February 2, 2012 by Dorcas Haldberg
When I first received my machine embroidery package, I was a little intimidated. The machine was very expensive and technical. I first decided to join an online help group that consisted of other group members who owned the same equipment for machine embroidery. Their expertise on my new hobby would prove to be priceless and saved me vast amounts of time and money.
They first instructed me to learn the machine embroidery software. I researched for hours online to fine new tips and tricks, and I quickly picked up the most important aspects of running the software on my new machine. The group’s second instruction involved letting myself practice with the machine on scrap fabric until I became comfortable with how it worked. There were so many stitches I had never used before, and I often found myself amazed at how the machine could manipulate any stitch into a different stitch width or length.
After exploring these two steps, the group finally had me learn about hooping my material onto my machine. They gave me expert advice on adhesive sprays, how to clip my project so it would not shift while being sewn and how to keep my stitches in place with proper backing.