|I Cannot Begin to Tell You How Proud I Am of This Bobbin (But I Will Try Anyway)|
Now OF COURSE my APQS dealer demonstrated how to use this intimidating beast of a bobbin winder at my new owner class, but that was a year ago and all I remembered was the tip about plugging the bobbin winder into a power strip with an on/off switch to control the machine without having to stick your fingers near moving parts. I went to the Internet, to the trusty APQS blog and YouTube channel, and found only ONE video demonstrating how to use the Turbo Bobbin Winder:
The only problem I had with this video is that Angela's fingers are in the way when she's threading around the tensioner and through those little guides, so I wasn't 100% sure of the thread path. I went back to the Internet, this time to the APQS Facebook group for tips, suggestions, and moral support. Armed with my newfound courage, I faced off with the Turbo Terror and found...
|They Left a Thread Trail For Me, Like In Hansel and Gretel!|
|It Worked! And It Was Easy!|
So, my final assessment of the APQS Turbo Terror Bobbin Winder is that it is a lot like the Rottweiler in my sewing room -- he might LOOK ferocious and intimidating, but he's actually pretty sweet! :-) I feel foolish for avoiding it for so long!!
|I Might Look Scary, But I Am Really Just a Sweet Baboo|
|Original Quilting Plan|
|Judi Madsen's Quilting Books, available on Amazon here|
|Judi's Wide Open Borders Class Sample on Left, Judi's Quilting on Traditional Client's Quilt on Right|
So, in a Quilter's Quandary about my proposed ruler work for Tabby Mountain, I asked myself "WWJD?" (That's "What Would JUDI Do" -- Jesus wasn't a quilter!). And it turns out that what Judi would do is mark references for the ruler work designs with a purple temporary fabric marker rather than relying on the etched lines on her rulers for spacing. Hmmm... That WOULD make it less intimidating, wouldn't it?
In all of sewing and quilting, there are almost as many ways of doing things as there are quilters. Whether you're looking for help at your local guild, from books and magazines, or in online forums, you're going to find quilters who are advocating wildly different methods and it can be difficult to know who to listen to when you're a newbie like me! I've found the most success when I follow how-to advice from the quilters who excel at the kind of quilts I most aspire to make, since what works well enough for one style of quilting does not necessarily yield the best results for EVERY style of quilting. With that in mind, even though I've never really been much of a class person, let alone online video class person (still have not watched the Craftsy class that I purchased 2 years ago!), I am seriously considering purchasing AND WATCHING Judi's online quilting classes to learn more about how she does her Green Fairy magic. Incidentally, Judi will be teaching her classes IN PERSON at MQX in April. I wish I was going! Maybe next time.
Computer time is over! Back to my studio!!
glad to hear you are getting your machine all figured out. Judi is a divine quilter isn't she - puts more quilting in then I would want on one of my quilts as some of them look like they stand up without anyone holding them up - but to each there own - it is excellent quilting - so glad though that you are getting your beast figured out
Judi is also the primary inspiration for my own quilting journey! There are two others who have been incredibly instrumental, but she was the first, and probably the strongest. I actually sent a quilt to her several years ago, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I need to get it out and up on the wall again for a while. So, hey - It's good to hear that the bobbin winder is a sweet thing instead of the rotweiller I've been thinking it is, too. I haven't touched mine, yet, either. Sure, the prewounds are convenient as all get-out, but it would be a lot more economical if I would just get over myself and start using the winder!
I have a turbo winder also and was scared by the speed of it at first. Now that I'm use to it, I love it. No need to buy those prewound bobbins when I can wind them so quickly myself, and get the right number of bobbins wound. One thing I would recommend is to tuck a small piece of batting in the guide that's up in the air. That keeps the thread from moving around. I also recommend a small piece of batting in the first thread guide on your LA, for the same reason. (Maybe you're already doing that? I can't see a photo of that part of your machine.)
Our LA group had Judi come and give us classes for 2 days and she is an amazing quilter. That's funny that you say WWJ(udi)D. I'm always thinking WWAD--What would Angela do?!
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