Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Bernina Stitch Regulator
For the last 2 days I have been using the Bernina Stitch Regulator. As a machine quilter and teacher this was an opportunity I couldn't refuse.
While I am qulting away using the Bernina Stitch Regulator I was thinking about my Dad. He was a wonderful wood worker and cabinet maker. I remember him saying to my one day, it's important to learn how to use the hand tools first and become proficient in them. Once you understand how these tools respond when using them, you then can appreciate the power tools and what they have to offer.
As I use this Bernina Stitch Regulator I realized humbly that he was right. I 've been machine quilting without a stitch regulator since 1990. It has taken alot of practice to learn the art (yes the art) of machine quilting. Making sure that you regulate your stitches so they are not what I called "Morse Code", you know the ones, dash, dash, dot, dash, dot!
I enjoyed using the Bernina Stitch Regulator, although it took some time to get use to. For those quilters who want to do free motion quilting, but do not want to practice, practice, practice, this is what you need! It gives you the opportunity to do free motion quilting without having to do all the work.
I have alot of freinds who are beautiful machine quilters, not a stitch regulator in sight! I know that they might disagree with me, but I'm not sure they have had the same opportunity granted me.
I now appreciate the stitch regulator and what it has to offer the home sewer/quilter. You will still need to take machine quilting classes to learn other machine quilting skills, but regulating you stitches will not be one of them!
I will always be learning new designs, but what a treat it was to use the stitch regulator. Thank you Pam and Judy at A Great Notion for this wonderful opportunity!