Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Embroidery Learning Curve

For the past few years I've really wanted to delve into learning how to embroider by machine. I have a Bernina QE 440 machine which I thought was perfect for the task.  My passion will always be sewing, but I thought embroidery would give my sewing an extra special touch.  
When I purchased the Bernina on Ebay I thought I died and went to heaven. I had been sewing on "another" machine for years. The Bernina was like.... well try and visualize a comparison between a really bad pudding and the best NY cheesecake. I'm sure that isn't the best comparison, but I can't imagine ever using another machine. 
The model Bernina I have has an optional embroidery attachment. I tried and tried to figure it out, but the learning curve just wasn't within my grasp. To make a long story short, I sold the QE 440 attachment on Ebay for enough to purchase  the Brother PE770 on Amazon's Black Friday in July sale. I really wanted a separate Embroidery machine, not an attachment I had to keep setting up and taking apart from my sewing machine I use all the time and on the spur of the moment. 
Embroidery is not something you can just start doing without doing a bit of research ahead of time. I fell back on my favorite library for research. Pinterest, and learned quite a bit about thread, stabilizers, hooping, etc. 
In  a previous post you can see how I made a quilt label. That was relatively easy. For this project I wanted to import some designs I purchased (for free, lol) online. This machine is great because I can transfer purchases to the machine via a USB stick. 
Once I followed the directions for the millionth time it started to go really well.

I purchased some bar mop cloths at Dollar General (we call it the mini Walmart) to practice these two designs. 
The only thing I didn't really like is the spool of embroidery thread to the left. I purchased a bundle on Amazon which was a deal, but on this spool there is no place to secure the thread to keep it from unraveling.  I'm a neat freak when it comes to my sewing supplies. It bothers me to have tangled up thread ends in my thread drawer.  I do like the spool to the right which has a neat design of just pulling the thread around the upper part of the spool. The little things.... I know. 

All in all, I'm pretty happy with the two experimental towels. They are cute for social gatherings.
I washed these towels after I embroidered them and they came out great. We'll see how many more washings they can with stand. 

Can you tell what I was thinking of while creating these projects? CHEERS! 

Lessons Learned: 
1. I think I should have used a water soluble stabilizer on the top.  I've read this product makes the embroidery look "more professional". 
2. I've learned I need to print a color chart for each design I do if it has more than two colors. I mark the steps by the colors so I don't loose track of what section will be embroidered next. 

 I would really like to hear your opinions about the Brother PE770 or embroidery tips and tricks in general. Feel free to comment if you have some wisdom to share. 

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