Posted 04 January 2013 - 01:17 PM
For me, it depends on what kind of quilting I am doing, For stitch in the ditch, SR (stitch regulated) is the easiest way to go. For outlining applique, or for doing bump back feathers (where you backtrack) for me, SR is also the way to go. Some people prefer non SR for those feathers, though. If I am doing a design that is going to require abrupt direction changes, I also use SR. If you know exactly where you are going, non SR is fine, but if you need to hesitate and think it over, I find non SR to be kind of intimidating. Small background fills go more smoothly witn non SR. That said, I have Quilt Glide on my machine which is designed to smooth out that type quilting even if you are in SR mode. I think its a matter of your skill level and your confidence level. I would certainly practice with non SR, and switch to SR for instances where you don't get the results you like. These tools are available to make quilting easier, so I don't think people who never use SR are "better" quilters..they just get the results they want in a different way.