Okay, so for my birthday a few weeks ago, I got this -
It's a piece of silicone-like material with a slippery side and a sticky side. In the very center, there is a little hole and it fits right over the bed of your machine.
Machine quilting has always intrigued me, but I've never been that good at it.
So, I put together some pinwheels and made a little doll quilt for my youngest niece.
The Slider made all the difference! Before, my movements were very jerky and I would have a lot of drag on my machine. The Slider removed the drag completely and made my movements so much more fluid!
The Slider is a little on the pricey side - about $35 (yikes!). But I really think this is a good investment if you plan on doing a lot of machine quilting. The only thing that was a little annoying is you have to take off the slider to change the bobbin (if you have a drop-in bobbin machine), but I wasn't very annoyed by it.
I have heard other quilters who use a piece of clear vinyl, but I don't know how they get the hole in the center where the needle goes. I'm kinda lazy, so I wouldn't want to worry about cutting the vinyl to the right size, then worrying about the hole in the center. The Slider just seems a lot easier all around ;-).
I hope you're all having an amazing Sunday!
Have you done any machine quilting? Does it scare you like it does me? Any other tips and tricks from the experts? I'd love to hear!