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Date: 5/19/12 3:28 PM

would like suggestions from people familiar with the brother 1200 machine on learning how to use it before my first dealer class. also suggestions for online info as well as books. this is new machine to me. i have a viking 150 and brother serger 1034. added this machine to my sewing room in preparation for retirement and hopefully more time to sew. TY for any info/suggestions
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Date: 5/19/12 6:09 PM

I have found the best way to learn a new machine is hands on.

I sit down in front on the new machine and then open the manual. As I read, I apply each step of every feature of the machine - no skipping or relying on just the pictures!

Begin at the first page and go all the way through maintenance.

It will not take very long to read and apply and you will soon be comfortable with the new machine.

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Date: 5/19/12 7:14 PM

I second what PattiAnnJ said. I have the 1250D, which is very similar to your machine.

It's pretty easy to use, but since I didn't want to miss any of its cool features, I sat down with it and the manual and just played.

Have fun with your new toy!!

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Date: 5/20/12 11:43 AM

good advice and thank you. plan on doing as you suggested. any books that you think can be helpful for my sewing library on machine embroidery?
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Date: 5/21/12 12:45 PM

I purchased the following books on Amazon.Com:

Embroidery Machine Essentials

More Embroidery Machine Essentials

Machine Embroidery Essentials

The first two are pretty good, but they are dated as far as the technology aspect goes. Lots of information though. The first book focuses on the basics and the second one deals with the software side of things. They're pretty good and the first book gives a great introduction to the basics of thread, stabilizer, etc.

Nancy's book is also pretty good and although I don't feel it has as much information as the first two books, it does go through the basics you will need to know. I've been reading all of them at night and brushing up on my "know-how" so when my machine comes on Friday, I'll hopefully be ready to go. LOL! You really can't go wrong with any of these.

Also, this is a GREAT website with tons of information that I have found extremely helpful in getting started with embroidery....almost better than reading the books!

Embroidery Library

It's an awesome website...almost all of my questions get answered there!

Jim
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