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This community is intended for the open discussion of all things related to machine embroidery. The standard rules of conduct will apply - be nice, no name-calling, don't run with scissors, you get the idea. If you're old enough to be using an embroidery machine, you should be old enough to play nicely in this sandbox. =)

You're welcome to post links to patterns! HOWEVER - you MAY NOT post links to pirated patterns. If it's supposed to be paid for and you didn't pay for it, don't post a link to it. Stealing patterns is not cool.

Please avoid swearing, and please try to stay roughly on topic. Post pictures of your work! Ask questions about machine types! Complain about the defective thread you got! =) Most of all, enjoy!
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Oct. 3rd, 2011 @ 02:51 pm High-temp fusible film for iron-on badges
Hi. This community seems to be the best fit for my question. If it's not, please direct me to a community that can help.

I make machine-embroidered patches, and yes, I sell them. I'm looking for a place that sells high-temp melt fusible web or film in LOW-VOLUME ORDERS, the kind that's used on the backs of the iron-on appliques you find in sports outlets, fabric and notion stores, and such. The stuff that sticks when you iron it. I have tried Steam-a-seam paper-backed fusible (and Heat-n-Bond, and other store-brands from Fabricland, Michael's, and such), but the embroidered patches are a more dense application than your standard quilting cotton. Steam-a-seam is made for quilt applique, and other fabric-to-fabric fusing.

I looked online for this stuff and found it wholesale in China, but the minimum purchase order is something like 5000m of this stuff (no, I did not add an extra zero). I don't have room in my house for that kind of deal, nor do I have the connections to be a distributor myself. My tax situation is complicated enough.

Does anyone here have an idea where I can buy maybe 100m of high-temp fusible web/film?
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Aug. 24th, 2007 @ 07:45 pm thread
Current Location: sewing center in the dinning room
Current Music: Pats pre-season football
Hi i have the Janome Memory Craft 350E. Has anyone used the Coats and Clark thread? If so have you had any trouble with it? I heard that the Coats and Clark thread is made by Robison-Anton Thread. Does anyone know if this information is true. Also does anyone know if the Janome can use the rayon thread or does it has to be the poly thread.
Thank You for you help
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Dec. 12th, 2006 @ 03:28 pm (no subject)
My husband got me the Singer Quantum Futura CE-200 embroidery machine for Christmas and let me open my present early. So far I love it! I had no problems installing the software or with getting it to work. I do have two questions for those of you who are familiar with this machine or with machine embroidery in general.

1. The tension on the top thread seems to be too loose even though I have it on the "E" setting. Am I possibly threading the top thread incorrectly, using the wrong weight fabric or something else? I believe I have everything set correctly and the embroidery turns out nicely but when I look on the back the top thread is wrapping under quite a bit.

2. What are some good places to look online for free or inexpensive patterns?

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Sep. 24th, 2006 @ 08:30 pm Looking for Designs
Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated
I'm looking for inexpensive designs for various dog breeds. Realistic looking, not cartoony. I found a great site, but now I'm not able to access it. It was International Embroidery Supply, great prices and great designs.

Any help to find something similar would be appreciated.

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Jul. 19th, 2006 @ 06:17 pm Newbie question
I just got my new Quantum CE-100 from Amazon. I haven't even taken the machine out of the box, and already I have a question. (-:

For stitching out a test design, can I just use regular sewing thread and interfacing, or do I have to go out and buy embroidery thread and proper stabilizer?

I don't need anything that looks super duper nice right away. I just want to play with it and make sure it works! Any clues would be appreciated, thanks!
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Jul. 17th, 2006 @ 10:24 am New Memeber
Hi! I just found this community and had to join. I am an amateur machine embroiderist, but I have lots of fun with it. I have a Babylock Intrigue and a Mini Magic Box Plus, so opportunities abound. In fact, I just had my machine stitch the chinese character for "health" on my sling (which I'm wearing for a work injury to my shoulder). I used varigated blue, so it looks kind of sparkly. I don't have a digital camera, but I still wanted to share my little fun with people who would appreciate it.
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Be Evil
Jul. 10th, 2006 @ 01:23 pm Embroidery machine questions
I've recently moved countries and am without a sewing machine. I was thinking of just getting a good basic model, and then a friend of mine told me about the Quantum Futura (made by Singer)... I am now captivated by the idea of getting an embroidery machine. The one I am interested in is the CE-200, because the CE-100 just doesn't seem to come with enough stuff.

I have done some machine sewing and consider myself fairly competent; I've never owned an embroidery machine before.

Question 1: Is the Futura my only option below $1000? (I've looked at reviews on patternreview.com, and most of the others seem to be MUCH more expensive.) I know I'm going to be spending gazillions on supplies anyway, and my bonus wasn't THAT big, so I don't want to go completely nuts spending on the machine. (Also because knowing me and hobbies, there is a nonzero chance that I'll embroider like 3 things with it and then never use it for embroidery again. In which case I would prefer to minimize my guilt.)

Question 2: Has anyone used the Futura (or any other low-cost option, if there is one) and liked it? Hated it? How much of a pain in the butt is the software to use?

Question 3: Is it any good as a sewing machine? I do need a machine to sew with too, and I'd prefer one machine to do it all.

Obviously, I'd ideally like to go to a sewing machine store and play with one of these before deciding whether to buy it or not. But I've already failed my shopping roll a couple of times, so I'm resigning myself to the possibility of playing with Singers in general and then ordering off the web. (Shopping suggestions for the LA area would also not go amiss.)

Thanks in advance for any clues! (Cross-posting to advanced_sewing and machinembroider.)
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Diane Flipper
Jun. 10th, 2006 @ 08:05 pm Finally a group for me!
Just wanted to say Hello. I'm Maria. 31 year old stay at home mom of 3 children. Just moved my family to Kentucky from California. So far so good..I am totally obessed with machine embroidery. I have been doing it sense Octobter 05. I have a Brother Pacesetter 8500. Looking forward to meeting others. I have so much to learn. I sew everyday..lol
Can't wait to meet others out there...
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Apr. 10th, 2006 @ 11:54 am Hi!
I just bought a used SE3. I read a bunch of reviews that said that it worked just fine, so long as you bought prewound NEB bobbins, because the bobbin winder built in just didn't do well for most people. So, I bought a bunch of prewound bobbins, and it works great.

I'm waiting on my software EM2, embird, and Vikant Ultimate Box. I hope I chose wisely.

Here's one of the first things I made:

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Mar. 8th, 2006 @ 06:00 pm It's here!
Current Mood: excitedexcited
I'm sure you were all waiting with bated breath to know what machine I finally chose. I went with the Singer Quantum Futura, and it was delivered today. It may not be the fanciest machine on the block, but I think I'm in love. I got it hooked up and ran the sample pattern, and it went perfectly. A little noisy, but I don't care. I do believe my husband will be taking me to stock up on thread tomorrow!
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