Before the machines were fixed, I intended to use it as a test for my first batch of homemade bias tape. Yes - I know they don't match... but I find their print-on-print garishness rather charming.
The tape was a little more challenging to work with than store-bought. This was probably due to the lack of starch, but also to the thinnes of the folded over parts - It seems to defy math, but I think adding an extra eighth of an inch or so of fabric for the actual fold part would make folded over parts meet in the middle and give just a teensy bit extra needed to conveniently stitch on and stay tucked under .
The bias neckline finish turned out fine, though, in the end. I also did French seams at the shoulders, and turned under each of the side seams for a smooth finish that carried into the hem of the sleeve.
We had a bit of trouble getting the properly adjusted on the 6460 - the sewing machine whisperer shared a couple of pages of the repair manual with me and I puzzled over it to learn about the small adjustment that can be done by turning the knob of the button that you press to backstitch. Turning left tightened up the #1 step so the stitching was closer together. Twisting in the other direction would have tightened up the #3 step, which already looked good.
I've noticed this same problem to a much lesser degree on my Viking 5610, so I am excited to see if I can make the same adjustment on that machine too.
Another thing I learned - the bobbin case is a gear shift too! Pull it out and it pops the machine into a super low gear great for extra control with full power or for sewing through thick fabrics. (Hello Morgan Jeans... I am day-dreaming about you now!)
I took a moment extra to make a nominal effort at matching the stripes... but then I realized the stripe pattern itself was not symetrical and the way I had cut the pattern to use every last bit of fabric actually had the stripes meeting in opposite ways. Ooops!
It's still cute and breezy to wear for summer and I thoroughly enjoyed testing out my machine.