New to machine embroidery and loving it! I live about 30 miles from the LQS that I bought it at and don't go to town often. So when I bought it, I was on the way home and decided I should pick up a few threads and stabilizers. I knew that I was at their mercy knowing nothing about the machines. I bought one spool of bobbin thread, three top threads, and three packs of stabilizer. I also bought a card that sort of tells me which stabilizer to use. I had full intentions of ordering extra supplies from the internet after I decided if I like the machine or not. Well, I love it and not wanting to give them the kind of money that I just had for the other supplies. 4 threads (smaller spools) and 3 stabilizers=$72!!!
I am still not sure on the stabilizer thing though. I bought some of what the gal at the quilt shop said I needed. Of course I have since found a ton of it on the internet a LOT cheaper than what I bought. The card thing on the stabilizer tells to use this one with stretchy fabrics, this one with this kind and so on. I am am confused because I read on one site that depending on the fabric, I might not even need stabilizer. Would this be for canvas or denim....? Is this true and how do I figure out when I don't need stabilizer??? I think I can tell if I do need it. What about cotton, do you need it for cotton???