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    In general the size of a needle should correspond to the size of thread, not the type of design. I use a size 11 for just about everything since I generally use a 40 weight thrad. I also have some size 10s that I used for an heirloom 50 wt thread on fine batiste. The pro machines have different needles than the home machines that last much longer (a few hundred thousand stitches), and I still go through a LOT of needles. I buy in bulk and just buy the 11s. I even use a 11 on thick quilted fabrics. For metallics, I use Yenmet and I have no troubles with it and an 11 either. Some metallics are more fragile though and might need a bigger eye.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CanoePam View Post
    In general the size of a needle should correspond to the size of thread, not the type of design. I use a size 11 for just about everything since I generally use a 40 weight thrad. I also have some size 10s that I used for an heirloom 50 wt thread on fine batiste. The pro machines have different needles than the home machines that last much longer (a few hundred thousand stitches), and I still go through a LOT of needles. I buy in bulk and just buy the 11s. I even use a 11 on thick quilted fabrics. For metallics, I use Yenmet and I have no troubles with it and an 11 either. Some metallics are more fragile though and might need a bigger eye.

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    this is true the size of the needle and the type of needle is determined more by the thread than the size of design. Most will tell you to use a sharp when doing FSL because you'll have fewer issues. I tried a reqular emb needle at first when doing FSL and had lots of problems with the thread breaking; I finally went up in size of needle and used a sharp and had no problems. At first I thought it was because my thread was old so I bought new thread of the same kind and still had issues. I was using the cone serger thread because I didn't want to use my expensive thread on what I was making. As soon as I changed the needle size and type I had no problems, even when I went back to using my older thread. The size of design can affect how many layers of stablizer you need though. What I'll do is hoop at least one layer and then take my left over pieces from other projects and using spray basting attach these peices to the hooped layer giving me 2 or more layers. It works great and it cuts down on the cost. Make sure to let it dry before you start embroidering. I'll also buy the WS on the bolt from Joanns and even if its using tearaway as the main one I'll hoop the first layer with the cheaper WS to give extra support. This really is helpful when your stabilizer is a little to short in width for your hoop. You get the extra support and width to support it without spending a fortune.
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    Quote Originally Posted by romanojg View Post
    What I'll do is hoop at least one layer and then take my left over pieces from other projects and using spray basting attach these peices to the hooped layer giving me 2 or more layers. It works great and it cuts down on the cost. Make sure to let it dry before you start embroidering. I'll also buy the WS on the bolt from Joanns and even if its using tearaway as the main one I'll hoop the first layer with the cheaper WS to give extra support. This really is helpful when your stabilizer is a little to short in width for your hoop. You get the extra support and width to support it without spending a fortune.
    Such a smart lady!! Thanks for posting this.

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    I have never purchased any designs from DesignsBySICK. I am wondering what others think of their designs. Any feedback??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sophie2 View Post
    I have never purchased any designs from DesignsBySICK. I am wondering what others think of their designs. Any feedback??
    I have never seen any that I liked or either any that met my need at the time.

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    I have purchased the membership from Designs By Sick.

    Have not tried to stitch any of them out yet though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilty-Louise View Post
    Wow! Thank you, this is awesome. Just reading the solutions one is fantastic, so I've downloaded the workbook for future reference.
    Great information. Thank you.

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    So glad that the info will work for you.

    I resort to this info when I am not sure about what
    kind of stabilizer to use for a certain type of fabric.

    MOST of my info that I share with you all comes from
    trial and error on my part. If/when I find something that
    does or does not work I make notes on this so that I can
    pass along to others who might have the same kind of is
    sue that I had.

    Sometimes my hints/tips works for others sometimes they
    don't. But if I have an issue and find a tip that might work
    I at least try it, because you never know when you find the
    one that just makes everything "click" into place.




    Quote Originally Posted by Jratcliff View Post
    Wow! Thank you, this is awesome. Just reading the solutions one is fantastic, so I've downloaded the workbook for future reference.
    Great information. Thank you.

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    I am kinda new to the QB and am in the market for an embroidery machine. I have been looking at the Janome 350E. A dealer I have worked with before has it for what seems to be a great price. This would be my first emb. machine. I really want a stand-alone rather than a combo machine. My question is, does anyone here on the QB own this machine? And if so, what do you like/not like about it? (If there is a thread where this has already been discussed, please point me to it. I tried two or three different searches, but came up with very little. I've also been to patternreview.com but only found two reviews of this particular machine.) Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scraplady View Post
    I am kinda new to the QB and am in the market for an embroidery machine. I have been looking at the Janome 350E. A dealer I have worked with before has it for what seems to be a great price. This would be my first emb. machine. I really want a stand-alone rather than a combo machine. My question is, does anyone here on the QB own this machine? And if so, what do you like/not like about it? (If there is a thread where this has already been discussed, please point me to it. I tried two or three different searches, but came up with very little. I've also been to patternreview.com but only found two reviews of this particular machine.) Thanks.
    Right here at QB is a page of reviews. I found it when I googled "Janome 350E...got pages of reviews. Hope you find answers you're looking for.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1...e-t178956.html

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    I got a new toy yesterday....a Brother DreamMaker V2200 embroidery only machine. I already have a Janome sewing/embroidery combo, but this one has a larger embroidery field and many more bells and whistles.

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    Just recently purchased a Designer SE from a friend who had used it less than 100 hours. Learning has been fun. Made pillowcases for all the grandchildren with their names monogrammed on the cuff. Used the pillowcase pattern than has all seams enclosed. Lots of fun and "ooohs"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lindacan View Post
    Just recently purchased a Designer SE from a friend who had used it less than 100 hours. Learning has been fun. Made pillowcases for all the grandchildren with their names monogrammed on the cuff. Used the pillowcase pattern than has all seams enclosed. Lots of fun and "ooohs"
    Here are two of the pillow cases that I did for the Attachment 386268GKs with my Husqvarna Desiner SE.
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    My cousin is interested in purchasing a new quilting / embroidery machine. I think that sewing and quilting will be the primary function, but she also wants to be able to do embroidery. Of course, she would also need software to use with it. She asked me to give her some advice as to what to purchase and we need to find her something that is under $1000 complete with software. I have an older Pfaff (a 7570) with Pfaff software and also use Embird for design work, and haven't looked at any of the new machines out there is several years, so I am at a loss as to advice.

    I am looking to my QB friends for suggestions for a quilting/embroidery machine including software for under $1000? Can any of you make some suggestions or lead me to a site that can help? Thanks!

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    Maybe she'll be lucky enough to find a used machine with software. Does she want to digitize her own designs? Because there is all sorts of free software for resizing, converting format, etc. If she gets a machine with a USB port, (most of today's machines now have them) she can d/l designs from the internet and take them to the machine on a flash drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ybradbury View Post
    My cousin is interested in purchasing a new quilting / embroidery machine. I think that sewing and quilting will be the primary function, but she also wants to be able to do embroidery. Of course, she would also need software to use with it. She asked me to give her some advice as to what to purchase and we need to find her something that is under $1000 complete with software. I have an older Pfaff (a 7570) with Pfaff software and also use Embird for design work, and haven't looked at any of the new machines out there is several years, so I am at a loss as to advice.

    I am looking to my QB friends for suggestions for a quilting/embroidery machine including software for under $1000? Can any of you make some suggestions or lead me to a site that can help? Thanks!

    If the machine is going to be used primarily for sewing and quilting, prioritize the features for those activities. Then consider the embroidery features such as hoop size. I would want a machine with a larger bed for quilting. I did not realize that I should have thought of that until after i purchased my machine..but that was almost 7 years ago and models have evolved.

    Did you also mention to her the $$$ she will spend for thread and stabilzer?? Machine Embroidery is not cheap. I would advise her to start saving for the machine she wants. 1000$ is about the starting point for a decent machine PLUS the cost of software. She should start looking for machines that have been traded in and serviced by a dealer. But she should do her homework on which machine(s) she is interested in buying. My 2 cents.

    It is one thing to ask for machine recommendations but ultimately she needs to research machines, test drive them etc.
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    Agree with above..It's an expensive hobby. She may also want to wait for "Open Box" sales at her local shops. That's how I bought my Designer SE which normally went for 7500 but I lucked out with Open Box machine that had very little time on it and only used at shows. So it ended up being 4500 but by the time I got out of there with threads, stablizer, snip scissors etc...Might as well said it cost me full price...
    Also really be sure as to how much your going to use it. I decided to buy a cheap machine first to see if I liked it and would use it...Well the cheapest Viking sold a few yrs back was 800 with the ability of only using a 4x4 hoop...4 mths later I upgraded to the SE.
    I still use the cheap...HA HA machine but if I'd done my homework and really put some thought into it I'd never would have it.
    Another thing is make sure whatever machine she buys it can be upgraded to other computer models...My cheap machine will only operate thru XP so if my old computer which houses the software to run that machine ever goes Bye Bye so does the emb machine...it will not run off all the new computer upgrades...Who Knew...Things you find out after the fact...Now I know the questions to ask.

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    hobbycat..does not Viking do patches for the newer Windows operating systems? I know that Brother does. Have you done a viking site search? As you do, I use XP for my Brother software--but I know they have patches for older software so that it will run with Vista, 7, and maybe the newest "windows". Anyhow, I love the features of XP, and if it ever becomes extinct (ie..no support) I will just take it off line and continue with my embroidery programs.

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    I have ck with Viking Store and they told me no updates for this model which I'm thinking was discontinued...But now that you've said that I might send off an email to Husq directly and see if store was incorrect...Thanks..

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    I have a Viking SE and 4D Embroidery software. It's smarter than I am. I just can't seem to get my head around machine embroidery! So, I'll be interested in hearing about any hints everyone has.

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    I agree with what is said with purchasing an embroidery machine only or combo sewing/emb. machines. She needs to do her research and focus on what she will be using the machine for. Quilting, sewing, embroidery? Also prices do vary state to state and dealer to dealer. It is an expensive hobby, with threads, stabilizers, software and other items it can be costly. I also agree if she wants to embroider the 4x4 is a good one for beginners however as one continues the embroider the field may be too small to do larger embroidery. Its a matter of taste, $$$$, and contentment. I'm content with what I have now and won't change any of my machines at all. Oh let me add these photos of what I did over the weekend. Then again maybe not...it keeps telling me uploaded failed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Traditional Quilter View Post
    I have a Viking SE and 4D Embroidery software. It's smarter than I am. I just can't seem to get my head around machine embroidery! So, I'll be interested in hearing about any hints everyone has.
    You just have to keep up with it and do it on a reg basis...Did you get all the manuels with the 4D...What I did I went thru each book at a time and did it step by step to learn each...I'd be happy to help if you have any specific questions or problems...just PM and ask...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ybradbury View Post
    My cousin is interested in purchasing a new quilting / embroidery machine. I think that sewing and quilting will be the primary function, but she also wants to be able to do embroidery. Of course, she would also need software to use with it. She asked me to give her some advice as to what to purchase and we need to find her something that is under $1000 complete with software. I have an older Pfaff (a 7570) with Pfaff software and also use Embird for design work, and haven't looked at any of the new machines out there is several years, so I am at a loss as to advice.

    I am looking to my QB friends for suggestions for a quilting/embroidery machine including software for under $1000? Can any of you make some suggestions or lead me to a site that can help? Thanks!
    Maybe I can try to be clearer. My cousin wants to buy a new machine (not used) and would like to stay in the $1000.00 range for the purchase of the machine. She is not planning to digitize her own designs, but will buy them online. So, she needs a machine that can transfer designs from her computer to the machine without having to buy an expensive digitizing software. If she needs to convert or tweak designs we know that there is free and/or lower cost software to do that. She is aware of the costs of stabilizer, threads etc as I have an Pfaff embroidery machine myself. My machine is over 10 years old and I haven't looked at any of these type of machines since then, so I don't know what is available or good out there now.

    As I live in a very rural area, our research has to start here on the Web as dealers are 2 to 6 hours drive away. Once we have narrowed down to a couple of machines, we could then travel to a dealership to actually test drive some machines.

    What we are hoping that we would be able to get here on QB were some suggestions as to particular brand and models of machines that you think could fit her requirements. Then we could research those particular models in depth. So can anyone help us with actual brand/models that they like for primarily sewing, but can also do embroidery?

    Thanks.

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    OH! Okay. She can find quite a few combo machines under that cost limit--new. My favorite is Brother. She will be able to find a model with port connection to her computer or for using a flash drive to transfer designs . The reason I like Brother machines is because they are so user friendly..have great features, and mine make the prettiest, easiest buttonholes of any machine I've ever owned. Just advise her to buy a model with larger hoops than a 4x4 only...she'll soon be wanting to trade up, otherwise. This is just MY opinion.

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    Well i love My Janomes. I would make sure that she is able to transfer designs from her PC to the machine via USB stick. My Janome 9700 is old school. The newer mdels Use USB.

    I would check out all of the manufacturers websites to compare models. They will not tell you prices though. Head to www.patternreview.com and check out the embroidery machine reviews. They will often share the price paid but use this as general info. You will negotate the final price you will pay unless you finance the purchase, most likely.

    Another avenue for checking out the MSRP price is to do a search on Ebay. Use this as a guide too. They only publish the manufacturers suggested retail price (MSRP) on ebay if new. Your final price should not be MSRP if you pay cash. Again, you negotiate.

    By the way, the new machines listed on Ebay are bid on....check out the target price which is the "buy it now" price in small print under the current bid price
    You will get many replies on favorite brands but it is a personal decision. Do a search on ths Board too. There a wealth of info in the arhives.

    Keep a file on the models interested in and take lots of notes, ask questions.

    One thing that I thought was important was the number of built in designs....it was not. I never use my built in embroidery designs . Fr me, a large hoop is not important. 5x7 s the max I use. It takes time to embroider. If the design takes more than 45 minutes, I dont do it. 45 minutes of stitching time transates into over an hour taking into consideration thread changes. I mostly do designs on tees ad polo shirts. I mostly sew on my machine.

    Seems like a lot of work? You betcha! But so worth being informed before you show up at the dealer.
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