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.