Since this would be my first foray into "travel" stitching, a practice sandwich was my starting point.
This time I used Leah's suggestion of leaving the feed dogs up, but setting the stitch length to zero. "Traveling" by stitching over the same line to echo the half circle isn't the easiest thing to do, but I felt this wasn't a bad go and decided to move on to my tablerunner after a good number of echoes on my practice piece.
An old spool of orangey thread seemed to blend well and I started off down the primrose path. SCREECH. Stop for broken threads when going over seams. Okay, try a larger needle.
Have you seen this gadget? Funny looking, but very useful. I bought mine at the Husqvarna booth at the Road to California show.
The slot fits perfectly into the screw holding the foot or needle in place.
Easy to get a good grip on the screw and remove or tighten. OK, back to echoing and a number of SCREECHES to a halt for thread shredding and breaking, and some ugly traveling that had to be ripped out and redone.
I decided to quit after finding nests and having to rethread the machine one too many times. All of this is going to be ripped out and a new spool of thread purchased to replace the old polyester one. And I'm going to try an even larger needle to help with going over the seams. The good news is that I like the texture so am going to redo the same design--hopefully with a much better result. The adventure continues...