|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!!