“Get out the owner’s manual for your machine. Read the instructions for free-motion, lowering the feed dogs, adjusting the upper and lower tension (if necessary) as well as how to adjust the pressure of the presser foot for thick bundles. Be sure the machine is clean and oiled according to the manufacturers recommendations.
Pin-baste a muslin practice sandwich and experiment with the lightweight thread in your machine. Adjust the tension if needed so that the threads catch in the middle of the layers. Stitch some loops, write your name, trace out a design and follow my stitching advice. Now pin-baste a large scale busy print practice sandwich and just let yourself go! Stitch all over the fabric, following what the manufacturer printed. Isn’t that fun? You have done all I could ask to be ready for our big day.”