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Date: 10/12/13 3:43 PM

I am so excited I finally saved up to get my first embroidery machine!!! (it's a brother se-425, same as the se-400). I'm a total newbie so I'd like to get some suggestions on thread and stabilizer that would be compatible with my new addition. I don't want so invest a ton of money just yet, but I'm desperate to start doing small projects. I've seen sets of anywhere between 61-166 colors, what would be a good number to start with? I would love to get every color in the rainbow, but right now I don't have a lot of $$ or time to do a whole lot, just want to get my feet wet to begin.
I really appreciate any advise!
TIA!
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Date: 10/13/13 9:24 PM

Metro threads online is a good start. I think I got a nice assortment for under $50 plus picked up their package of tear away and cut away squares.

I got a small set of Maderia threads from Nancy Notions under $25 and got her booklet on stabilizers that included an assortment.

I got Organ needles online- a nice assortment.

After that I used coupons and sales to buy various stabilizers and threads for additional projects as I did them.

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Date: 10/13/13 11:35 PM

Review what you will be stitching and choose those colors of thread.

Two basic stabilizers and a water soluble stabilizer if your projects will be napped (like towels).

Check the manual for the bobbin thread weight for this machine.

Check Allbrands and Allstitch for supplies and Embroidery Library for tips, techniques and tutorials.

Take your time and learn the features of the machine - that is the purpose of the manual that comes with the machines. This will save you a lot of frustration.

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Date: 10/15/13 8:27 AM

Thank you for the replies, I can't wait to get started :)
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