I've been trying to do what I can to make my quilting system work really well until I get a longarm. I got the new Brother (which I love) and today I got a stitch regulator. I went to hook up the stitch regulator tonight, and it WON'T FIT on my carriage! I am so frustrated about this. The carriage I have works just fine--it moves very smoothly and allows me to do what I need to do. However, it is really important to me to be able to offer the best quality workmanship to my customers. I wouldn't want to spend hours making a beautiful quilt, pay someone to quilt it, and get it back with wonky stitches. I'm picky, and I'm sure many of my customers will be too. I want to be satisfied with my work just as much as I want my customers to be satisfied with my work. So it looks like I'll be calling the company in the morning and seeing how fast I can get a carriage upgrade. I'm pretty annoyed about this, but I'm glad I'm getting these kinks worked out.
On a happier note, I'll be attending HMQS in a couple of weeks and taking a few classes. One of the classes I'm taking is called "Sew fast, sew precise machine bindings." I'm intrigued about it. Good binding takes quite a while, and this method sounds worth learning. One of the supplies I need to bring is a mini-size quilt that needs binding, which we will do in the class. I am leaning towards doing one like this by Kati. Really, look at this link. It is fabulous. I may have to do something simpler though, because this is in two weeks and I have some other things to do in the meantime. If I don't make that this time, I will be doing something like it eventually. The pattern for this can be found here.