I am not fond of stitching in the ditch. Nor am I any good at it. Even with a walking foot.
When I started doing free motion quilting on my domestic machine I scrapped the walking foot and did my stitching in the ditch free hand. With better results.
Now that I have the long arm I have gone back on forth between free hand and using a ruler. Neither seemed to work well so on this quilt I put away the ruler and decided to quilt it all free hand.
Here are my results:
Bad:Really good:Really bad:
The good and really good far outweigh the bad or really bad. In fact I really have very few mishaps. Overall I did a better job than I do with a ruler and faster. I do have to note that this it only going up and down and from left to right. Diagonal is not up for consideration at this point.
So do you stitch in the ditch with your walking foot, a ruler, freehand or not at all?
Keeping in the ditch on the Journey, Jackie