I took my first class at Alpine Sewing with my new embroidery machine. It was a bigger class than I expected, 6 people. Four of us had the Deco 340 and the other two each had a different machine. This meant that I couldn't ask about using the machine for my quilt so I stayed a bit longer to figure out what I needed.
We made an embroidered design from the projects pre-loaded on the machine. It gave us a good idea of how things worked, but I think I am just going to have to sit down and make a bunch of things to get comfortable using it. My plan is to buy a bunch of towels and clothes? napkins? who knows, but a bunch of inexpensive things from Dollar General and embroider the heck out of them to see how the machine responds to different fabrics.
I recently bought a bedskirt and when I get semi-good I intend to do a bit of embroidery on that. I have some towels I use for the dog on rainy days. I think RJ needs some embroidered towels!
After way too little practice, I started on a square on my quilt using the designs I purchased at Alpine.
The first one went great.
I wish the little bit of top thread didn't show through on the backside, but that is how it is supposed to look. Yes, it is. I checked!
I like how the variegated green thread I bought blends right in.
I started to get way too cocky. This is EASY!, I thought. I'll have this thing quilted in no time, I thought. That's when the thread broke half way through. It was too late to call anyone at Alpine Sewing, so I did what I TRY to do when I get frustrated. Leave it for another day when I am fresh.
I then spent 40 minutes picking out the stitches.
I probably could have stitched the whole square by hand by then, but that's not the point. I gotta learn this
I bought two designs for quilting my machine and I now have to figure out how to get the next design centered where I want it. I guess it will take practice. The display is not as helpful as I would like. My recommendation is that they get a laser light to show a lit square where it will stitch. Something like miter saws that have a little red light to show where the blade will be cutting.
I was supposed to do some outside work today, but it is once again too cold. Which is good, because I really am having fun learning this new machine. Notwithstanding all my whinging to the contrary.