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    Project of doom... embroidery help!

    I have just started the Harry Potter quilt Project of doom. It is on Craftsy, the free pattern section.
    I would love to do the embroidery for the book titles. I have never done it on a machine and was wondering if it is worth getting an embroidery machine. What else you would need to use the machine, stabilizer , different thread and so on. Or do you think it could be done by hand. ha ha Then I would have to learn to embroider ... any help please

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    Sounds like an ambitious project!

    I will give you my thoughts on the embroidery machine issue, since I have contemplated getting one too.

    Points to consider -
    How expensive a machine is required to do what I want to do?
    Realistically how often would I use it, other than this project?
    What sort of learning curve would I be dealing with?
    How far would I have to travel for a class or classes to learn how to use it? (I live in the back of beyond. Lol) and would I actually go to the classes if they are over an hour away?
    Do I have the time to devote to this or could it become a burden among the other things I'm doing that have priority?
    How badly do I really want it? Is it a momentary "oh shiny" or something I've been wanting to do for a long time?

    So far I haven't determined that I really want one bad enough to invest the time and $ required. Of course that could change at any time. Lol!

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    I love my embroidery/combo machine. I can do anything I want with it, of course, I've been embroidering a long time and do lots of embroidery. I also use this machine to embroidery a quilt design on my quilts. Hope that makes sense.

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    Hand embroidering those book titles would be no big deal. A simple stem stitch or back stitch would be all you need to learn. There are many excellent YouTube videos of hand embroidery that will teach you every stitch you ever need to know. Watch a couple of videos and try it out.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TebgWq9AqyY

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZ_wVC84UmM

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    Quote Originally Posted by linbails View Post
    I have just started the Harry Potter quilt Project of doom. It is on Craftsy, the free pattern section.
    I would love to do the embroidery for the book titles. I have never done it on a machine and was wondering if it is worth getting an embroidery machine. What else you would need to use the machine, stabilizer , different thread and so on. Or do you think it could be done by hand. ha ha Then I would have to learn to embroider ... any help please

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    For a small use I would start out entry level one of the 4x4 brothers from Walmart should be sufficient for what you want without costing much. I love embroidery it can be very fun and costly
    Brother (XL-3500i, CV3550, SQ-9050, Dreamweaver XE6200D), Juki MO-2000QVP, Handiquilter Avante

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    Machine embroidery can be addictive. I own two machines and in the beginning embroidered everything and anything. It can also be very costly. I have at least several thousand dollars worth of designs I have never gotten around to using. I have a lot of money tied up in stabilizers, thread and gifts for the machines like different size hoops and extension tables etc. I have discovered that the older I get the lazier I get. Most of my embroidery these days is done with variegated thread so that don't have to constantly change colors which requires rethreading the machine. I also think that a cheapy machine from Walmart would give you a taste of what is involved without draining your bank account. The other option is to approach a dealer about a trade in etc. Some dealers will also do the embroidery for you for a price. That may be your best option. I have found that a paper towel can work as a stabilizer and is handy.

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    I could farm out a ton of embroidery designs I needed done to my friends who have and regularly use these machines (and therefore are proficient at their use) before I've spent enough money to have bought my own machine!!!

    Perhaps I'm the only person on the planet who does NOT want an embroidery machine!

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    I have two - both Baby Locks. An Ellisimo and an Ellegante. I love them both. I got the Ellisimo for Christmas and tried to sell my Ellegante, no one wants to pay what I SHOULD have traded it in for. Now I use both, 1 is embroidering while I am sewing on the other. I think the investment I made was well worth it. I love the embroidery I can do with it and love the way they sew. I ALSO love to do hand embroidery, and as Lisa_wanna-be said, the stem stich or outline stitch are simple, very easy to do and would do you just as well. Check out the tutes she mentioned. But if you ever decide on a embroidery machine, I don't think you will be sorry. Happy Sewing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MartiMorga View Post
    I have two - both Baby Locks. An Ellisimo and an Ellegante. I love them both. I got the Ellisimo for Christmas and tried to sell my Ellegante, no one wants to pay what I SHOULD have traded it in for. Now I use both, 1 is embroidering while I am sewing on the other. I think the investment I made was well worth it. I love the embroidery I can do with it and love the way they sew. I ALSO love to do hand embroidery, and as Lisa_wanna-be said, the stem stich or outline stitch are simple, very easy to do and would do you just as well. Check out the tutes she mentioned. But if you ever decide on a embroidery machine, I don't think you will be sorry. Happy Sewing.
    We think a little alike. I have the Ellegante, would love to sell it along with all the designs, feet, etc. (I would even throw in tons of thread) but who will pay what it is worth? Plus, I still do not have the dollars to get the Ellisimo I desperately would love to have, and keep the Ellegante both because I won't give it away. If I did end up with both, I know I would have worse guilt than I do over the existing stash I have that will take many years to go through. I know I would use both, but without a job to take away some of the guilt, I keep enjoying the Ellegante. I believe it may end up being my last big expense with this quilting and sewing addiction I have.

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    I agree with you Jan, I don't want an embroidery machine either.

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    I have finished a Harry Potter quilt, and I wrote the names of the books on them with fabric pens, and heat set the ink, I used, black, white, silver and gold pens, it looks really neat.

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    If you wanted to purchase a embroidery machine any way then go for it. If you are thinking of buying one just to do the book titles then I wouldn't. I would go to a sewing machine shop and ask if they do embroidery, use fabric pens to write the titles or hand embroider them.

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    I use my embroidery machine to do some of my quilting - and I've made embroidered quilts that are very unique. I've got it so I will use it and love it!!

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    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Brother-PE...roduct+Reviews

    This is the cheap Brother machine. $258. I want to do that quilt, too, for my DH, a big HP fan. I'm having the same quandary you are. I bought one of the first embroidery machines years ago when my kids were little and never mastered how to use it. However, it appears that they are easier to use now. I actually want the PE-770 for $600, but not sure about spending that much for something I'm not sure I will use. So I have been really thinking about this machine. As far as doing the embroidery by hand, that is how she did the original quilt. It looks doable, but I love the one I saw posted on here with all the fancy machine embroidery for the book titles.

    P-BurgKay would love to see your quilt done with fabric pens. Never thought of doing it that way. How well has it washed?

    For stabilizer, I've read that coffee filters work well. Never have tried it myself. You would need a spool of bobin thread and a spool of each color you want to use. Whatever machine you decide on will come with one or more fonts to do the labels with. If you want more than those fonts, you will need software to do your titles. There are so many options out there for software. You could spend $20-$1000 for software. If you have EQ7 you can get EQStitch to do your fonts and more.

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    The embroidery machine is the easy part. Unless you are going to spell out each word small enough to fit inside your hoop with one pass you will have to re-hoop and hope you get it right. A four inch field is pretty small when it comes to lettering.

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    Well heck, I guess I will be doing this by hand. Checking into embroidery machines I really don't think I want to spend money like that for one quilt.Then learning a new machine to boot So do you still need to use a stabilizer if doing it by hand.

    P-BurgKay, would love to see a picture of your quilt also. Thanks everyone..

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    Before you invest in an embroidery machine really look at how much you will use it. This time only? It does take time to learn how to use one and how to design the wording. If it is a one time thing or just for a few I would have someone else do it for me. I have a great machine but I use it all the time so that was my decision to buy. The good ones are expensive so that figures into it too.

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    If you are going to hand embroider, they have great no slip hoops now. I would use a big piece of fabric and do a chalk cutting outline with a little extra between the titles. If you hoop the whole piece and cut them out to separate them, it should go fairly quickly. In Redwork there are 2 main stitches for doing outlines, the Stem stitch and the Backstitch. I prefer the backstitch myself because I have more control with it. Instead of embroider floss, I prefer the perle cotton in the little balls. You don't have to worry about keeping the floss strands together as the perle cotton is one thicker strand of thread, I like the # 8 .

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    Thanks Tartan,I have some of the books made into blocks already,I thought I would sew them into rows and then do the embroidery. Do you think this would work and do I need a stabilizer also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA View Post
    I could farm out a ton of embroidery designs I needed done to my friends who have and regularly use these machines (and therefore are proficient at their use) before I've spent enough money to have bought my own machine!!!

    Perhaps I'm the only person on the planet who does NOT want an embroidery machine!

    Jan in VA
    No Jan your not alone I don't want one either I love doing it by hand as I'm relatively new to embroidery and I love the challenge of the tiny stitches - mad I know!!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by linbails View Post
    Thanks Tartan,I have some of the books made into blocks already,I thought I would sew them into rows and then do the embroidery. Do you think this would work and do I need a stabilizer also.
    Seems to me that hand sewing through a stabilizer would be really difficult, plus I can't see why you would need one if your fabric is flat (perhaps in a hoop?) and your stitches are not pulled too tight. I hand embroider for embellishment and I do not use a hoop, but I do check often to make sure fabric is not puckering.

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    No, Jan, I am right there with you. On rare occasion, I feel the need for one but my practical self puts the brakes on and saves me.
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    You are not the only one that doesn't want an emboridery machine. I have at times considered one but really have on desire to spend that much money to buy something I might or not use.
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    Wise words! Ditto! froggyintexas
    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA View Post
    I could farm out a ton of embroidery designs I needed done to my friends who have and regularly use these machines (and therefore are proficient at their use) before I've spent enough money to have bought my own machine!!!

    Perhaps I'm the only person on the planet who does NOT want an embroidery machine!

    Jan in VA

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    No need to buy an embroidery machine, just use your regular machine set up for free motion quilting. Mark the material first. Unless you want an excuse to buy a new machine.

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