Okay it was totally worth the several hours it took me to figure out how to use the new machine because LOOK AT THIS MAGIC. This is the most gorgeous satin stitch I have ever achieved and it is SO TINY AND PERFECT I DIDN’T KNOW THIS WAS POSSIBLE ASDFJKL; *collapses*
To be fair, I’ve never had a machine with an actual satin stitch setting before. I’ve always just tightened up the zigzag stitch on my little manual machine, which isn’t quite the same thing (though it’s a perfectly functional way to finish applique if you don’t have a fancy-schmancy sewing machine with, like, more than five basic stitches). Having to do it manually for years probably helped me manage all the angles and curves on this piece, but the stitching is so smooth and even! I feel like I’ve just discovered cruise control.
…which, now that I think about it, I just did. I got my first new car a couple months ago (yay! I have a car with a roof and working door locks now!), and it’s the first vehicle I’ve ever owned that’s equipped with cruise control. (Of course, I keep forgetting to engage it because I’m not used to having it…)
Anyway, enough random facts about my driving. I’m just excited about the pretty satin stitch and had to flail a bit. XD