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Date: 7/25/13 9:22 AM

I got into this back in 2004. But have found through the years I've not embroidering nearly as much as I thought I would. One aspect of that is time. Embroidery is time consuming and working full time with a family to take care time is usually at a minimum. I've never stopped collecting designs however lol. I mostly quilt so try to infuse my designs with quilting. But is seems to me this isn't as popular as it once was. Even though now there are machines in every price range. And designs have come a very long way also. We not longer have just the for lack of a better word cutesy designs to pick from and really haven't for some time now. Urban Threads for example. Are you embroidering as much as you thought you would or more?

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Date: 7/25/13 9:51 AM

You make an interesting point. I'm curious about what others think as well.
If someone had told me my first granddaughter would be 5 months old and STILL not have a single embroidered item, I'd have laughed in her face. As it turns out my husband's cancer recurred a couple of months before she was born and life got in the way of embroidery fun. I've been sewing for her, but it has almost all been utilitarian items, such as diaper bag, changing pads, diaper covers, etc. Oops, wait a minute...I did embroider/applique her initial on one changing pad.

You know, I absolutely HAD to have an all-in-one machine after using the PE 770. But it turns out I hate setting up the Ellegante for embroidery then setting up another machine for sewing. This happens when I want embroider different items over, say, a week's time (which often turns into 2 or 3 weeks) like cup towels and such. I still have the 770 and have been tempted to set it up instead of converting the Ellegante. I'd be interested in hearing how others handle this.

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Date: 7/25/13 10:18 AM

I don't know, I think machine embroidery has changed. In my experience, some of the folks that bought the machines for the pre-made designs may have waned a bit, but folks who are digitizing their own stuff are multiplying as software improves and moves more toward being equivalent to real graphics software.

If I couldn't do my own thing, I would have never purchased a embroidery machine at all. To me it's just another medium of expression.

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Date: 7/25/13 10:18 AM

Not an issue for me I'm usually only working on one thing at a time. I have never gotten over the fascination of watching the machine embroider. Although sometimes I will cut things or read if a long color. I like to listen to sewing related podcasts when I sew but embroidery machine drowns them out. I need to start using some of these designs I've collected. Hope your husband is better.

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Date: 7/25/13 10:22 AM

I've never really had the time to sit down and learn to digitize. And I don't like the one click does it all programs. Also not being able to draw etc. But I wouldn't mind being able to come up with my own quilt stippling designs etc. I can doodle and trace. But not going to put out money to get a program to do just that. Plus right now don't have a machine with a hoop big enough to do that well.

Edited to add I think I just found a free software program to meet my needs as described above. Sophiesew embroidery software anyone try it?
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Date: 7/25/13 11:02 AM

I bought my first embroidery machine in 2001 and started out using Janome and Embird software. A few years ago I bought my first Bernina sewing/embroidery combo machine along with their V.6 software. Having all the design elements this software offers definitely made machine embroidery much more fun and challenging for me and opened up a world of creative possibilities. One of the main reasons I bought my 830LE was to have the Jumbo hoop to use for large designs for my quilts. My machine embroidery skills have grown throughout the years due to upgrading to a better machine with exceptional software and has kept me interested in machine embroidery. If I still had my original embroidery machine and software, I would have become bored long ago.

Projects like this Candy Cane Christmas wall hanging keep me going. There are many more fun and interesting projects to embroider than towels and baby bibs.

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Date: 7/25/13 11:16 AM

With most all my hobbies I get on a roll.. will do home dec for awhile.. then painting.. then maybe papercrafts.. then back to garment sewing ,then quilting..and so forth..

I think with me.. its too many machines .. too little time.. and the TOLs have a learning curve which can really slow me down..

So I hope I live a long long time.. or else my kids are gonna have one huge garage sale.. They could probably ebay me crap and make a living off it all..

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Date: 7/25/13 11:47 AM

Good Topic! I resisted ME for many years because: it seemed too complicated & cumbersome with different & incompatible formats for each machine brand, extra converter boxes to buy, complicated software to learn, expensive & quickly outdated, and mostly the too Cutesy designs not appealing to me. I was overwhelmed, so did Applique & Free-motion instead.

Then a great Black Friday deal in 2011 made me jump into it with a PE770. A year ago I got seduced by that Pfaff Creative Performance.

So much easier than I expected, and fun to watch the designs stitch out, but
truthfully I really didn't Need to have it & won't get my "money's worth".

No interest in digitizing because I would rather sit in front of a machine than a computer. I guess I'm interested in ways to make ME seem more personally creative...so that I'm involved in the process too, rather than just letting the machine stitch out someone else's design.

Lots to think about. Thanks for starting this discussion quiltingwolf.

Beautiful work SewNanny!!!
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Date: 7/25/13 12:39 PM

I also have the Ellegante and I just leave the embroidery module attached when sewing.

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Date: 7/25/13 12:44 PM

You can embroider just so much and then it becomes boring!

I don't want my initials or name on anything but my bank account.

No initials on towels, I know they are mine.

No name on a doggy jacket, my dog does not tolerate "clothing".

Now, if someone has their own logo or design and they want to pay to have it put on a garment, that may be okay as long as it does not interfere with my very busy day.

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