to quilt the periwinkle, FINALLY. Projects sure get paused at my house. I started out on the singer 15-91 because I had read on several reviews/forums/blogs that it was superior for free motion quilting to my 201-2 because the 15 has an oscillating bobbin. The 201 has a drop in bobbin and the thread is more likely to drag they say. I was playing with the straight ruler and the 15 would not play nice. Then I tried just free motion and I couldn't get the groove going there either. The feed dogs drop in both machines, but seem to drop further down in the 201 and I wonder if that was a contributing factor. Even with dogs down and stitch length at zero there is still a little up down movement of the dogs on the 15. I wonder if I push my layers down enough for them to enter the hole and drag. Or perhaps that machine would be happier with a darning foot that does not hop. I have one good one right now that I prefer to hop on the 201, so I'm not modifying it. Besides, the 201 has more harp space and I like the sound of the motor more. It does resist slightly for side to side quilt movement compared to forward and back, but I've learned to adjust my fabric manipulation for that.
All that said, the going on the 201 was a little rough too. I guess you should quilt every now and then if you want to be good at it. I have two blocks that need the little hummingbird center quilting all ripped out to redo because I didn't play on practice blocks (imagine). I figure I'll probably be 1/4 to 1/2 the way done before I really get a smoother consistent stitch size and better in the ditch and just better. But it'll get done and maybe I'll do another before a year is up. I hope so, because I've still got that sampler quilt in the back of my brain and a box under the bed.
Speaking of ambition! I saw a great sale at Style Arc for 30% all of their downloadable patterns, one day only. I bought 6. Then ordered 2 more in paper. I haven't sewn a real garment for me in many many years. But I DID get that serger and need to break it in. And I really need some new clothes, as I haven't bought much of anything the past few years, and nothing but underwear and socks for the past 18 months or so. I COULD be motivated AND ambitious. We'll see.
(UPDATE THE NEXT NIGHTSHIFT: I've just spent 2 1/2 hours combing fabricmart online for deals and will be awaiting a nice package of knits from them to start the garment sewing. Exciting!)