The Quilting menu in the Sewing Applications menu on the Skyline S7 has 6 options for you and each of those options is unique in it own special way.
This part of the menu will give you 3 styles of straight stitch (one with no programmed lock stitch, one with a lock stitch at the start and finish of a stitch and one that automatically stitch forward and then reverses at the start and finish of you stitch).
All stitches are set for the centre needle position, and stitch length is set slightly longer at 3.0mm to give a nicer quilting stitch.
This stitch is designed to be used as a decorative stitch on a quilt top, not for quilt construction (you would use the Patchwork Menu for construction of a quilt top).
This menu gives you four stitch options, each will only stitch once at a time.
i.e they are designed to be used as decorative accents and not as continuous stitching
This menu will give you stitches that you can use to add texture and detail to your quilt top. There are 3 different options, each with a different stitch weight.
This is one of my favorite menus, these stitches look like they have been stitched by hand, when you use the right thread. Stitch number 1 is my favorite stitch in this menu.
Pro Tip: Some of these stitches might look like other stitches available on the machine via the stitch menu, but the devil is in the detail so to speak. Expand the stitch settings menu and take note of the different needle tensions, stitch lengths and foot pressures for the stitches.
Here is a tutorial we did a while ago on how to set your machine up for a Hand Look Stitch.
Free motion quilting and thread painting with ease, here we come.
The Free Quilt menu sets up your Skyline S7 for free motion stitching, it will even tell you that you need to drop the feed dogs when you first open the menu.
You will then be faced with 4 options.
- Straight stitch free motion using the PD-H foot
- Zig Zag free motion using the PD-H foot
- Straight stitch free motion using the QC/QO floating free motion foot
- Zig Zag free motion using the QV floating free motion foot
Personally I have only used the various manifestations of the Floating Free Motion Feet for the past 6 years, since Janome first released one for the Memory Craft 6600p.
The advantage to using the floating free motion foot, is that you can set the foot height so that it just skims the fabric, enabling you full and total control of your fabric movement.
As opposed to the PD-H or as it is more commonly known the Darning Foot, which bounces up and down as the needle moves up and down.
The disadvantage here being that on the downwards motion the foot grabs hold of the fabric, not allowing you free flowing fabric movement.
How the Variable Zig Zag works is you insert the knee lift into the machine, and then you select whether you would like to sew with the feed dogs up (Top 2 options) or the feed dogs down (Bottom 2 options).
Once you have made this decision all you need to do is attach the correct foot and then as you are sewing gently press on the knee lift.
This will start the machine Zig Zagging, no more you push the knee lift the wider the zig zag will become.
Great for all sorts of decorative applications and free motion thread painting.
Here is a tutorial we did on Variable Zig Zag.