Long arm machines seem so big and intimidating, but they aren't! This is the one we were using. Anyone else have that HQ Avanté commercial from Pat Sloan's radio show permanently etched in their brain?!
This is the view from the side of the machine. The design on the paper is a pantograph and you use a laser to follow along the design. So cool!
Trying a pantograph I am. So serious!
Yay! I got a few good points!
Now trying free motion from the front of the machine.
Yes, I am having fun!
I was thrilled to learn that all of the free motion quilting skills I've been developing on my domestic machine translate well to the long arm machine. There is some learning to do to adjust for the weight of the machine instead of the drag of the quilt, but that's should come easier with a bit of practice.
Of course, my worst fear came true; now I really want a long arm machine. Oops. If there are any fairy godparents out there who have a spare machine…lol! In the meantime, I am happy to rent time on Jan's machine at The Pickle Dish. Woo hoo! First I need to make a big quilt top…
Jan offers the long arm machine workshop regularly so check out The Pickle Dish site or contact the store for more details.