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Stitching Endlessly

Hello All and hope every one's New Year came in with a Bang.

My New Year was full of stitching, I finally purchased an embroidery machine - Kenmore Elite 19005 and have spent most of my New Year weekend playing with it.  Its very user friendly and the sales clerk mentioned that since I had the Kenmore 19233 there wouldn't be a learning curve and would be embroidering in no time. 


Well he was right, an hour after arriving home I dove right in and created this cute design, which is one of the built-in designs. Honestly, I was clueless about embroidering - after selecting one of the built-in designs, I was flabbergasted that it would take 57 minutes to stitch out. All I knew about embroidering was that I wanted a machine to embroider after seeing Patrice's gifts, her gifts are beautiful.  Although my Kenmore 19233 has an embroider feature, it had the bare basic embroidering function (monogramming)

So far I am enjoying the machine, however, I did have a hiccup wherein the thread gathered into a blob in the bobbin holder and another time, the thread broke. Luckily, I was able to remove the blob and with the machine's replay mode I was able to return the needle to the stitching position and resume. I stopped at Sew Time Creative and was informed that I must use embroidery thread in the bobbin as well and recommended that I also use Inspira embroidery needles, which work well with Sulky metallic thread (the machine was purring again in no time flat). She stated that she was surprised that the thread only broke once and floored when I told her I was using embroidery thread for the top and regular thread in the bottom, along with a regular sewing needle, despite having managed to do a few designs.



In an attempt to get more familiar with the machine, I stitched endlessly creating these...


I was getting a lil too happy with all this embroidering, the next day I took a closer look and realized that the crew patch I made was totally crooked... umm I guess I can blame it on the several glasses of wine I consumed... hey it was New Years...lol

Now that I am more or less getting the hang of the machine I dared to embroider a design on a skirt I made during the summer paired with a blouse I did for the Month of Tops.  Its very subtle (at least I think it is), but thought it was a cute idea.  I also did some embroidering on a t-shirt for my guy, brother & daughter.


Now I want to upload embroidery designs and have spent the better part of yesterday and today looking for a compact flash card compatible to the machine... umm - the sales clerk didn't tell me that I would be searching high and low for a 128mb cd flash card.  They are darn near extinct.  Monday, I have to contact STC to order the appropriate cd flash card and also software... honestly that will determine if this machine is a keeper (useless, if I can't expand my horizons...eh).

Provided everything goes as planned, I look forward to creating beautiful gifts for friends and family with my embroidery touch.

As for my Singer HD-110, I have since returned it and patiently awaiting a new one.

25 comments:

Faye Lewis said...

Congrats on all your new machinery.

Linda said...

Sounds like you are enjoying your embroidery machine. I have a Janome 300E. Unfortunately I have not embroidered much in a long time. Your skirt with new embroidered design looks very nice. There are a lot of intro embroidery books out there and you will learn more and more as you play with your new machine. Happy New Year!

Opal said...

Nice! I look forward to seeing all you lovely creations.

A Sewn Wardrobe said...

Wow, what a great machine! Have fun!

Sheila said...

Thank You.
@ Linda - I was in a bidding war for a Janome 300e on ebay and was heartbroken when I lost the bid. A woman was selling her machine for $500 with all the materials she'd accumulated during her embroidery phase.

alethia said...

You are expanding your sewing horizon. What a great way to start the New Year.

That Christine said...

You will love an embroidery machine. Your point about expanding horizons is valid. We need to be careful when we buy a machine that it won't be obsolete in a year or two. Also that we buy from a place that can also service our machine and can teach us new techniques and ideas. Enjoy!

del said...

I didn't even know there was such a thing as a machine just for embroidery. LOL. Your work is gorgeous!

Susan said...

You are a champ at embroidery already. I like the addition to the skirt. It gives the whole outfit something extra.

NuJoi said...

Congrats on the new machine!

urbanknitrix said...

WOW!!!

Two Cables and a Frapp said...

Congratulations ! very nice gift for you. It's well deserved. I love all of your samples. Very pretty and I love that blue. Ooooo!!!

Anonymous said...

Is this a replacement of the machine that didn't work the first time?

Sheila said...

@ Anonymous - the embroidery machine is not replacing the heavy duty.

Adrienne said...

Ohhh You got it!! YAY! you are gonna love it! I love mine!

Aminat said...

Congrats on your new embroidery machine.. Embroiderng can be addictive...lol. I have Janome 1001, but I use flash card 64MG to store my designs , they can be very hard to get but you can get them on ebay.... also there are lots of free embro designs on the web as well that you will be tired of downloading..lol... Happy New Year

Cennetta said...

Happy New Year! Love the embroidery machine and the utility of it. I want one too. Lol Cute outfit.

stillpatrice said...

Whoohooo!! Glad you finally got your machine! I feel like I haven't done anything with mine looking at all you've done. Lol

In order to download designs I have to purchase addtional software for my machine. Ill be getting it soon though. I'm looking forward to doing more with my machine :)

Anywhoo glad you got it and good luck finding the attachment u need.

Knitaholictoo said...

slurp...pardon the drool! Congrats on the new addition!

robin said...

Very cool! I like the idea of a separate machine to do embroidery especially if some designs take 57 minutes!! That's a long time!

Happy New Year!

cici said...

this machine is awesome. Love the designs.

Angelia said...

Looks good!!! I love my embroidery machine... your going to have sooo much fun with that!

Sue said...

You are going to have heaps of fun with this!

toy said...

awww, I'm so happy for you, I hope you get many years of fun out of this machine!

Monique said...

Uh oh! Somone is going to have embroidery on everything she owns! Sheila congrats on your machine! How fun! I have been meaning to get another one. I had a Babylock Ellure dream machine and loved, loved, loved it! I really "need" to get another one and you're tempting me so much! Bad girl!!!