I recently had a problem with my embroidery machine and had no idea how to fix it. No matter what I did, the upper thread became caught around the
bobbin, resulting in a horrendous knocking sound and a tangled mess beneath the fabric. I threaded and rethreaded the needle and bobbin; I removed the needle plate and bobbin race and performed a thorough cleaning; I oiled a few specific areas; and I spoke to the machine in a soft gentle tone. To my dismay, nothing worked. So I turned off the machine and walked away. After an hour or so, I came back to the machine, turned it on and tried my luck at sewing some fabric scraps. The machine formed perfectly straight, uniform stitches with no problems, no funny noises and no resistance. Did a “machine embroidery fairy” visit my sewing room while I was fuming with frustration and anger in my living room? Or was turning off the machine just the “jolt” it needed? Maybe I’ll never know. But the experience made me realize just how important machine maintenance really is.
This summer, take time to bring your machine to the dealer for a tune-up. It’s an affordable service to ensure that your machine is performing at its best. Also ask the dealer if there are any updates available for your machine embroidery software. She can help you find downloads that will expand the capability of your existing program. Once you’ve updated and improved your most important supplies, you’ll be ready to tackle any project with confidence! While you’re visiting the dealer, take a look around. Most machine manufacturers host their dealer conferences in the summer, so it’s a great time to learn about new hoops, feet, thread stands and more fun items to experiment with and help expand your skill set.
We’re featuring a great new hoop on page 38. It allows you to hoop multiple fabric layers, along with trims, ribbons and yarn, to create texture. (It’s aptly named the Creative Texture Hoop.) There are also a slew of new designs showcased on the fabulous projects in this issue. (Not to mention the eight great must-have products on page 12.)
It’s too soon to know what brand-new lifesavers the embroidery companies will unveil this summer (because I have to write this letter so far in advance), but all summer long, I’ll be sharing the latest and greatest goodies on our editorial blog at cmemag.com. Stop by and start your shopping list!
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