Embroidering (OT)

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Embroidering (OT)

I know this is not scrapbooking, but I figure since a lot of you are crafty in so many ways, some of you might do embroidery.

I really want to be able to embroider. I am learning to sew, and while I like it, I think I want to learn embroidery much more.

But I don't know anything about the machines. I would kind of like a combo machine if they are any good, since my sewing machine is always messing up.

The only one I have seen though that isn't REALLY expensive is one at Walmart, but only has a 4 inch embroidery space. And I really don't want to get that and then decide it's not enough space and need to buy something else to upgrade. So I would like a good machine to start with that will last a long time.

Anyone know much about embroidery machines?

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My machine is a Janome. I bought it at the sewing store several years ago. I have a 4x4 hoop and a 5x7. Mine is a single needle, not to fancy, and definitely not commercial machine. I can't do with it what commercial machines can do but I didn't pay $10,000 for mine either. Wink

Here's the one I own:
http://www.janome.com/index.cfm/Machines/Embroidery/MC350E

I would much rather have a separate sewing machine. I have a Brother and love it! The reason is, embroidery takes a while to sew out and I can be sewing something else while that machine is working. Double duty. Plus I keep my sewing machine out to scrap with.

Here's a couple of pics of things I have made:

burps

bibs:

dress:

Let me know if you have any other questions.

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Those are the exact kind of things I want to do!

How do you get the picture designs? Do you have to buy cartridges or a computer program or something?

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You buy designs that are on CD's and then my machine uses a USB cable to transfer the file. You have to have some type of editing software too if you want to resize anything.

My favorite site to order designs from is www.sewmanydesigns.com. Some designs so out great and I have bought others that did not so great. I have also found fonts and such off Ebay. HTH!

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This is the one I have. It is a combo machine. I also have seperate sewing machine, but this one is much fancier than my stand-alone.
http://www.husqvarnaviking.com/global/598_3471.htm

I have software for it that can covert just about any picture, drawing, etc into embroidery. I'm just learning how to use it so don't have any examples to show.

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Thanks for asking this!! Kelly, I would LOVE to be able to make things like that as well! I'm looking at the link you shared. Eeeeeekkkk. Do I really need another toy!?!

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Kelly, those things you have done are awesome! I mean, I know the machine did it, but you designed it and added your special touches (ribbons/buttons and what not). Seriously...you are one talented woman. Smile