Yesterday was my GO! day. I finally worked up enough courage to unpack the box and take out the lovely, shiny and bright GO! machine and accessories…right on my kitchen table.
If the truth be known, I have to confess is that I’m very apprehensive when it comes to machines. There’s always been this kinda love-hate relationship with me any any kind of machine. I’ve been known to break into a cold sweat in front of a photocopier…and that’s even before a paper jam!
I diligently read through all the instructions to familiarize myself with all the do’s and dont’s and the various components of the GO! Pictured below is the standard die that comes with the machine which includes the half square 2” finished triangle, a 2 1/2” square and a 4 1/2” square.
Because I love working with hst’s (half square triangles), I decided that I’d start with those.
In order to minimize the wasting of fabric, it is best to cut only one shape at a time. It is also recommended that the fabric be cut on the lengthwise grain to achieve the most accurate cuts because this is the grain that has the least amount of stretch. I decided ahead of time that this was only going to be a practice run, so I used only scraps and off cuts of leftover fabric I had on hand.
I started off with five layers of quilt shop quality fabric but I had trouble turning the handle and the machine kept lifting off the table. I reduced the amount to four layers and that seemed to be the magic number because everything went smoothly from there.
What you see below are the results after passing the fabric through the GO! using the hst die. Can you see that there are 4 individual half square triangles…minus the dog ears?
This next photo shows the excess or wasted fabric that remains after one pass of cutting the hst’s.
Some things you might want to consider at this point…waste, accuracy and speed.
In order to minimize wasting fabric, you have to precut the fabric to the recommended size before passing it through the machine. This takes time.
To achieve the most accurate cuts, it is recommended that only quilt shop quality fabric be used and on the lengthwise grain in order to minimize shrinkage when cutting.
However, once the fabric is cut and stacked for the machine, the speed of the actual cutting of the shapes using the GO! is exceptional. It literally takes about 10-15 seconds to make one pass through the machine. Sixteen hst’s in a turn of the handle!
Another positive feature about the GO! is that it is VERY user friendly.
It took me about an hour and a half to cut approximately 200 hst’s. If you take into consideration my phobia of machines and the fact that everything was new to me, this probably wasn’t too bad.
At this point, all I’ve done is cut the hst’s. I haven’t sewn any together in order to test the accuracy of the cutting. So until I actually start to piece some of these half square triangles together, I will not be able to say for certain whether it’s a GO! or not.
Stay tuned for my next report. In the interim…