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mgadoury
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Date: 1/28/14 12:58 PM

I have a Brother PE770 I bought from Amazon in July. I was a little intimidated by it so I didn't start using it right away but have been really getting into it for the last 2-3 months. I haven't had the best luck overall and I am certain it is operator error.

Some designs were stitching great but most were skipping stitches, looping, and having broken threads. Last night my husband and I sat down and read tons and tons of instructions and articles on the tension. After some test runs it seems like I have the proper tension on the top and bottom. Now that the machine appears to be operating as it should I have some additional questions.

I've read as a general rule to use cutaway on anything that stretches and tear away on more stable fabric. Is this a good guideline to follow?

Do you keep the 75/11 needle for most embroidery or should I change it to a ballpoint needle when embroidering on knits.

Lastly: Thread. I bought a multi-pack of Brother threads on Amazon that includes 63 colors. The thread is 40 weight polyester. Is this an ideal thread to use overall or should I look into getting something else/better?

Sorry so long. I've just been really frustrated and almost ready to throw in the towel. Now that it appears the tension is corrected I have a little hope. I appreciate any responses!! Thanks

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Subject: Newbie---Stabalizer, Needles, and Thread! Date: 1/28/14 2:12 PM

I'll leave it to more experienced people to comment on your questions, but I did want to comment on something which you didn't mention: the bobbin thread. I believe the 40wt is good for the top thread, but you want a much finer thread for the bobbin, right around 60 or 70 weight.

Edited to add: the two posters below me suggested 90 wt. I checked the large bobbin thread spools I had ordered from Brother, and, yes, they are 90 wt. I've used them with various upper threads and have not had any problems.
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Subject: Newbie---Stabalizer, Needles, and Thread! Date: 1/28/14 4:50 PM

The embroidery ONLY machines such as yours should have a 90 weight bobbin thread. This is available from your local sewing machine store that sells Brother products.

Yes, for knits, such as t-shirts and onesies, do use a ball point needle. for onesies I usually use a 75 or 80 and a stabilizer by Floriani that is made for soft knits.

For wovens go with an embroidery or "sharp" needle in a size appropriate for the weight of the fabric.

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Subject: Newbie---Stabalizer, Needles, and Thread! Date: 1/28/14 4:54 PM

This particular Brother is an embroidery only machine and uses 90 wt bobbin thread. And a spool should have come with the machine.

Another issue is using the right size bobbin spool. Refer to the manual and you will see it is a bit shorter than the standard class 15 bobbin spool.

If the top thread tension needs adjusting, do this with the presser foot down. When threading the machine, so this with the presser foot up.

Some prefer to use a ballpoint for knits and some do not.

Here is a chart to help you select the correct needle and stabilizer according to the fabric/product to be embroidered.

Embroidery Library also has many great tutorials for just about anything that can be embroidered by machine.

I would recommend two items: a thread stand so the thread feeds straight up from the spool and then through the guides on the machine and Titanium coated needles. These needles last 8 times longer than a regular needle and if you should use sticky-back stabilizer or spray adhesive for machine embroidery, they will not gum the thread and cause it to break. These needles have been used in industry for many years and have recently (last few years) become available to the home sewer/embroiderer. Once I found them, I use no other regardless of coming in contact with adhesive or not.

I buy my supplies from Allbrands Except they do not have Sulky KK 2000 temporary spray adhesive, which I prefer.

Best wishes for many sucessful projects.




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