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Date: 8/8/14 4:36 PM

Well it least I am getting started at last. I need to read the manual to know what to do from this point. I am going to do it later today. My embroidery beginners class is Sept 6th.

I do not have any basting spray, but I do have tear away and cut away stabilizers to play with.

What should I play with first? Most of my old towels now have paint on them, as I am using them to cover items that need covering while I paint near them. So, no old towels to try.

What fabric should I look in my stash for to try? What size does it need to be? As I have not looked in the manual in 6 weeks, I really do not remember what to do now.

I just wanted to let you all know it is finally out of the box!!!

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Date: 8/8/14 7:21 PM

When I want to play with designs or try stuff out I always just use plain calico. I can buy it here by the roll very inexpensive about 25 dollars for a 10 metre roll of unbleached natural. If i want to use the design later it goes with everything. But it also shows up the design and any mistakes well. As long as the weave is not too loose any scrap fabrics will do.
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Date: 8/9/14 6:24 PM

Since you have cut away and tear away stabilizers you could use a cotton fabric or cotton dish towels. Use your hoop as a guide for the size of fabric you need but cut it a few inches larger otherwise the fabric can slip out of the hoop.

Terry cloth towels are more difficult to do. You might want to wait for your class.

I was really overwhelmed when I started but now find embroidery a lot of fun.

Good luck and have fun!

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Date: 8/9/14 6:37 PM

If it were me, I'd use an old towel with paint on it because I know my first efforts would be less than perfect; it'd be a great subject to experiment on.

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Date: 8/9/14 8:07 PM

I'm tired today. I expect to play with the machine/module tomorrow. I have some off white quilting fabric I can use to play on. Maybe I'll sit and read the manual again. Not a bad idea.

What color thread should I use? I am thinking either a green or something that will show up easily. Not black. I know what type of item I want to do for the first test. I also think I will get to rotate things as well.

I have 30 colors of Isacord thread. Can I use them with my vertical spool holder on my Bernina 630? I have a Deeleybob2 as well, but don't understand how to use it.

I have paid for a separate spool holder, and it should arrive here soon. I know I will get some use from that item in the future. A generous PR friend sold it to me.

Another generous PR friend sold me her mega hoop. That is another item I will get a lot of use from in the future.

Aren't PR people great?!!

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Date: 8/9/14 9:21 PM

Will you be using bobbin thread in the bobbin for your first trial? You sound like me on my first approach. Thank goodness for YouTube!

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Date: 8/9/14 10:40 PM

How exciting! The first things I did were just lettering and simple designs that came built in with the machine, on pretty much whatever scraps I had -- mostly old sheets.

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Date: 8/10/14 10:49 AM

Check your manual for machine embroidery as this craft does require machine embroidery bobbin thread that is a lighter weight than the top thread. Free standing lace would be an exception.

Some embroidery/sewing combo machines also come with a separate bobbin case for machine embroidery.

The reason for the lighter weight bobbin thread is for less bulk on the bottom/back of the embroidery.

Machine embroidery does not produce a balanced stitch as for sewing. The top thread is "pulled" slightly to the bottom/back of the design.

The tension setting for machine embroidery on a combo machine may be a lower number than for sewing - check the manual. The machine's computer may auto set the tension once it gets the message the embroidery unit has been attached to the machine.



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Date: 8/10/14 12:08 PM

Never thought of that. I was given a larger spool of bottom line thread when I bought the module. I chose pale yellow instead of med beige. I guess I should use it. Thank you for reminding me.

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Date: 8/10/14 1:30 PM

PattiAnnJ, Thank you for the explanation about the bobbin thread. I'm an amateur machine embroiderer, would not have been able to explain the need for light weight bobbin thread as you have. Just remembered that as a newbie it was a surprise.

Learn, I also heed the advice I have read on PR to monitor the machine while it is twitching (left the funny little auto correct, but meant 'stitching').

The folks at my dealer say to never let the module bump into anything, not even a coffee cup, as it can throw something off. They also instructed that the surface of the sewing table should be perfectly flat so that there is no stress on the module contact when it is connected to the machine.

I just used cotton remnants but I suppose a quilter never has remnants as they can all be cut into squares. My first trials were free designs from Susa Glenn Designs since I knew I would be ordering from her Japanese crest collection.

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