10 Things to Do AFTER Buying an Embroidery MachineJune 14, 2017 / bySara / Categories : Feeds
Congratulations! You finally said “YES” to your first embroidery machine.
If embroidery is something you have never done, it will feel like you are starting from scratch. Yes, it might thread slightly different than your sewing machine and the pictures on the screen make no sense at all, but little by little you will learn what each area is for, how to hoop your fabric and how wonderful it feels like to complete your first official embroidery project.
We have assembled 10 MUST DO items to complete within the first three months of owning your new embroidery machine. These suggestions will get you started quickly and on a life-long path of embroidery enjoyment. This is not a set order of items, so please do them in the order that works best for you.
1. Schedule and attend your embroidery machine classes.
Most sewing machine stores offer a handful of basic embroidery classes to get you familiar with the embroidery machine. Take advantage of all education that was included with the purchase of your machine.
If you didn’t get classes with your purchase, seek out a store that has embroidery classes you can attend. Even taking embroidery project based classes will greatly enhance your base knowledge of your machine. Even I learn new tips and techniques at every class I take. Education is never ending.
2. Open the embroidery machine and embroider a few built-in embroidery designs prior to your first class.
Your teacher will thank you! Even if everything goes wrong, at least you are learning what not to do! We highly recommend attempting to embroidery something prior to your first hands-on class. By trying something (anything), you will not be totally green when you get to class. And, you will have some great questions lined up to ask your instructor.
3. Read your embroidery machine’s manual AFTER your first hands-on class.
Whether you are more of a visual learner or you just like to jump in feet first, plan to read through the manual after your first class. The information, pictures and tips will make much more sense after the class.
4. Sign up for any and all embroidery events your local store is hosting.
When stores play host to embroidery experts, embroidery trunk shows or offer embroidery project classes, get signed up early! Embroidery events are fun, entertaining and educational, so they always fill up fast. Take as many classes as possible. You are going to learn something new from every teacher.
Embroidery events are also a great place to meet other embroiders, see what other people are making, be inspired to try new things and go home totally pumped! Both Anita Goodesign or OESD (OESD Super Spree events) offer nation wide events at many stores that carry their products and embroidery designs. Watch this video to see what goes on at these type of events!
5. Buy a basic stabilizer set.
There are three basic stabilizers to always keep in your embroidery arsenal:
- Cut Away – for stretchy fabrics like knit, sweatshirts and denim
- Tear Away – for woven fabric like cotton, linen, dish towels and terry cloth towels
- Wash Away – a topping for napped fabrics like terry cloth towels and fleece
There are numerous variations of each of these stabilizers. As new projects are started, buy the stabilizers that are recommended for the best results.
6. Start your thread collection.
Start off on the right foot by selecting quality embroidery thread. (Read our post “Which One is Better? Rayon or Polyester Embroidery Thread“). Buying a starter pack of thread colors is a simple way to start. You will find that you will continue to add colors as different embroidery designs call for different shades. Unless you are going to buy one of every color to start with, build your thread color collection as you need the colors. Pick up a thread chart and begin checking off the colors you own to avoid buying duplicates.
7. Watch some online tutorial videos.
Once you have started to get your embroidery feet wet, take some time to explore additional online education videos. Here at SewingMastery.com we have built a video tutorial library of over 2,000+ sewing, embroidery and serger videos to help you master your embroidery machine.
8. Enroll in a online Craftsy embroidery machine class.
Check out Craftsy’s many online machine embroidery classes for an amazing and thorough embroidery experience. Join other embroiders as you work through additional embroidery information. Your Craftsy teacher answers student questions on a daily bases and you can see all the other student’s questions that have already been asked and answered at that same point in the online class. Don’t like your class? Craftsy offers a 30-day money back guarantee.
9. Practice downloading, transferring and embroidering a design from a website.
There are many websites that offer free and pay-for embroidery designs. Take time to practice the process of downloading embroidery designs from one of these many embroidery websites. Even your embroidery brand’s website will have monthly free embroidery designs for you to retrieve. Once you understand the downloading and transferring process, embroidery life becomes easy. If you are not computer savvy, have your sewing machine dealer walk you through the basic downloading and saving steps.
10. Schedule your annual service.
Mark your calendar for one-year from the date you bought the embroidery machine to take it in for its first service. Many stores offer the first cleaning free with your purchase so don’t miss out on getting it serviced for FREE!
BONUS! We are excited to announce…
SewingMastery.com will soon be launching its first online course, “Embroidery Essentials – 15 Embroidery Techniques to Help You Master Your Embroidery Machine”. To be notified of when this online class launches, be sure to sign up for the SewingMastery.com e-mails.
With the Embroidery Essentials online course, you can join me, Sara Snuggereud, as I help you master your embroidery machine through a series of 15 embroidery techniques. Learn how to avoid rookie embroidery mistakes all while watching over 3 1/2 hours of video tutorials.
If you take time to do these 10 MUST DO items, you are guaranteed immediate embroidery success. Make the most of your embroidery investment and have fun! If you get discouraged, know that there are many people and places you can reach out to for help.
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Hello! I’m Jade, welcome to my little sewing sanctuary in sunny South Wales. I am relatively new to the realms of dressmaking and have only really been getting to know my way around a sewing machine for the past three years. By day I work in an office-based role in Bristol but by night can be found in my little sewing haven, musing over my next big make.
I have always been a creative individual and have enjoyed crafting from a young age. At university I studied Graphic Design, which instilled my admiration of beautiful craftsmanship and contemporary design. There was a time when I believed my love for fashion and textiles would be limited to high street trending ready-to-wear garments. Learning of the wonderful indie sewing makers movement really changed all of this for me and after pouring over many inspirational sewing blogs (including Tilly and the Buttons!), I wanted in! In the beginning I attended a brilliant beginners dressmaking class and learnt basic skills and techniques but soon realised that if I was going to take the next step I’d need to make some room at home to build upon these skills!
I started off sewing at home at my kitchen table but soon yearned for a larger space to store all of my dressmaking paraphernalia, which was growing at an alarming rate! Two thirds of my spare bedroom has thus been transformed to home a retro writing desk, some shelving, a storage trolley and a few trinkets to decorate. Overall I’d probably say that my space has a bit of a kitsch vibe about it while still being quite minimalistic. I try not to sprout out too much as the other the other third of the room is occupied by my rather understanding boyfriend who uses his space for his photography hobby, and our pet lizard (‘Lizzy’).
Quirky storage boxes and prettily patterned tins are a bit of a weak spot – I love a good storage solution! Not only do I find it quite therapeutic categorising all of my notions, tools, threads, patterns and fabric but I also find it much easier to pick up a project if I know where everything is. Working in the week means that sewing time is precious in the evenings and this is why having a dedicated sewing space is so great, as it saves time having to set things up and pack things away all of the time. I try and sew a few times a week but generally have more time to get stuck into a project over the weekend, usually with a nice cup of tea and some biccies.
I am a bit of a planner and like to make a mood board to help me decide how the final garment I am making might look – the idea stage is just as fun as the construction! In addition to our resident gecko I have two gorgeous little helpers who keep me company while making, Henry and Coco the Chihuahuas. Coco is a puppy and can often be seen running around the house having fun with rogue scraps or on occasions a snail (pin-free) pincushion!
I’m not much of a fabric hoarder and only really have two main stashes of fabric. Interestingly my stashes mainly comprise of patterned fabrics that I’ve had for a couple of years now before I discovered my fondness for plainer fabrics. I love interesting prints but soon realised that although the pieces I’d bought were really striking, often they wouldn’t be something that I would necessarily wear. Nowadays I tend to gravitate towards plain, bold coloured fabrics and sew them up straight away, so they don’t hang about for long!
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Although I am a fairly new sewist, dressmaking has been in my family for generations. My most treasured possession is my dressmaking scissors given to me by my lovely mum who was a fanatical dressmaker herself! My mum sadly passed a couple of years ago and every time I use these scissors to make a garment it gives me a warming sense of pride and connection.
My favourite guilty pleasure of all (even more so than fabric shopping!) is acquiring vintage sewing patterns. My pattern collection comprises of a few commercial patterns, lots of lovely indie patterns (notably Tilly and the Buttons of course) and my beloved, ever growing collection of vintage sewing patterns. Over the past couple of years I have been lucky enough to collect patterns from various decades including the 40s, 50s and 70s but my favourite decade of all has to be the swinging 60s! I love the futuristic undertones in the styling of many of the garments from this period paired with the flamboyant expressions of colour.
I think a wonderful thing about vintage sewing patterns is that they all have a story to tell and it is quite remarkable to think that they are still being enjoyed decades after they were first printed. I try to keep the most delicate patterns in cellophane sleeves, away from the sunlight to prevent them from aging any further and when it’s time to use a pattern, I tend to trace off all of the pieces onto tissue paper to try and preserve the original pattern pieces. Etsy and eBay are a vintage-pattern treasure trove but I have also found a couple of gems at vintage fairs…it can be a bit addictive though! The sky’s the limit… well, my spare room for now!
Thank you so much for letting me share my little sewing space with you!
Thank you for sharing your lovely space with us, Jade. We’d love to spend an afternoon sewing with you, especially if Henry and Coco are around to assist!
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