I kept a running list during class of all the new things I learned (or incorrect things I unlearned!) Maybe some of these are things you can learn from as well. BTW I have a Bernina Aurora 440QE.
- I was threading incorrectly when winding my bobbin, by not going around the back hook before looping around the little circle on top of the machine
- I learned how to easily unattach the board that snaps on to give more quilting area. I knew there was some trick to it, but usually I would just tug until it came off and hope it wouldn't break! I learned you put your thumb in the little thumb indentation and curl your fingers around the board to get it to pop right off.
- This is pretty obvious, but if you step with your heel on the presser foot, it raises or lowers the needle. It's even drawn right on there!
- Your bobbin is supposed to spin clockwise. I didn't learn this until I was trying to figure out my tension problems last month.
- Believe it or not, I was putting my thread on the spindle incorrectly. See photos below.
|No foam thingy behind the thread, and even though in this picture there's no stopper, I was using the medium stopper. This is bad for big spools like aurafil because they aren't evenly sitting on the spindle.|
|You're supposed to put that foam thing behind it for support. And I learned what the littlest stopper is for! It fits perfectly into the aurafil tip so it sits properly on the spindle.|
- We also learned how to take off the stitch plate and clean out our machines. Last time I took this class I think we just briefly discussed it, this time we disassembled everything together and actually used our little cleaning brushes (an item I didn't know the use of) to get it looking good as new.
- The bobbin case has a little eyelet (pig tail or something?) that you can thread through to increase tension for satin stitching. I wish I'd known that before I stitched all those animal alphabet letters!
- Raise the presser foot when threading the machine so there's no tension
- Finally, a clever trick for plugging in the BSR: You can see the green spot reflected in the stitch plate so you don't need to stick your head under there to see where to plug it in!
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The class was very fun and I'm glad I went. In the meantime, I've finished quilting my animal alphabet quilt except for the border, which I am having difficulty selecting a design for. Photos soon!