Good morning. And congrats on your new Millie. Re thread, I'm sold completely on Glide thread and manga bobbins sold on www.bobbincentral.com. The bobbins have a small magnet that holds very good to your bobbin case (be sure to take out the bobbin spring first). Those threads work so well together I almost never have a tension issue. I do have the micro handles, but I didn't use them very often. I'm not a micro quilter as I thought I would be due to health issues. I would be willing to sell them if your interested. I agree with Libby to practice free motion a bunch! I used a small white erase board on my lap while watching TV doin feathers, spirals, well anything you want to practice. That helped a great deal. I also bought a bolt of muslin that I could put on my machine to start with and practice what I had been drawing. And welcome to the forum.