After my success with the fuse and sew birds a couple of days ago, I decided to do a bit more of it. I had already fused and cut the die shapes. I had another couple of birds and a some dogs. The dogs are the AccuQuilt Gingham Dog die for the GO! cutter.
My dogs are not Gingham though, they are batik just like the birds. The previous birds were blue birds. Today I used the red batik and have two red birds. I am thinking these will go with the other two birds (and probably more dogs and birds) in a fun quilt. I will have to fuse and cut some more shapes with other batiks - but I am good with that.
I had some difficulty sewing around the birds. I couldn't figure out what was wrong. I thought the tension was messed up. Then I happened to glance at the thread spool. The thread was wrapping around the rod that the spool goes on. My machine is designed with the thread spool rod horizontally. The thread wasn't coming off the spool properly. Hmmm..what to do? This thread is embroidery thread on a small cone. Hmm... (((Light Bulb!!)))) I place the spool on the bobbin winder post. It worked beautifully. My other option would have been to wind the thread on a spool or a bobbin OR use a thread stand, and well, I was being lazy and didn't want to get up. This was easier and it worked.
1. When you make something you like and have fun making - repeat your success; it feels good.
2. If the tension seems off, watch your thread to make sure it is coming off the spool neatly. If it catches on the rod, it will wreck your stitches and mimics a tension issue.
Have fun sewing!