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Thread: baby lock embroidery machine

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    Help, does any one have the ellure baby lock machine? I need some tips and where to purchase stabilizer, etc. Thanks coconuts

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    I think babylock is made by the Brother Co...or affiliated. I buy all my supplies on line at ebay or Ken's in AL....I don't have much supply here in town so I am forced to shop on line. I have 2 brothers that I absolutely love. Iwent to al bigger one cuz I wanted bigger hoop size....great machines

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    I just got my machine and missed the lessons because they had them before I purchased. I am going to put an embroider butterfly on a small denim purse for a grandaughter, so I imagine the sticky self adhesive Sulky will work. But if I embroider pillowcases or dishtowells do I still have to use that or can I go to a lighter weight tear a way or wash a way?Does it always have to have a sticky back or can i use a spray adhesive with a wash a way on those two items?

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    I find this site very helpful, especially for those that are just learning, it has a sister site with a bunch of patterns that you can buy. it can give way more details on what you are doing than I can give in a few short posts, and just remember that you will get your own stye and find what works best for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coconuts
    I just got my machine and missed the lessons because they had them before I purchased. I am going to put an embroider butterfly on a small denim purse for a grandaughter, so I imagine the sticky self adhesive Sulky will work. But if I embroider pillowcases or dishtowells do I still have to use that or can I go to a lighter weight tear a way or wash a way?Does it always have to have a sticky back or can i use a spray adhesive with a wash a way on those two items?
    Hi Coconuts! Finally someone i may be able to really help! I have a 6 needle Brother and a BabyLoc sewing machine. They are made by the same company and were i u i'd go back to the co. u bought your machine from and ask for classes. They shouldn't do just one and if you miss it you're outta luck! If they do spread the word, NOT good customer service!
    On your denim, if it's a light butterfly, not full of satin stitches, an inexpensive tearaway works fine. On towels if there is a loft make sure you use a water soluable topper. (looks kinda like saran wrap and must be kept in a ziploc) Depending on denseness of stitches again, you can use a tearaway up to a cutaway underneath. My biggest budgeting tip on stablizer: Use a cheap tearaway to extend across your hoop and cut just large enough a piece of cutaway for your design if you need cutaway. I have all the stablizers but mostly use a med. tearaway and a heavy cutaway. The sticky back stables are really expensive so unless i'm doing a knit, jersey or rayon, (which i avoid like the plague!) i don't use stickys. If i were rich i'd use it all the time but...
    I never use spray adhesive, i know all the magazines say to use it but it's a huge mess, not good for you to breath and i haven't missed it since the first few times i tried it. Hooping is the trick. I'd really recommend you get some muslin & other cheap fabrics as well as practicing on your jeans or any other different fabrics you can work on and just embroider, embroider, embroider! You'll get hooping down, stablizers down and know which thread colors you like on which designs. I have a book of designs, (besides my jeans!) that i just cut up and sewed together. I wrote on the fabric anything happened, what i need to change/keep the same, whatever. It sounds anal but you've GOT to stitch out every new design before you can use it on a gift or something you want to keep. Why not keep it and write down all the info while it's fresh in your mind?
    Whew! Sorry, been embroidering for a few years now and i guess i needed to share!
    Feel free to convo me anytime, obviously i'm happy to share!
    Jae :roll:

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    Thank you so much for the information. Where I bought it....small quilting shop here in Richland Center, Wi....but she does have a web page its www.thimblenthread.net The classes won't be offered again, only those where you must buy materials from her plus the cost of classes. Also, I didn't know a 175.00 attachment to read cards must be purchased, was disapointed she didn't share that with me. This is something I wanted for along time and probably should have shopped around more, only thing is getting service when you need it. Thanks again and I will probably get in touch with you again. (Am 81, so this is my big attempt ay embrodery) Jane

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    Jane,
    Check on ebay or etsy and see if you can find the baby loc or brother "dongle". I couldn't tell if you'd already purchased that or not, if not try either of those. I bet you'll find it for less! Do you have software to look at & make changes to your embroidery designs? If so which one? My Mom is 81 too. She's just gotten a embroidery/sewing machine about a year ago. (i do her embroidery!) Too much of a learning curve for her so good for you for going there! :thumbup: I use memory sticks almost exclusively. The cards are expensive to purchase so i buy my designs online and use memory sticks. Really easy. :wink: See the add below? They have the best prices, i'm on their mailing list so i get all the sales and they have Great sales! AND they are well digitized. I don't know how many designs i've bought that weren't well digitized and therefore not useable. I'd start w/these guys. They haven't let me down once and that's saying alot!

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    Can't find the add you have posted in your last reply. This is for the digital patterns, can you resend it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by coconuts
    Can't find the add you have posted in your last reply. This is for the digital patterns, can you resend it?
    It was a paid for ad that i didn't know changes when you re-load the page. Sorry. It's embroidery library. I think the link is www.emblibrary.com. Be sure to sign up for their emails. I think that's the only way to find out about the sales.

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    Thanks, will give it a try. Will probably have more questions later.

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    This was meant to go in my previous post but I managed to miss it, it is a link to the sister site of the embroidery one that you were given, it has all sorts of tips and techniques to use.

    It can give you more details than I can in a short post or two and there is even video demonstrations that you can follow along.

    http://www.embroiderylibraryprojects.com/

    Feel free to ask more questions as well as I also have been embroiderying for years.

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    You should buy the Nancy Zieman book on Machine Embroidery!
    She breaks down stablizers, needles and thread types...
    Very good "teaching" book and also has some projects to try out what you have learned!
    I refer to this constantly when I need advice!!

    Worth every penny!

    I have the Emore machine and love it!
    :P :P

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    Thanks, will be going to JoAnne's tomorrow, so will look for it. Appreciate your help.

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    Going to check it out, sure is a lot of patterns to look at. Now to figure out how to use a memory stick and download. thanks

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    They make it easy on the site on how to do it all, that is one reason that they have free designs every month so that you can learn how to download. I love the site and have a bunch of their designs.

    When you do download them, make sure that you keep them organized from the start, otherwise you will get frustrated in trying to find the ones that you want.

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    [/quote] Feel free to ask more questions as well as I also have been embroiderying for years. [/quote]

    Oh wonderful! Could you help me i hope? I need to find a really good digitzier. I need to have a local artist's paintings turned into stitches!
    Way outta my league!

    Any references would be greatly appreciated,
    Thanks,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sisters Embroidery
    Feel free to ask more questions as well as I also have been embroiderying for years. [/quote]

    Oh wonderful! Could you help me i hope? I need to find a really good digitzier. I need to have a local artist's paintings turned into stitches!
    Way outta my league!

    Any references would be greatly appreciated,
    Thanks,[/quote]

    I have also been digitizing for years, but I would need to see the paintings before saying if I can do it or not. I got a new program a little bit ago and still learning the ins and outs of it.

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    Have another question...Do I purchase an embroidery software program and how would I transfer to my machine?

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    From looking at the site for your machine, it looks like they have a flash drive that goes with their machines, In your manual it should say, now if all you want to do is get designs and load them on, that should work, if you want to change the design any while it is on the computer, you would need a program to do that. there are a variety of them out there, some are universal, will work with any of the machines. There are different levels of programs, some you can do designs from scratch, some just modify exsisting designs.

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    I just checked the site for a flash drive...there is one, but where would I pick one up? Can this one be ordered on line or do I have to go thru a dealer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sisters Embroidery
    Quote Originally Posted by coconuts
    Can't find the add you have posted in your last reply. This is for the digital patterns, can you resend it?
    It was a paid for ad that i didn't know changes when you re-load the page. Sorry. It's embroidery library. I think the link is www.emblibrary.com. Be sure to sign up for their emails. I think that's the only way to find out about the sales.
    I've used embroidery library quite a bit too and have been very pleased with the designs I have purchased.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coconuts
    I just checked the site for a flash drive...there is one, but where would I pick one up? Can this one be ordered on line or do I have to go thru a dealer?
    I tried looking and I couldn't find out if you had to go to a dealer for the drive or not.

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    If you have the Ellure Plus, you can use a standard USB stick to transfer your designs. If not, looks like you would need to buy a special card reader/writer to attach to your computer, along with the correct type of card for your machine. I couldn't figure out which type of card was correct for your machine, even after scanning the online user's manual. You may need to contact a Babylock dealer to find out.

    Amazing Designs may have the hardware you need here: http://www.amazingdesigns.com/en/pro...dery-hardware/

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