Yes it is a lot of money, but worth it. Like i said, it has more than paid for itself. Some of my sites for free designs are:
http://www.annthegran.com - she has thousands in all different catagories
http://www.search4designs.com - you can put in what your looking for and a list comes up with all the free designs
http://www.bunnycup.com She has some really cute stuff, has a good sale selection, and has great monthly sales.
Most other sites will have a free design at the bottom of their design packs. Ebay is a good place to get single designs.
http://www.melcomart.com is where i ordered my thread. the brand is arc and i have never had any problems with it. i think it was around $1.25 for an 1,100 yard spool. this was 7 years ago, and i ordered around 100 spools, so i don't know if there was some kind of discount or not. I still have at least 95% of 99% of the thread left, i have only had to replace the basic colors.
Hope this helps someone, and if anyone has any questions, just let me know.
I have a Singer Quantum Futura, and I really like it a lot. I did quite a bit of research before I bought and made sure I was getting good options for the amount of $$ I was able to spend. Things I consider absolutely necessary now are a larger hoop and the ability to use any font or graphic from my computer.
As with any new piece of equipment, I had to take the time to learn the best ways to use the machine, embroidery supplies, and software together.
I have a Brother 270D (my first machine) that you can purchase for about $450.00. It has a 4x4 emboridery field. This machine can be purchased at Walmart or an authorized Brother dealer. I also have the 8200D by Brother. I got it on a closeout because I wanted a machine with a bigger embroidery field. This one has a 5x7 field. Both machines have Disney on them (I believe that's what the D stands for) and both will sew. I use the 8200D for embroidering and the 270D for sewing (I didn't want to have to take the embroidery unit off and on everytime I needed to sew). Both machines come with fonts and designs in addition to the Disney. Personally I have never sewn any of the Disney designs because most of what I do I sell and it would be against the law for me to sell items with copyrighted Disney designs. My 8200D came with four different sized hoops. The 270D came with one hoop, but I purchased another that is 4x6 for a little larger sewing field. It is a money pit - one thing leads to another. When I first got my machine I was naive and thought that the machine did everything you needed-WRONG! I have a lot of additional software ($) for monogramming and editing. The editing software lets you merge and group different designs together, resize, change colors.... My 8200D has limited editing capabilities. You also need a transfer reader/writer box that comes with a card. This allows you to download designs from the internet and transfer them from your computer to your machine. I have the PED Basic Reader/Writer Box which can be purchased at Walmart for about $129.00. I believe these boxes range from about $120.00-$300.00. Some more expensive machines have USB ports where you can connect your machine and computer/laptop directly. It's great fun. I like my Brother machines and just recently purchased a serger/overlock machine and went with Brother since I have a great dealer who really takes a lot of time to explain things and offers classes (which I think most do) and Brother is all I have ever had. Brother has a website where you can check out their products www.brotherhomesewing.com, they have alot of machines to choose from and most are alot nicer and have more bells and whistles than mine. I believe Babylock, Janome, Bernina, and Singer are all good machines as well. www.allbrands.com sells machines and I have bought other items from them. Of course eBay is another source. If you want support though, you might want to go local in your area.
ok, so i bought the brother se 270d tonight-played around and it is very easy to use--now my question--is this what i need to get things off the internet?
and where do you by the sabilizer and what kind do i need? i found some on ebay that are 5x5 sheets--but i dont know what kind i actually need--can i get these at a store--i hate waiting for shipping!!!
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Here it goes again. I tried to respond to you, but obviously I am too wordy and when I had to refresh the page it wiped everything away.
I believe you can use that box. I purchased the Brother PED Basic at Walmart for about $129.00. It is also available online and you can have it shipped site to store and you won't have to pay any shipping.
Tear Away is what you will use most, especially on hair bows and ribbons. Use Cut Away on t-shirts, knits and anything stretchy. You will also need a solvy to use on top of the t-shirt. The cut away goes in the hoop- inside of the shirt. The solvy goes on top where your design will be. Cut it to the size of the design or hoop and pin it on the top of the shirt. This keeps your stitches from being "lost" and keeps them on top. You will also need to use ballpoint needles when sewing on knits, t-shirt... You can buy the tear away and solvy at Hooby Lobby - the brand is Sulky. I don't remember the exact name of the solvy but it will say it is water soluble. There is a thick and thin version; get the thin. My cut away I purchase at my local sewing stores. I currently have some made by Babylock. OESD is another brand. www.sewbizz.net and www.sewingmachinemart.com Ohter places to check www.allbrands.com, Hancock Fabircs and eBay - do a search for tear away embroidery stabilizer or cut away. I buy my on a roll.
Other items I recommend:
Embroidery Machine Essentials (don't remember the author) it will tell you stabilizers and needles to use on different fabrics-although I don't follow it exactly. Be sure to read the section on "hooples" hooping, this is the method I use all the time (much easier)
Marking Pen and Centering Ruler: Marking pen at Walmart in sewing dept.-has two ends, one purple (disappearing ink) and the other blue (mark be gone). For darker fabrics I use a dress makers pencil in white or pink.
Centering Ruler: flexible transparent ruler for marking the center of your design for alignment. I bought mine at Sew Bizz, but you can purchase it at the Brother Mall on the Brother website (www.brotherhomesewing.com) -very inexpensive yet a valuable tool to have
Begin looking at software on Ebay- that will probably be your next step. Many software embroidery companies offer 30 day tirals.
Last edited by Rene R; 11-20-2007 at 08:45.
My walmart had the PED basic for $64 on clearance. You might check or call their craft department and ask!! I have to Brother 270D also. I have yet to embroider something that looks good
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