I recently realized that I can quilt straight lines on the quilting setup that I have. (I am currently using this frame and this machine.) It’s not perfect, but it sure beats using a regular machine! To start with, I was using the frame as a guide and running the machine along the take up (back) rail to keep my lines straight. I could quilt 2 lines before I had to turn the quilt-the first one involved butting the needle/presser foot up to the rail. The second line was done by pulling the machine as far towards me as I could, so that the take up rail was butted up to the body of the machine.
As I quilted more and more, I started to move away from the safety net of using the rails to keep my lines straight. By the end of the quilt, I was rolling the quilt far less and free handing far more. The lines aren’t perfect, but I think it’s good enough for my first attempt!
There were a few hiccups when I was learning all of this. First, the presser foot tried to eat my quilt! When I was running the presser foot edge against the rail to quilt, I had a few stops where the fabric already rolled up on the rail was being eaten up by the presser foot as it hopped along. To fix this, I taped a piece of template plastic to the machine. That way, the presser foot was only touching the plastic and my quilt stayed safely on the other side. 🙂 Here’s a picture to better explain this: