Using the projector on the PFAFF creative icon 2: Perfect for quilting by Betty Biberdorf October 26, 2022 written by Betty Biberdorf October 26, 2022 194 Yesterday we took a quick look at the built-in aids in the Help Center and how to personalize the screen of our PFAFF creative icon 2. Next to the AI (Artificial Intelligence) on the creative icon 2, which we talked about yesterday, another amazing new feature is the built-in projector which gives us both a projected grid and laser guide. This tool is a game changer for piecing and quilting our projects! PFAFF creative icon 2 Projector Grid and laser with stitch preview Using the projector for quilting So, how does the built-in projector assist me in my quilting? It previews the stitch before I sew it – in actual size! The grid can be adjusted in size and angle which is great for allover quilting on my project. The laser guide lets me use 1 or 2 guidelines either straight or at any angle. I can even adjust the color of the grid or laser guidelines to work with most fabric colors and I’m not limited to one or the other – I can use the grid and 1 or both guidelines at the same time! Just think how the projector can assist me with sewing half square triangle blocks. I usually sew them with two squares right sides together with a line drawn from one diagonal corner to the opposite corner, a ¼” seam stitched on both sides of the drawn line and then cut apart between the rows. With the advance of the built-in projector, I don’t need to draw the diagonal line. I set one of the laser lines as my diagonal line guide and the other laser line as my stitch line. I can set it for whatever distance I want it to be – in this case ¼” or 6mm. And it’s very easy to set up the projector for either the grid or laser guideline. Open the Projector from either the physical button on the machine or through the Projector icon on the screen. The PFAFF creative icon 2 Projector Menu opened on screen from the Projector icon To sew half square triangles, I only need the laser stitch guidelines. Set the second guide to 6mm or ¼” away from the first guideline, and you’re ready to start sewing. Place the second guide on a corner of your square, and place the square diagonally under the presser foot. The stitch will be 6mm or ¼” away from the diagonal center. Turn the fabric and repeat for the opposite side. PFAFF creative icon 2 Laser Guidelines Sewing half square triangles with a specialty stitch We used a straight stitch to sew our half square triangles together. I wonder what happens if I sew a decorative stitch instead of a straight stitch? Now I can hear you saying – Wait – you can’t sew a seam together with a decorative stitch! Well, on the PFAFF creative icon 2 you can – let me show you how! (I was going to wait until tomorrow to show you this technique but I’m too excited about the possibilities that I need to share this with you today!) We have a specialty techniques stitch category #8 subcategory #5 called Floating Stitches. When you’ve opened your seams and pulled the fabric open, these stitches look like they’re floating on the fabric and you can’t see the connecting straight stitches between the decorative stitch. Select a floating stitch and place a piece of tear-a-way stabilizer behind the two pieces of fabric. Set your second laser line to 6mm or ¼” and sew the floating stitch ¼” away from the diagonal center of the square. PFAFF creative icon 2 Half Square Triangles with Floating Stitch using the Laser Guideline Now let’s see the magic happen! Cut the block apart between the two rows of floating stitches. Gently pull the top fabric away from the bottom fabric exposing the floating stitch only – the connecting stitches remain under the fabric. What a great way to sew half square triangles and have a decorative stitch add a creative touch to my block. Half Square Triangle block with Floating stitch Quilting using the projector grid guideline The Projector Grid also helps me keep my stitching straight whether it’s a row of straight stitches or a row of text stitched on my fabric. I just need to keep my grid line following the previously stitched row and I can sew repeated rows of text without drawing a single line! Just think of the beautiful quilt labels you can make using the Projector Grid! After I stitched my lettering on half of my square, I used the laser stitch guide to sew the block together. PFAFF creative icon 2 Projector Grid, both guidelines and stitch preview Half Square triangle with lettering I also love making bags and I use a top fabric, foam-type stabilizer such as INSPIRA In-R-Form, and backing fabric. The three layers are quilted together, and the projector makes this so easy! I used to draw my lines, insert my quilting guide and hope the quilting guide would help me sew straight (it usually didn’t!!). My creative icon 2 is a game changer with a built-in projector grid. I can set up the grid and use it to do my quilting. I just need to draw one line at a corner and use the grid to do the rest of my stitching. I can even choose a decorative stitch and project it onto my fabric to see what it will look like as a quilting stitch. So much easier than using the quilting guide! PFAFF creative icon 2 Projector Grid guide quilting with decorative stitch Use the grid to help keep your stitching in line and even. PFAFF creative icon 2 Projector Grid sewing decorative stitch to quilt fabric You can see from the backing fabric how evenly spaced the stitches are. Notice there’s no puckering of the fabric and I didn’t spray-baste or pin the three layers together. PFAFF creative icon 2 stitch quality on back of fabric You can see why the PFAFF creative icon 2 is the perfect machine for all quilters and why I love the built-in projector capabilities! You’ll probably want to check out these amazing features at your local dealer. Did you happen to notice the picture with the writing in the block? Join me tomorrow when we take a closer look at the many creative stitch possibilities on the PFAFF creative icon 2! This is part 3 of 5 in this series Go back to part 2: How to set up your PFAFF creative icon 2 Go to part 4: Creating new fabric with decorative stitches on the PFAFF creative icon 2 Print this page or save as a PDF 0qs349creative icon 2pfaffquilting tutorialssewing machine reviews FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinRedditWhatsappTelegramEmail Betty Biberdorf Betty has been an avid sewer for many years, starting on a treadle sewing machine and now enjoying being creative using her top of the line PFAFF® sewing machine. As a PFAFF® Educator for over 20 years, Betty has been able to share her knowledge of sewing and embroidery with consumers and retailers across Canada. Over the years, she has had the opportunity to teach at various venues such as PFAFF® Convention, Retail Stores and Sewing Shows in various countries. Betty had the privilege as a PFAFF® Educator to be part of the product development team for sewing machines and embroidery software. Betty enjoys creating projects for SVP Canada (distributer of PFAFF®, HUSQVARNA® VIKING® and SINGER®) and has had numerous projects published in A Needle Pulling Thread and the Canadian Quilter magazine. With so many tools available to sewers today, she loves using the creative and advanced features on her sewing machines. The Embroidery Software also lets her bring her creativity to a whole other level with the ability to create her own embroidery designs. previous post How to set up your PFAFF creative icon 2 next post Creating new fabric with decorative stitches on the PFAFF creative icon 2 YOU MAY ALSO LIKE... PFAFF creative icon 2 | Embroidery Exploration PFAFF creative icon 2 | Presser Feet Essential steps for getting started on the PFAFF... PFAFF creative icon 2: Unboxing delight and first... The PFAFF Sew-on Button Foot helps to finish... Quilting using the Design Placement on the mySewnet... Working the Precision Positioning | creative icon 2 How I searched mySewnet for the perfect rose... Mini Designs and Built-in machine fonts on the... 2 comments Paula Rudolph November 9, 2022 - 8:52 am Great ideas Reply Betty Biberdorf November 9, 2022 - 7:19 pm Thank you Paula! Reply Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. 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