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Date: 12/5/12 1:04 AM

I finally got my Brother PE-500!!
I was loading up on the designs even before I got the machine so I couldn't wait to try it out!
Here's my first try... And love it!

(Fancy Rabbit from UrbanThreads)
I can't wait to get more threads so I can try different designs!

One question...
It seems like a huge waste to use a stabilizer that's a size of a hoop and toss it after one small design (like a monogram).
Is it possible to somehow reuse it?
I know it sounds cheap, but is it possible to tape big scraps together and reuse it?

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Date: 12/5/12 2:21 AM

Someone here will problably know how to do this, but a professional said to put the small pieces in a jar with some liquid. Unfortunately, that's all I remember. Sorry.

Forgot to add: love the design. You sound so excited!
-- Edited on 12/5/12 2:22 AM --

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That's Gl = for Gloria, not G. I.

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Date: 12/5/12 6:45 AM

Very cute. Mine came Monday. Doesn't it sew beautifully?

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Date: 12/5/12 7:40 AM

I have been at this a long while and bought large rolls of stabilizer and solvy at brother mall as they have flat rate shipping and those are heavy. I have lots of different size and large hoops. I started way back with a 4x4 machine (still own one) and soon tired of buying the expensive little rolls even with coupons. My friend bought online some precut squares in bulk from I think all stitch and got tear away and cutaway and that is terribly convenient and tempting. So do shop around for what you need. I have tried some various ways of cutting back on stabilizer such as piecing and filling in the area and making solvy soup but I fret a lot less about the waste after getting some better prices on the stabilizer. Have fun with the new machine. I don't regret my time with a 4x4 machine as I learned to place designs extremely well and did some amazing work with it. I still use my 4x4 hoops a lot though I do enjoy having the larger hoops. If I hadn't bought the little machine I'd never have gotten into one of my favorite hobbies. I would have really loved having one of these when my girls were yound and I was sewing for them all the time-really amazing what can be done with them with imagination.

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