It’s that time again! Time to put the Brother PE 500 to work. Armed with 3 “blank” soon-to-be embroidered sweatshirts, I am ready to go in my little sewing nook and make the machine embroidery happen!
I know in advance that my machine will eat at least one of the sweatshirts. It does not like cheap thread, crooked needles, overly thick material, or improperly installed bobbins. It also reacts angrily when you run out of bobbin thread, or forget to add stabilizer.
My mother-in-law said, “I don’t start a design without a full bobbin.”
“Oh,” I said. “I never thought of that.”
“Don’t add stabilizer when you are embroidering something thick,” said my father-in-law, after two fleece blankets (in a row) bit the dust.
“Oh,” I said, “That makes sense.”
Unfortunately, machine embroidery is like life. People with experience can help you when you get in trouble, but they won’t be able to anticipate every pitfall you may encounter. Sometimes you have to make mistakes before you can learn.
I love making custom t-shirts and sweatshirts for our annual trips to the pumpkin patch and the ice-skating rink, in spite of the effort required.
Sewing a good design for someone you love is addicting.
My daughter was happy (and probably surprised) when the monogram I sewed on her expensive raincoat looked perfect. No one was happier than me. I was sweating bullets, hoping I wouldn’t tear a hole in her new coat, or misalign the monogram (a crooked design is an unfortunate thing indeed).
“Don’t you love it when you hit a home run?” said my mother-in-law.
Yes, M’am, I sure do.
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