Then I tried taking one stitch at a time, moving the machine a small fraction with each stitch. That was better, but time consuming.
And now my new method, which I happened upon when reading an article by Kim Brunner. She does one stitch at a time, but pulls on the thread tails to move the fabric. What a revelation!
To show you how this is done, I've put together a video of the process.
Now isn't that awesome?
Here are pictures of the top
and the bottom
Much better than was I was getting before!
So, a really big thank you to Kim Brunner! She is an excellent teacher and I highly recommend her 'Machine Quilting with Templates' class through Craftsy.com.
I love Craftsy--it's a great way to take a class! Work at your own pace, have access to the class forever, all without having to pack your sewing machine! A big win-win!
I hope you give the lock stitch technique a try, and check out Kim's class.