I finished the top and sandwiched the wall-hanging, eager to get it under the needle so I could really see how much easier it would be to machine quilt on Jewel as opposed to Pfaffie.
I was 100% correct in my assumption that the extra 3-1/2″ in the harp would make a difference. It definitely does.
The tie-off and scissors features were much handier than I’d ever imagined.
What I did not anticipate was the slight bounce when the dual feed is engaged. That took some getting used to. I was merely ditch quilting seams and around the insides of the t-shirt blocks. I used the stitch-in-the-ditch AF foot. I obtained the best results by moving the needle position two clicks left or right of the default setting, depending on which side of the seam I was working on. I also had to go a little slower than usual to keep the stitches from “crossing the ditch”. I “unsewed” a fair portion of what I stitched until I got the hang of it. The ditch foot works well for straight lines. However, when you want to go around circles or star points, it’s difficult to see with any of the AF feet, except the open toe foot. That is the one foot I did not buy and wish I’d gone on ahead and purchased it. Oh well, live and learn.
Once Jewel is paced on a piece of shelf gripper and surrounded by her insert, I anticipate the bounce will lessen.
My attempt at free motion quilting will come later in the week.