Hi again and welcome back! I enjoy free-motion quilting and making my own designs as I go. But when I find a pattern I like, I'm glad I have the Gracie Laser to make tracing it so much easier! So for this post I want to share with you my process for tracing patterns with the Gracie Laser.
Let me start by saying that one of the neat things about the laser is that you can attach it to either the front or back of your carriage.
You don't have to worry about any more wires getting in the way, because the laser is battery powered. I like to work from the front for individual blocks.
When I am doing a block,
I put a center mark on my pattern, and I also put an "S" where I want to start and an "E" where I want to end. Then I place the needle of my sewing machine in the center of the block I want to sew.
I place the pattern off to the side of the sewing machine. (You can put it on whatever side is easier for you to follow from.)
It's always a good idea to make sure that your machine can go all the way to the end (top and bottom) of the pattern before you start sewing! There's nothing worse than finding you don't have enough throat space after you've already started!
When you're ready to start, tape the pattern down in a few places with some painter's tape, and position the laser dot in the middle of the pattern.
The laser can swivel and be adjusted to almost any angle, and when it's where you want it, you can tighten the knob to lock it in place. Then take your machine to the "S" starting point.
When using the Laser, learn to use the pattern as an eye-guide and learn to relax while you follow the pattern. Don't feel like it's a bad thing if you don’t stay right on the line of the pattern. When you remove the pattern, nobody will ever know.
When doing a continuous pattern
I place the pattern on the table in the back, below the sewing machine, and put the laser on the back of the carriage.
I make markings (with chalk or removable marker) on the fabric where I want to start each row and where I want to finish each row, and I make sure the rows are spaced properly for my pattern.
I also put a starting mark on my pattern so that I start in the same spot each row.
Have fun with the Gacie Laser!
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