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Problems with Brother HE-240
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Date: 8/27/12 12:34 PM

I have been attempting to embroider baby onesies with my Brother HE-240 and it is driving me crazy. I know this a lower end embroidery/sewing machine, but the thing is so temperamental it is ridiculous. I always do a sample using t-shirt material and brother adhesive water soluble stabilizer on the bottom and Sulky water soluble stabilizer over the top. Half the time the machine chokes on the thread (using either Brother or Sulky embroidery thread) and sometimes it will actually pull the fabric into the feed dog along with the thread and eat the fabric. Sometimes the pattern comes out okay and I think I am ready to go with a onesie and get it all set up and the problems start all over again and I destroy a perfectly good onesie. I brought it to an authorized Brother repair place and they looked it over and said everything looked fine (it is an extremely lightly used machine that is about 1.5 years old so they did not recommend servicing). They also said it sounded like I was doing everything right in terms of set-up and products used. If you see that I am doing anything wrong, let me know.

I am beginning to think the machine is just a finicky piece of poo and I am seriously thinking of upgrading to a new machine. I am really turned off of Brother now, but I bought this machine because I had heard so many good things about Brother before. I was thinking of a Babylock, but I know they are owned by Brother, right? I was hoping for some recommendations on machines. I have a maximum budget of about $1,000, but I am definitely willing to buy used. I would like a sewing/embroidery combo machine. I would like to have a machine that can embroider a field of up to about 6x10 or so. Definitely want it to be computerized and as user friendly as possible. Thoughts? Thanks in advance.

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Date: 8/27/12 12:40 PM

I have been attempting to embroider baby onesies with my Brother HE-240 and it is driving me crazy. I know this a lower end embroidery/sewing machine, but the thing is so temperamental it is ridiculous. I always do a sample using t-shirt material and brother adhesive water soluble stabilizer on the bottom and Sulky water soluble stabilizer over the top. Half the time the machine chokes on the thread (using either Brother or Sulky embroidery thread) and sometimes it will actually pull the fabric into the feed dog along with the thread and eat the fabric. Sometimes the pattern comes out okay and I think I am ready to go with a onesie and get it all set up and the problems start all over again and I destroy a perfectly good onesie. I brought it to an authorized Brother repair place and they looked it over and said everything looked fine (it is an extremely lightly used machine that is about 1.5 years old so they did not recommend servicing). They also said it sounded like I was doing everything right in terms of set-up and products used. If you see that I am doing anything wrong, let me know.

I am beginning to think the machine is just a finicky piece of poo and I am seriously thinking of upgrading to a new machine. I am really turned off of Brother now, but I bought this machine because I had heard so many good things about Brother before. I was thinking of a Babylock, but I know they are owned by Brother, right? I was hoping for some recommendations on machines. I have a maximum budget of about $1,000, but I am definitely willing to buy used. I would like a sewing/embroidery combo machine. I would like to have a machine that can embroider a field of up to about 6x10 or so. Definitely want it to be computerized and as user friendly as possible. Thoughts? Thanks in advance.

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Date: 8/27/12 1:51 PM

db, I'd definitely go with one of the Babylocks with the girlie names if you have a decent dealer nearby. They will out perform a similar Brother I believe.

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Date: 8/27/12 2:02 PM

Don't know your machine (barely know my Singer Quartet) but i see that you said the feed dogs eat your fabric...did you drop the feed dogs before you started embroidering?
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Date: 8/27/12 2:22 PM

Hiccup...
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Date: 8/27/12 2:32 PM

I think that kind of thing most often just happens when your actual embroidery design (not the sewing machine at all) is just made badly. As in made bad, I mean it's too dense and just has too many stitches placed way too close together to stitch out well. It will all jam up and start to pull your fabric down into the machine when that happens, it actually sort of has to. That is just how that works.

So, I think you are laying blame to the wrong thing there. Also, if you took someone else's embroidery design that you bought from them, or even got free over the internet, or got anyplace, and then went about changing it in any ways, using some software that you have to do that, then maybe the original embroidery design was just fine, and it was only the changes you made to it, that even causes that.

Sewing/embroidery technique, and hooping and stabilization and all that counts somewhat too, but if the actual embroidery design is badly made in the first place, all the embroidery technique and stabilization in the world, will still not keep it from getting all jammed up in that way, and trying to drag your fabric down your stitch plate hole.

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Date: 8/27/12 2:50 PM

Also, I think your stabilizer is all wrong. Don't know why the the Brother Authorized place you took your machine to, did notbring that up, or tell you that, but maybe they did not know how you were even trying to use it.

It's pretty obvious that some water soluable stabilizer, and go away later kind of stabilizer you are using under a knit T shirt fabric, at least with the embroidery designs you are using, can't even do it's job on the particular designs you are using. At least not the way you are trying to use it. Even if there was nothing wrong with the actual embroidery design and it was more matched to your fabric as actually being digitized for a knit, you do need some more leave in kind of stabilizer under it. Unless maybe it was only a design maybe a half an inch square or something like that. The fact that you are putting that on the top and bottom of your fabric, still is not going to do you much of any good on that knit fabric like that.

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Date: 8/27/12 3:27 PM

Some great problem-solving suggestions already! As I have no embroidery experience, all I can add is that if you do decide to trade in/up, you've come to the right place for encouragement and support. We're a happy bunch of machine addicts here.

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Date: 8/27/12 4:10 PM

It could be the brand of sticky back or the type of needle.

I use Organ brand Titanium coated machine embroidery needles as they do not heat up as much as an ordinary ME needle. The heat causes gumming of the adhesive and can add to thread malfunction.

I would not give up on the machine or Brother in general.

BabyLock is Brother's city cousin. I have owned and used both brands. Sold the Brother to justify buying a tol BabyLock.

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Date: 8/27/12 4:12 PM

I do believe all embroidery machines have computerized components.

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