A to Z of Machine Embroidery and Quilting
Lint comes from various sources:
- thread (even if it claims to be lint free!)
The most important thing to know about lint is… removing it regularly from your embroidery machine will significantly improve your embroidery results.
A good rule of thumb is to clean the lint from your machine every time you change the bobbin.
The majority of lint accumulates around the bobbin, but it also accumulates in the feed dogs, just under the stitch plate. Remove the stitch plate and open the bobbin door. Use a good sized brush (I like to use soft paintbrushes that can be found in the paint department at your local craft store) and / or a Q-Tip to clean all the lint and fluff out. Some people like to use a tiny vacuum cleaner to suck the link out. You definitely want to avoid anything that will push the lint back into the embroidery machine.
When I’ve cleaned all the lint off my BERNINA embroidery machines, I usually add a drop of oil to the bobbin casing. This makes for a very happy machine!
Another place where lint has a tendency to accumulate is on the needle bar, just above the screw that holds the needle in place. Sometimes it’s easiest to get to this when the needle is all the way down making a stitch. Use a Q-Tip to wipe all the lint off the needle bar.
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What I love about this collection… Spirals of Life is a small wall hanging, 30″ x 30″. It’s not often that I make 2 versions of a quilt, but for this one I had two gorgeous color combinations from Fronds Design Studio so 2 quilts it was!
Spirals of Life can be created entirely in the hoop, quilting and all, which makes it pretty fast and easy.
Pillows featuring the quilting only (no appliqué shapes) look stunning in linen and heavier weight thread.
Change up the orientation of the 7.5″ x 7.5″ blocks to create a different effect: