A Stitch in Time – Confessions of a Embroidery Newbie
a Stitch in Time – Confessions of an Embroidery Newbie
Very small stitches that create patterns and eventually change into images and designs. Stitch designs on clothes, linen, towels, and give me fantastic creations on every vacation.
My friends and family oohing and ahhing and wondering what boutique I bought the items filled my daydromes.
Different goals, but the purpose of my desire was one and the same. I wanted a home embroidery machine!
Dream about the possession of a embroidery machine was one thing. Buying the embroidery machine has become a trek and project. One day I saw a Singer embroidery machine demonstration in a local store, and it was amazed by what it could do!
I could not imagine something that could yield such results, and thought it would be excessive and difficult to run. I did mainly handicrafts and household sewing, but I had two toddlers and was really interested in the shop of purchased clothes to make it look more like boutique styles (for much less!)
To be the person I am, I dug In research on the subject of embroidery machine size, pricing range, characteristics, quality, hope size, etc. I talked to many people who owned them and their opinion about what was important and what was just bonus (and usually unused by most beginners and home contenders.)
Finally, my current machine decided to take much less time than to convince my husband that it was necessary! He accompanied me several times to the local merchant, watched their designs explode, grinded about the features and costs associated with the machine, and even tried to negotiate with them! I think they were very relieved when my children distracted him by shouting how the machine painted a picture on the material!
Shortly after Valentine’s Day 2006, he bought the machine for me (a model previously owned) and I brought it home! It was almost so exciting to bring one of my children home, especially because this baby had a tutorial!
The machine has already loaded some designs into it, and I immediately started stabbing on anything I could get my hand on towels, fleece baby blankets, fabrics, even some of my men’s underwear! (son, he was surprised the next day when he opened the dressing room!)
My ambition to embroidered was unmatched, but what I really lacked was the experience and knowledge of the basic stabilizers, wire type, needle types and design density. for different weight of materials. Most of my early projects seem to be beginners and homemakers, the tops are the most common, there are mostly puckers, and I had to throw away about a third of the first few attempts.
The store I bought my machine offered intro classes as part of the package, but I was limited in my spare time to take classes. And I thought it would take a few months to get it right! I called the local shops and advice, but mostly wanted to recommend their products to their store. So, I went to the internet and checked my options online.
I do not know what I initially entered the search engine, but somehow I stumbled across the Designs by Sick website. I was impressed with all the nice designs and joined the forum right away.
I usually cheated, but I learned to read from other posts. What impressed me most was that they gave free designs every day, and a whole font, and there were more in the yahoo group folders!
I also started reading more posts on the yahoo group, and in time I was confident to send myself messages. Usually I would like to keep in mind (for ISO) for different designs that I wanted or needed, and sure enough would somebody answer me!
The friendliness and willingness of most group members to help someone they will probably never meet is a real sign to join a good group and become an active member. Since readings can be read and answered in your spare time, it will do you something to do at any hour if you need help or just want to retire that your machine has thought!
Just like most newbies, I think I was disillusioned that if I did not download EVERY free design right away, I would never get the opportunity to do it again. That’s how I downloaded my free bie.
I will log on to the computer early in the morning, search for free sites, join yahoo groups and panic that I have to wait for approval. Never since the university applications I’ve been so worried about how to be accepted! I had to have their designs !!
Hours of download, search and hundreds of designs later, and I still did not really matter, but I had those free designs! It took me a long time (and sometimes I’ll slide occasionally) to compile some guidelines on downloading what’s right for me.
I have two young children, Nathaniel (3 years old) and Theresa (2 years old), and I was math teacher. The designs that I call the most are designs for children, teachers and many cute holiday designs.
Every person has to decide which designers are right for them, but the thumb rule I developed is if your immediate response to Ugh design is! then do not download it! You only waste your time, and computer space, as well as the time you will take to lay it. I have several designs that are ugly to me and while beauty is in the eyes of the boyfriend, if I do not get the design happy and never imagine it, I will no longer download those types of designs. .
I also began to realize the benefits of downloading and testing of sample designs. You may see several designers (from shared clipart) among many designers on the web. Although the clipart may be similar, the actual quality of the design can only be determined by test stitches.
Density, leakage, decorative fillings, tension of the design, affect everything that will put on your machine. What looks like an image on your 2D screen may not actually look like the 3D finished product. So, test, test, test !!! If you feel that you wrap the wire and stabilizer, use a square of similar fabric for your final product to collect it. Always use the same square squares (I use 9 squares so I can stick to a 5 × 7 design on their test.) If you have 20 or more, put it together to form a rough quilt or actually polish them to form a shape. traditional quilt and give it to someone – or even better, donate it to your local Linus project or other charity!)
Education is the key
The time to take the classes at the local embroidery shop has finally changed my schedule and I have had learned a few things from the internet, as far as I went, machine in the trailer to set hours and learn the basic principles of the machine (using the most popular of its features.)
I have already read the manual read (a recommendation from me to someone who owns a machine and not intimidated by its size, it makes interesting reading and am very excited about the use of the machine, just take a hot hot tub and start reading !) so I knew a lot of first class instruction.
You may think that it takes my time to take it, but not so. I was able to use my time to ask more in-depth questions and expand my knowledge while others learn how to wear the needle. (However, if you are one of the basic basic principles, you may want to inquire about the classes for a second or third time to help you expand your knowledge once you know how to use the machine Some traders will even offer one on a manual before starting classes.)
If you are not happy to live near a merchant, or you have your machine directly from someone else, on the internet, etc. so classes are not included, do not lose courage! You can take an online class of online merchants, pay for classes from another machine dealer, or ask webgroups to find a close friend with experience to help you one-on-one (or even via email or call if they do not live so close.)
Never think a question is stupid, or the ad has been asked for a museum and nobody wants to hear you asking. Chances are, if you’re wondering, then at least one other person will be and will benefit from your question.
Advice: Stabilization is the Foundation.
The teacher also got a basic lesson on stabilizers, and I sampled several of them at the store (for a small fortune!) I made a stabilizer book and cut a snippet of everybody, and has the name of the brand, type, and what it can be used for.
It’s really useful if you learn more about them, and can add to your booklet and lists, plus when I throw away the pieces of stabilizer and try to find out (by feeling) what they were, I could refer back to the booklet for help.
I come cheap cheap and therefore I’ve been trying to save a lot of tricks by saving and saving and reusing everything!
You can store your wire clip to create dust from it, I used empty wire cones to dry up 3D free-standing blue ornaments, and most of all, I stack stabilizer pieces.
If I can do a lot of stabilizer for some projects, I’ll do it! Sometimes it works, and sometimes it will fail you every time. The trick is to know why you use the stabilizer. The real goal of the stabilizer in each project is the key to know how much or how little you can really get away!
For example, if you design a t-shirt, then you need an intact piece of soft technology stabilizer to be the strong, immovable base for the solid fabric. However, if you are embroidered on a ribbon, or on a dense or fuzzy fabric embroidery, smaller pieces of water-soluble stabilizer (top blow) will cause the stitches to sink into the project.
You can also insert wss (water soluble stabilizer) with water-soluble coil in the top and in the coil to make a larger piece that you can reuse for smaller fsl (freestanding side) or others in the hoist projects that call for wss.