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I just bought my first machine, what else do I need?
barjoan
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Date: 4/7/13 3:26 PM

I just bought a brother innovis 5000 Laura Ashley because I got a good price and now I need to pick up everything else
I was looking at thread and figured the bigger spools are better value but I also remember my mom had seam rippers, several pairs of scissors, a cutting mat, and tons of other stuff. Does anyone have any suggestions on what else I may need? Mainly my wife and I will be doing alterations and embroidery. Thanks for your help :)

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Date: 4/7/13 4:46 PM

Personally I'd buy thread as you need it for each project. Trust me, your collection will grow!

You'll need scissors, a tape measure, a seam ripper,tailor's chalk, a pin cushion, pins, and a hem gauge for starters. You'll also need an iron, an ironing board, a press cloth and perhaps a ham for pressing curves.

I used to buy notions just because I loved collecting everything. Many of them haven't been opened. (Third hand anyone?)

Now I like to buy what I need for each new project. If something doesn't work out, then I look for a notion to meet my need.

We're on a budget as we're trying to pay our house off this year. Often I ask myself if there's something I have around the house that would meet the need of a notion. For example, you can roll up a towel and use it for pressing a sleeve.

If you don't have to (or don't want to) concern yourself with a budget, then have a blast!!

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Mary


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Date: 4/7/13 4:50 PM

Congratulations! Here is a link to items that would be helpful to get set up:
Basic Sewing Supplies ~ 101

You should be getting some free lessons from your dealer on making the most of your new machine's functions and understanding what is involved for embroidery.

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Date: 4/7/13 4:53 PM

I didn't know there was a list here!

Thanks for posting Karen.

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Date: 4/7/13 6:00 PM

Thanks for the help everyone, the list is very helpful and I like the idea of buying thread as needed. The dealer was trying to talk me into the $150 brother thread set and I guess I'd just spent almost $3600 on a machine but it seemed unnecessary. And I'll definitely be hitting up the store for my free lessons :)

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Date: 4/7/13 7:11 PM

You're welcome!

Another tip is to sign up for your fabric store's coupons and use the 50% off for notions as needed.

For example, many people enjoy the Olfa cutting mats and rotary cutters. Plan ahead and tough it out while you wait for those coupon deals.

I'm saving up to buy a whole bolt of gingham fabric to use for fitting and drafting patterns for 50% off. You can get large amounts of yardage for things you use often such as embroidery stablilizer (I'm guessing it's sold by the yard).

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Date: 4/7/13 8:41 PM

Thanks again, I'll keep an eye out at my local fabricland. Now this will probably tell you about my sewing level but what's a notion?

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Date: 4/8/13 0:29 AM

Notions are your sewing supplies (less fabric, stabilizers, interfacings, etc.)

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Babylock Evolution
Babylock Melody
Viking 190
BLCS-2 (I know, I know - but had
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