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Thread: Question on Machine Embroidery

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    Not sure if this is the place to post this, but I am rather new to quilting as well as machine embroidery. I am planning on combining both, but his is just about embroidery.

    Ok, I have done some embroidery designs on a cheaper fleece blanket and towels for practice purposes and now I am ready to do things that count :wink: . So I understand that the embroidery density makes the area embroidered stiff and of course with the stabilizer even stiffer. So, I tried it with a great quality of water soluble stabilizer and when I washed the fleece, it looked ok, but there was a little hole in the one little place where the design met the cheap fleece. Also it was a little "wavy" if you know what I mean, but I have noticed most embroidery on wearables tends to do this. Now was this because the embroidery weakened the cheap fleece or because I used the WSS and when it washed out it left the material even weaker. Should I have used a tear away stabilizer?

    Any thoughts? Thanks a bunch!

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    I'm no expert by no means but I use tearaway or cutaway on the back and washaway on top, if it made a hole it could have been where several stitches came together and pulled.

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    The wavy might be prevented by using a sticky stabilizer or spray basting the fleece to your stabilizer. That can reduce the stretching.
    As to the holes, some of the cheap fleece IS really thin....where the nicer fleece is more tightly woven and thicker.

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    On fleece you can use a tearaway and WSS to add stregnth on the back.

    On the front use a WSS on top then do your embroidery. This is so the stitches don't sink down into the fabric, but lay on top.

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    I hadn't tried the basting spray for the fleece, but I will the next time I do it.

    Thanks for all the suggestions, I appreciate the tips. You all are the greatest!

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    Hi this is fatcat. I have been gone for a day or so and just got back home today. Hope everyone had a good Christmas and the New Year will be wonderful for you.
    I have a question to ask about a Singer Futura CE100 Embroidery machine. I need to know how to get a design off my screen so I can try to do another one.
    I have this machine because this past May, my sister passed away and she wanted me to have the machine and I am just now trying to figure out how to run it. The machine is brand new. She never got to use it. I just didn't have the heart to do anything with it until now. I have uninstalled the softwear and reinstalled it and it still didn't take the design out and I can't embroider anymore on it until the first design is gone. I have even gone in a deleted the designs that I had saved.

    I am not very good at explaining this but I did read on the internet that this machine is not a good one to have but it was given to me so I am just trying it. Can anyone help me.

    Thanks
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    Have you clicked on file, and then click close the design?

    Also if you click on Help, and then click on "hot to tutorial" and then click close a design, it will walk you through how to do this.

    Here is also a good website for Futura machines
    http://www.futura-support.com

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    You can go there and download hoop basting stitches too :D:D:D

    Sometimes instead of hooping, or if you want additional stabilization, you can have the machine stitch a basting stitch around the outside perimeter of the design :wink:

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    There is also a more extensive manual. You can find it by doing this. I printed mine out for easier use :D:D:D


    1. Is there a more extensive manual for the Futura™?

    Yes. With the basic Futura™ CD in the D drive, open up Windows Explore, by right clicking on the START button on the bottom tool bar. Left click on the drive and the contents of the CD will appear on the right side of the screen. Among the folders listed will be the Manual. Double left click on the icon. The manual is 92 pages and explains in detail all of the programs functions.

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    Loretta, Where would I find designs for card stock?

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    Nursie, There is a knit stabilizer that is made for sewing knit fabrics. It comes in black and white. It is sold by the yard in the stabilizer section at JoAnns or other general fabric stores. It makes a great stabilizer for fleece as it is also a knit. I have a tendency to dribble on the fronts of my knit blouses and
    Ts. Rather than throw or give them away I often embroidery something over the stain. That soft knit stabilizer also feels good against my skin. You also need to use the washaway stabilizer on the top of fleece. Good luck.

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    I found these for free at the sewform.com site in 4x4 and 5x7...I know Embroiderygarden.com has them also in bigger sizes...they work really good if you don't want to hoop

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    What a great thread. I want to try embroidery on a quilt this year and you have already answered a lot of my questions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loretta
    Cardstock designs are made for using on greeting cards. I get mine from Embroiderylibrary.com but I am sure other embroidery sites have them as well. They are a nice lightweight designs and not the heavy dense designs my friend says could stop a speeding bullet! LOL!
    LOL! Gosh, that is exactly the way I would describe some of them!!!

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    Lots of good information here!!! I forgot about the knit interfacing :D:D:D

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    Sorry I haven't been back on here but have been busy and today I had to work. I used some pelon on the back of my fabric and I finally got a design emboidered on some material. I also figured out how to get the one design off and another one on. Thank you all so much for the help. I really did enjoy doing the design last night. Wanted to do another one tonight but I am just to tired to do it so will wait until I am not so tired maybe and it will do better for me.

    Hope you all have a HAPPY NEW YEAR. Thanks again.

    fatcat

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    Fatcat - It is addicting isn't it? The possibilities are endless! I really wasn't sure I would use the embroidery module much, but wanted it for the quilting pattern capabilities....lol....haven't even tried that yet, but have been embroidering on everything I can lay my hands on! Now am trying to figure out how i can incorporate it into quilt blocks.

    Enjoy yourself!

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