Above and below are examples of my exploration into marks and lines free-stitched on a Bernina 330 onto calico bonded to medium weight vilene (F220).
I am familiar with free machining but have always wanted to explore whip, feather and cable stitch so this was a new venture for me. I’m not sure how I failed to notice that I was tightening, rather than loosening the tension screw on the bobbin (I was following an instruction in a book rather than my machine manual!!) However that afternoon’s work was frustrating as I determinedly adjusted the top and bottom tension by degrees hoping to get a spectacular example of feather stitch. The two samples below are stitched with the bobbin too tight.
When, in desperation, I focused fully on the bobbin and realised the error of my ways, I loosed the bobbin and stitched the following samples which matched the ‘spectacular’ outcome I was hoping for.
I really enjoyed this exercise and tried lots of different types of thread. I feel confident that I now have good control over my bobbin and top tension to create different effects and have tried a reasonable variety of threads to identify those which don’t work so well and those which give particularly good textural results. I am really looking forward to using these techniques in my work.