Well, I did it.
I turned in the Big machine with all the bells and whistles.
I didn't buy a new one yet.
I have one on layaway. I don't even know if I'll end up getting that one. I am going to make monthly payments until tax time, and then we are going to re-think the whole machine thing and decide on a model.
For now, I get to be challenged by making do with a very plain sewing machine.
It has straight stitch, and zig zag.
As a quilter, one of the most important things I need my machine to do is measure and accurate 1/4".
If I move it to the right, then the needle and foot line up to the 1/4" that I need.
One way to test this is to sew on some paper, then measure it with a ruler.
(By the way, this is how you make perforated paper.)
Oh, it isn't very straight!
I am going to have to be very careful since I don't have my 1/4" foot with the guide to keep everything lined up. Here are a couple of tricks that might help me.
Slow down the machine. Even this plain machine can be slowed. I just turned the foot pedal over, and used a plastic screwdriver to adjust it how I liked.
Also, I made a nice pile of masking/painters tape to the right of the 1/4" line.
This will gives something to butt the fabric up against.
This is a bit of a pain when changing bobbins or cleaning the machine,
but that can't be helped for now.
My next purchase will be a 1/4" foot.
It really is quite in-expensive,
and will make a huge difference in my quilting.
But, for now, I will learn to sew slow and patient!!