I am new!!! (both to this group and to machine embroidery in general)

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I used to post regularly on alt.sewing years ago but for whatever
reason (work/kids) I stopped.  Now that the kids are older I am
finally going to be buying my first embroidery machine!

I am buying a beginners model - the Pfaff Smart 300e.  I was going to
purchase a Singer Futura 200 but there are none available in my
province and I can't afford the 250's or 350's.  I know I will
probably regret not getting a bigger better model with all the bells
and whistles, but I know I can always upgrade in a few years when I
know if I truly will enjoy it.  I have been practically salivating for
an embroidery machine for the last 5 years!

I do have some questions though, which is why I am here.  I hope
someone can help!

? - I am not yet buying any digitizing software (I will wait until DH
isn't missing the $$$ from this next big purchase!) but I am pretty
good at graphic design, and my DB is 100 times better than I am.  I
would like to make my own designs (ie tell my brother what to do)
after I learn how to use the machine.  I would probably use adobe
illustrator.  I read online that all I have to do is save it under the
proper file extension and then find a digitizing company and email it
to them and pay them to convert it.  It seems to easy though...is it
really that easy? Is there anything else to consider?

? - I am just going to ask now for any tips that anyone might have for
my first project, such as easier fabric to embroider? Least stress
inducing project? Any words of wisdom?

thanks so much everyone!  I am picking up my new Pfaff on Saturday!

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I checked on-line and see that this machine connects to a computer via USB
cable.  So you should be able to download zillions of designs from the net,
free and otherwise.   I wasn't able to find out exactly what embroidery
format your machine uses (for example, Brother machines use pes).  If your
format is supported by the Embird suite of programs, that would be a good
way to go.  There is an optional digitizing program that is reasonably
priced.  After the initial learning curve, it's fairly easy to use.  There
are tutorials available.  I have no experience with Adobe Illustrator,
except that the conversion from a graphic file to an embroidery file is not
a matter of pressing a button.  Not if you want a good result.  However, if
you can find a digitizing company that will accept your files that would be
a good way to go.  Depending on the skill of the digitizer, the results will
vary.  I've never had this done, so no personal experience.

Look for places to buy supplies in bulk.  You will need needles, stabilizer,
thread, adhesive spray, etc.    I embroider usually on cotton quilting type
fabric for decorative items, but any fabric will work.  If you are
embroidering on knits, such as tee shirts, etc., use ball point needles.
Otherwise use sharps or embroidery needles.   I most often use size 11 (75)
needles.  Marathon thread is good, as is ARC, and not too pricy (at least
last time I ordered!).  Study up on the different types of stabilizers to
match them to your needs.  Perhaps you already know this, but some kind of
stabilizer is a must on almost any fabric except the very stiff.


http://www.marathonusa.com /

http://www.terradonunlimited.com /

http://5ts.com/machine-embroidery-supplies /

http://www.allstitch.net/index.html


Just a few places to get you started.  Good luck!

Iris



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Thanks Iris,

that is all very excellent information!

Michelle

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A couple of weeks ago I ended up getting a pfaff smart 300e.  For my
needs it is perfect!  I am pleased with the quality but I do wish it
could fit bigger hoops.  I can't really complain since I wasn't sure
if I would love embroidery or not.  I do though!

Michelle

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On Wed, 20 Aug 2008 21:52:14 -0700 (PDT), michellegio snipped-for-privacy@hotmail.com
wrote:

alt.binaries.crafts.pictures

Subscribe there when you are done with your first project.

It's not pictures, it's machine embroidery.

Look around for a while first.

There are also amateur digitizers in there that might digitize
something for you, as long as it isn't too difficult.
This group (alt.sewing.mach-embroider) is not a group where files can
be posted, so you can't post a graphic here.

Good luck with your new Pfaff.

-- D

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dotty wrote:

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Michellegio-sew is currently using Google Groups, which doesn't
support binaries groups :(

  - Herb

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Sorry I am confused.  Did I miss something? I don't really need to
post photos or graphics!  but thanks, I can also access that other
type of group - binaries -  (or at least my DH knows how to do it!)

Michelle .


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Re: I am new!!! (both to this group and to machine embroidery in general)


On Tue, 26 Aug 2008 20:37:23 -0700 (PDT), Michelle Giordano

alt.binaries.crafts.pictures is where you can do more than just talk
about machine embroidery. It is the sister group of this group.
It's the adopted, red haired sister this group doesn't like to mention
it seems.  :-/

Prepare to be amazed.
-- D

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