Friday, February 27, 2015

Get That New Embroidery Machine Out Of The Box

Congratulations! You bought a new embroidery machine. So why is it still neatly packaged in the box?!? Why not take it out and start learning about all the amazing things you can do with it? A whole new world of creative possibility is at your fingertips. It is easy once you learn the basics.

An embroidery machine can do so much more than monogram towels. If you have explored our website, you know that I design in-the-hoop projects such as:

·      Purses
·      Pot holders and coasters
·      Gift bags and tags
·      Hair accessories
·      Pincusions
·      Baby Accessories
·      Toys
·      Appliques
·      Banners

And more!

Open The Box

Depending on the machine you purchased, it may be packaged in one box, or the embroidery module may be in a separate box by itself. Open the box and take out the machine and/or the embroidery module.

What do you need to get started?

There will be an instruction manual, some embroidery designs will be included in your machine and you may even have a starter pack of stabilizer. Depending upon what kinds of projects you want to make, you will need some basics:

·      Stabilizer – There are many different types of stabilizer on the market and each has a different purpose. Check out Stabilizer 101 for specifics.  
·      Embroidery Thread – Because embroidery designs are heavily stitched, the thread you use in embroidery projects need to be strong in addition to being beautiful. I love Floriani polyester thread for it’s sheen and durability.
·      Fabric  - From store bought wearables, to custom made designs, to perfectly stitched in the hoop projects, you will be using fabric in your embroidery machine. The type is completely up to you!

Ready, Set, Sew!

For starters, you will want to hoop up a test scrap and stitch out a design. Grab a piece of fabric from your stash, an appropriate stabilizer from your starter pack, and a design from your machine.

Hoop up the fabric and stabilizer and follow the manufacturers instructions for using your machine. Don’t worry about having everything perfect, this one is just to get a feel for the machine. So hoop up some scrap fabric and don’t worry if the thread doesn’t match. 

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