Listen to the motor of your machine. Never have an iPod, music, books, or other noises. You should focus on the "music" of your machine. Repeat exercises on pg. 122 and 123 of "Heirloom Machine Quilting" three times successively in order.
1. Listen to the machine
2. Focus on hand rythmn
3. Direct traffic by what you're seeing
4. Think of the stitch length you like
5. Duplicate what you see in your mind
6. Concentrate, focus, relax, enjoy, but maintain a disciplined focus
You should enter a meditative-like state. Almost identical to the one where I would practice piano for four hours straight and not even notice my aching back, strained shoulders or anything around me. Breathe, relax, enjoy, focus on only this.
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