Thank you for all the information, it was not too long. While I am new to free motion quilting, I have done a number of quilts on my DSM. I have learned how to fluff and stuff/shove the part of the quilt I am not working on through the throat of the machine. I have learned to start from the center and work out though the quadrants to lessen the extra fabric in the throat. While I will have more throat space on George, I believe I will still do it the same way.
So as I read your statement, you would suggest getting the shorter rulers, as the longer rulers get unwieldy as they get longer. So bigger is not always better.
I was asking about the bracket that attaches to the actual circle hopping foot, as it looks to me to rise up from the circle and then angle up into the machine. My concern was that bracket itself might struck the rule when on the inside which might distort the line or pattern of the ruler/template. Other machine hopping feet I have looked at have the bracket that attaches to the ring hopping foot go straight up on towards the inside of the circle, and thus unable to interfere with rulers/templates. The did not see this as just an issue with George but all APQS machines as how their bracket attaches to the circle/open toe foot.
I did not know the needle did not come down into the center of the hopping foot. I figured it would be pretty much exactly centered inside the circle foot. I will have to check that out on my George, before I use a template that uses all sides of the hopping foot to complete the design.
On my DSM, I always used a walking foot to SID, and to stabilize the quilt before free motioning inside the blocks/open areas. With the larger throat, I figured it would be easier to use George for this verses my DSM, but was not sure if you used a ruler for this or just TLARed (that looks about right) it. I normally use monopoly for this to cut down on the noticeability of any poor piecing or when stepping out of the ditch.
I have learned that it is a great idea to get a small pocket notebook, and record all your thread/needle/tension/fabric/batting combinations to make it easier to properly setup the machine for the next quilt. There are just too many combinations to remember in your head. The notebook truly speeds up the process, and makes it much more enjoyable when things workout easily. Since you seem to simply increase or decrease upper tension on longarm machines, do you use any type of gage for upper thread adjustments/setups? I plan on getting lower bobbin gauge, but was not certain how to do it with the upper setting. Its much easier to set a digital upper thread adjustment on my DSM.
Thank you again for your comments.
Thank you for sharing our comments with me and the group. I will check out the rings/square. I do not like wearing gloves when quilting as it seems difficult for me grasp the thread tails. For this reason, I use batt scooters on my DSM. I will have to see how they work on George.
Until this afternoon when I called APQS to ask some more questions, I was under the impression that I could not upgrade to the interchangeable feet without going through an expensive gearbox upgrade. Amy at APQS told me that I can install the interchangeable bracket myself, and that I would only have to upgrade the gearbox if I wanted to use M sized bobbins. As I do not quilt for business, but for pleasure I can handle the approximately 20 yards smaller L sized bobbin. I had been told during previous APQS discussions that the representative felt the L bobbin provided slightly better stitch quality when doing small stippling or small detail work. I am sure this is a matter of opinion. Though, I can use saved funds for rulers/templates or other things that I am sure I will "need" for George. I was trying to stretch those funds by getting in on the end of year deals.
Thank you again for your thoughts and comments.
Thank you for the thoughtful, and informative reply.
1. Yes, when I referenced the earlier edition small hopping foot, I believe I was/am referencing the "Flip Flop" foot. As I stated earlier, I just learned today that I can upgrade to the interchangeable hopping foot bracket much cheaper than expected as I do not actually have to upgrade the gearbox. That makes it much less expensive, and affordable to do ruler work on George. I am very glad that I spoke with Amy at APQS to learn this today, as it looks like I will simply get the ruler foot for George, and not have to worry as much about messing up the machine by attempting to quilt the ruler.
2. Since I am just starting out with George and ruler work, I will take your suggestion and try the 1/4 inch rulers.
3. I asked the question about the inside of the foot, as I was wondering if the mounting bracket would hit on the inside if quilting on the inside of circle, square, etc. template. It just looks like it might his the template and distort the design.
4. I will have to practice my ruler and SID quilting on some NICU blankets like I have been practicing my free motion quilting. It helps the kids, and helps me build my skills.
5. I guess I will start with those three rulers you suggested. I have had good luck following my instructors inputs, and learning from yours and other nationally renowned quilting instructors. I thank you again for all of your YouTube videos, and training videos. They have been truly helpful, as I have only been quilting since February. A year ago, I never thought I would be spending my free time quilting, but I have grown to enjoy giving of myself and my time to others through my or my guilds community quilts. I have truly learned how much more a homemade gift means when someone opens it. If my work is 1/5th as good, as yours I will be truly blessed. Please keep your videos, blogs, and posts coming for all of us to learn from you.
Again, I thank all of you for sharing your thoughts and comments. I look forward to learning more on George, and on this forum. Take care, and have a Happy New Year.