Well, it was the case of the Itty Bitty Block versus the humongous 750.
The 750 won!
Note to self: Do not ever try to make a block this small for the first venture on a new machine!
Okay, I'm sure it was operator error. In fact, I'm positive it was operator error. Absolutely positive.
First, I figured I didn't need to use the dual feed. Never have owned a machine with dual feed. Don't need it now.
The machine was eating up the block, chewing it to pieces. So I lowered the dual feed. That baby fed right on through like it had good sense. That problem solved.
Then I decided I didn't need the knee lift. (The knee lift was misplaced by the maids, and I located it at 2:00 this morning tucked away in the hall closet.) But after all that searching, I didn't need to use it.
The 750 doesn't have a presser foot lift lever on the back of the machine like every other machine that exists in the world. Well, there may be other machines out there without a lift lever but I'm sticking with that statement. I was getting whiplash and carpel tunnel and high cholesterol reaching 171 times for a lever that's not there. There's a button on the front of the machine to lift the foot. I could not make myself hit that button, or I'd hit the wrong button. I think I accidentally automatically cut my thread about 169 of those 171 tries. That button makes the presser foot go all the way up or all the way down. There's no in between. You know how sometimes you just need to lift it a touch to straighten your block or whatever. Couldn't do it.
I wondered if it would work better with the knee lift.
Yep. That problem solved.
One hour. One itty bitty block. One awful looking itty bitty block.
This is a block for Temecula Quilt Company's Countdown to Christmas project. I still want to make this quilt, but I need to wait until I'm more familiar with the new machine before trying again. I'm really glad I decided to just cut fabric for one star out of this gorgeous Midwinter Reds by Minick & Simpson. I'll just tuck away the layer cake for now and pull out a bigger project to work on.
But I still have Midwinter Reds on my brain. Hmmmm...........