Finally all the couching is done! Like I said, I bought a foot, which really helped. But it was still hard. And the foot is very close to the throat plate — I could barely fit the three layers under it, even with loosening the presser foot pressure.
Regardless, that's mostly done, except for a few touch-ups and parallel couching lines. The good news is that most of the sky is quilted! I was able to do it all in a couple of hours tonight. The bad news is that something seems to be wrong with my sewing machine. I have cleaned it out and changed the needle (and of course only use high quality materials). The problem is that it's getting jammed, and when I say jammed, I mean the quilt is getting pushed into the throat plate area. And when I finally wrench it free, some of the top thread has managed to wind itself around the bobbin. It's very weird. It did it once and I tried changing the needle and it has happened twice again. This is why the sky is mostly done and not all done.
Anyone have any ideas? I will take it in, of course, if necessary, but this is not the time for me to be without a machine. I don't have tons of machine work left, though, which is good.
Anyway, my idea is to put crystals or beads in the middle of the swirly bits.
This is a little blurry, but you get the idea. Again, very linty!