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josiblee
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Date: 6/27/12 10:54 AM

I am getting ready to buy my first embroidery machine! Yay! I've narrowed it down to either the Bernette 340 Deco or the Janome 350e. I'm waiting on deals and sales so it could be a little while. Unless I can find a good used one. Anyway, what materials do I need to get started. What thread is best? I'll be doing mostly baby things and some home decor, should I purchase a variety of colors of thread? What about stabilizer is one better than the other for these machines? Any help you ladies or gentlemen can offer would be great!

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Date: 6/27/12 11:54 AM

I've got a Janome 300e and just love it. Hope you can get your machine really soon. I can recommend threads from Metro Thread I've purchased from them and have had good, quick service and I really like the thread.
You'll also need stabilizers. Use a cut away for any fabric that stretches and a tear away for woven fabrics. You might also want a wash away (it's kind of like a sheet of very thin plastic) to use as a topper, especially for stitching on knit fabrics.
Of course, the most important thing to have on hand when you get your machine is .... frozen dinners!

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Date: 6/27/12 12:00 PM

I should also add that you should take a look at Embird software before you buy any other. It's a whole lot less expensive than any other. I've used it all along and managed to figure it out mostly on my own. I've also joined a couple of Embird Yahoo groups which are a big help both with Embird and embroidery in general.

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Date: 6/27/12 12:12 PM

I'm going to second the recommendation on Metro Threads. I purchased a set of their thread when I bought my machine and have had no issues with it on my Babylock Esante at all. It stitches beautifully and has a real nice sheen. Additionally, it is polyester thread and since you mentioned you would be doing some baby items, you'll want something that can hold up to bleach and frequent washings, which polyester thread does. More importantly, you can get an entire set of 166 spools for only $114. Many will say that you probably won't use all the colors, and I agree, but when you can pay up to $6 a spool at a local sewing shop or Joann's, it makes sense to just buy a nice set and be prepared....you never know what you might embroider.

As for software, I settled on EmbroideryWorks Everyday by Designer's Gallery. You can read about it here. It is a little expensive, but SO EXTREMELY easy to use for the beginner and has everything you need to get your designs ready for stitching. There is another program called Embrilliance Essentials and you can read about it here. This is EXACTLY like EmbroideryWorks Everyday and is made by the same software developer. It is much cheaper and has many of the similar features as EmbroideryWorks (I've discussed the differences on another thread in this forum).

As for stabilizer, I bought Sulky stabilizer and pretty much got the whole "line" of it, so that I'm well prepared. I've heard nothing but good stuff about it and you can read all about them here. They have product descriptions and some literature on how to use it, when to use, etc. Do make sure you keep your stabilizer covered or in a container to avoid it from drying out. That's one of the reasons I bought Sulky since they come in the plastic containers, although I put these in a tupperware type organizing box.

I'm new to embroidery myself and have learned a ton from this group and the internet. It is an amazing hobby! Not cheap by any means, but very rewarding as far as I'm concerned.

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Babylock Enlighten
Kenmore 1914
Kenmore 1814

josiblee
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Date: 6/27/12 7:27 PM

Thank you all! I will look into your suggestions.

Anyone else?

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Date: 6/27/12 8:06 PM

Should I purchase the embroidery software before the thread or just wait and play around with the machine first?

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Date: 6/27/12 8:15 PM

I would recommend that you DON'T buy the software until you've played with teh embroidery for awhile and determine how much you're (a) going to use it and (b) whether you even NEED software.

I think many people that own embroidery machines don't do as much embroidery as they think they are going to OR end up being able to use the designs AS IS. You can download tons of free and paid designs online and you can transfer them to your computer via different methods (depending on what type you get with the machine you end up with). Then you can just stitch them directly onto your fabric. You may not need to play with them. Some machines also enable you to re-size or flip over or modify directly on the machine itself, so no software needed. I think you only need software when you start creating your own designs or need to really manipulate the designs you've already got. You can also buy CDs with designs from most sewing stores. Between all these various ways of getting designs, you may not need the software at all. I would wait awhile and see what you end up needing before spending the money on software.

As mentioned above, you will definitely need stabilizer. I also recommend the tear away and wash away stabilizers. The tear away is really handy!

As for thread, I preferred to purchase as needed at my local Joanns. I waited until they had 50% off thread sale and then bought several basic colors of the Gutermann embroidery thread. My machine (Brother 1250D) has had no problems with that thread and I was able to pickup the spools at a decent price since it was 50% off. Plus if you have a membership here on PR, you can get the 10% off Joanns VIP card, so you're really saving 60%!

Aside from that, make sure you have some plain cotton or something to play with your machine once you get it. I would recommend a light color, like white or even just muslin, just so you can play around and stitch out some designs just to see how cool it is!

Oh.. and IF your machine requires specialty needles, you could get some of those as well.

HTH, good luck and hopefully you can purchase your machine soon!

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Babylock Enlighten
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Date: 6/27/12 10:08 PM

Hi, How exciting for you!

I had the 350E for a year and upgraded to the new Janome 12,000. I loved my 350E, but a heads up......my dealer let it slip that Janome is going to be coming out with a number of new machines and the 350E is now over 5 years old I think, so it would make sense they may be updating this machine and if they do it will certainly drive the price of the 350 down. Is there anyway you can wait a few months?

Buy a few small thumb drives while you're at it. I use the tear away stablizer a lot. I wait for the sales at the Babylock dealer. I really like their stabilizer. I also LOVE Florinani when I can get it.

Good luck


My two cents on the Metro Thread, it worked great on my 350, but not eveyone on here could use it. I did have to get a single thread spool stand for about $12 and then it worked great, I think I have nearly every color, did I need every color? NO, I just went nuts one day as it was so inexpensive I could not help it and my new machine can use it just fine too. Another thread I like is the Marathon in Pennsylvania.

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Elna Carina
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josiblee
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Date: 6/28/12 4:26 AM

Thank you. I think this is very practical advice. Especially since I'm very new to this. I can see how easily it would be to get addicted, though!

josiblee
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Date: 6/28/12 4:27 AM

This is good to know! Thank you!

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