I thought I would take the stitches out while it was still on the frame. Interesting to do, but I didn't want to redo the sewing later. I had to adjust my cruise control and finally got the pattern and stitch length I liked.
See the threads above Lucy and Charlie Brown?
Underside of frame where I have been removing thread- I guess it matches too well can't see it unless you look to the right of the black sashing
this is what it looks like when I found my rhythm