Hello all, I have been playing with my long arm god I love having it! So far I have done some outlining designs on a small piece (1/2yd) and mostly pantographs. I finally took the plunge and marked a piece of natural muslin I had laying around with some of my celtic knots and braids. I loaded it today, used 2 layers of 80/20 cotton/poly batting. I have superiors So Fine in the top and some of connecting threads white poly in the bottom.
The machine is running fine, my skills though need some building. I have some questions if some of you experienced long armers would help me out.
I wanted to have a nice regular stitch, I set the machine to 12 stitches per inch. But have been having some issues. One of them, the superior thread keeps shredding and breaking. Not sure if it is a bad spool, bad tension or something else. Another issue is that the threads once stitched look very very thin. Not sure if it is the thread weight (am using a size 18 needle) here are a few very close up shots of the border area, I really could use some advice. Will say, my original LA teacher said that diagonals are harder than straight (L/R or U/D) to stitch...strangely I managed to stitch better on the diagonal than the straight...hmm.