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Date: 6/13/13 1:07 AM

Without investigation, I subscribed to Creative Machine Embroidery. I've only had my Pfaff Creative Performance for a few months and thought- why not? The magazine has been bombarding me with emails, some with info, but mostly things to buy. The 1st magazine just arrived today and I've only flipped through it. Nothing "exciting" jumped out at me, but I suspect there's a lot of useful tips and techniques for an utter beginner in embroidery like me. It won't matter if the project is my taste or not. By reading, I'll learn.

Are any of you subscribers to this one or another magazine? Maybe other resources are better for you? TIA

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Date: 6/13/13 9:15 AM

I subscribed to Designs In Machine Embroidery and Creative Machine Embroidery for a couple of years and came to the same conclusion.....nothing of interest and lots for sale.

I think you can find more at the DIME website than in the magazine. Not sure about CME.

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Date: 6/13/13 2:07 PM

Patti- thanks for the tip to check DIME's site. Unfamiliar.

I looked at my CME in the light of day. There are a few useful things:
* Page with authors and designers in the issue with their bios and websites. One is pretty local to me and many are new to me.

* Embroidery Term Glossary- learned a new one, but a good reference to put in a binder.

* Sandwiched Embroidery- base fabric, loose metallic thread and organza on top. The loose metallic thread shines through the organza and embroidery layer. Good idea I wouldn't have thought of it. Can go my own way with it.

* Trapunto- reminded me I know how to do it and can combine with embroidery trim.

Also can get it on my iPad. So that's better than I initially thought.

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Date: 6/13/13 4:22 PM

I subscribed to Creative Machine Embroidery too and frankly, I'm not impressed. Part of the reason is I'm a guy and I just don't want to add "flair" to dresses since I wear suits. LOL! I thought the magazine would focus a little more on techniques, specific machines that are new on the market, maybe even product comparisons, like stabilizers or thread. But the two issues I received so far have more fashion flair to add to women's clothing...at least that's what I felt. And there are quite a few ads, but I don't mind those so much.

I understand that home machine embroidery is geared more towards women, but I just don't want a magazine filled with fashion designs and tips. I've only received two copies, so maybe there is something better to come, but I think I find better information on the web. Now that I'm thinking about it, I might go home and do another read through just to make sure.

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Date: 6/13/13 4:40 PM

Mr. J, I know what you mean. I am the only female in the immediate family. I can do just so many "fish, deer, dogs, boats, cars and motorcycles. I don' t do monogrammed and names ...they're old enough to know who the are already.

I am also a total tomboy.


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Date: 6/14/13 4:58 AM

I subscribed to Creative Magazine as a novice embroiderer back in 2009. It found it helped but most magazines did because I lived in a very rural area- no shopping. I relied on the classifieds to explore shopping for supplies.

I think I recall some helpful articles on how to do aspects of embroidery and had a 4yr old great niece at the time so some of it was interesting even though I never did the designs. Didn't get the email bombardment then. The rest of my family is boys so I didn't connect much with the girly stuff either.

I did not renew my subscription. I learned what I needed from that first year- plus watching PBS and You Tube and joining the PR EMB club.

One thing interesting is that since Mar or April this year I started getting Deal and Specials by email from companies I haven't dealt with for perhaps 2 yrs!

Makes me wonder if some buyout or merger resulted in my email getting to a range of Marketers for them or if a restriction of some sort was lifted or perhaps something got leaked by Yahoo. Or the old Yahoo filtered spam differently? I don't get these on Gmail, just Yahoo.

Yahoo spam still catches the racey stuff and con scams. Its just the company marketing emails that have begun skyrocketing. Guess thats another topic though.

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Date: 6/14/13 5:51 AM

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I thought the magazine would focus a little more on techniques, specific machines that are new on the market, maybe even product comparisons, like stabilizers or thread.

Please write a letter to the editor about these great ideas! I'd love to read that too. The current issue has 2 Father's Day oriented project and I liked neither of them. Then there were articles about embellishing sport socks and sneakers. Eh. At least they're gender neutral. I like your suggestions way more.

I can imagine it's really tough trying to appeal to a broad embroidery customer base. I'd be interested in knowing who uses embroidery machines, the demographics.

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Date: 6/14/13 6:28 AM

How do I join the PR EMB club

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Date: 6/14/13 8:52 AM

I'm another who subscribed to CME one time and then let it slide - and I spend a lot of money on classes and publications to learn new things! In my view, CME is way over-hyped!

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Date: 6/14/13 10:15 AM

For me Designs in Machine Embroidery was worthless although I do like Eileen Roche. All the projects were not to my taste. I DO enjoy Creative Machine Emb. put out by Sew News. I like Sew News, Vogue Pattern and Threads magazines too...I enjoy reading before going to sleep and these fit the need for that time.

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