Thankful Husband seeks information from knowledgeable seamstresses or craftsperson

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First of all thank you in advance to those whom spend the time to honestly
answer my request and share of their experience and knowledge.  If you could
either reply to the newsgroup or direct to me at gbrk<nospam>@charter.net
and remove the <nospam> from that address I would appreciate it.

Over the coming week I will be purchasing my wife some items to create for
her a great crafts / sewing room from which she can enjoy her hobby.  My
wife works very hard, at home, just doesn't get paid for it.  About the only
real satisfaction and pleasure she gets (hopefully apart from me :) ) is
with sewing and her crafts.  She has a White Serger, Brother 400 Embroidery
machine and New Janome Home 8000 and has done well with each however I know
with the new machines that are out there comes so much more that you can do
and achieve.  I'm trying to decide, with her help, which machine to get her
next.  I'm looking at the Brother Innov-is 4000D with the Disney designs
built in and the Jamome New Home 11000.  In addition to that I know she
wants one of the rolling carry cases but I also know there are other things
that each of you have in your sewing/craft room that you consider
indispensable or have on your wish list, or have just purchased and think
every person like you should not be without.  One such example that was
recommended to me was the BuzzXplorer cataloging software and the PE-Design
Version 6 software for the Brother machine if you get that one.  I'm a
photographer and would enjoy seeing her use some of my photography to
embroiderer onto my shirt or a tote bag she creates.

Again thanks in advance for your help and honest suggestions.  What are some
of the things  you would suggest I surprise her with to show my appreciation
for the many days, hours, and work that she has put in around the house?


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Honestly???  Don't "surprise" her.  Give her a *huge* hug and a Very
Large Gift Certificate!  This is an area where *we* can't/shouldn't
offer suggestions as *her* preferences are unknow to us.  Would you
want her(or us) to select YOUR cameras/lenses/film/tools?  No?  See
what I mean!

--
Beverly
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AMEN!  Give her a check or gift certificate for approximately the amount all
this will cost and go shopping with her to pick everything out!
Barbara in SC
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You mention that you are doing this with her help which is a good thing.
  It is hard to choose a machine for someone else.  She should
definitely be the one to make the final decision on the machine,
especially an embroidery machine.  One thing worth mentioning is that
Brother is the only company licensed by Disney for their designs.  If
your wife is likely to have a burning desire to embroider Disney
designs, then that will be a factor for her.
There are many accessories that are helpful for an embroiderer.  Since
she already has an embroidery machine, she may already have some or all
of these.  For instance, you could pick up the Madeira Thread Treasure
Chest which will go a long way toward starting her on the thread
selections for her embroidery.  This should be done in consultation with
your wife as well.  She may prefer a different type or brand of thread.
  Or she may already have lots of thread.  Most of the thread companies
offer thread collections.  I loved getting my Treasure Chest, so many
colors and so many possibilities.
Stabilizers.  Every embroider needs a selection of stabilizers to use
with the embroidery.  Find out which stabilizers she likes to use and
buy her some rolls of them.  See if you can get rolls that work well
with the hoop sizes for her new machine.  Sometimes you are able to pick
a width of stabilizer that minimizes the amount of waste for a given
hoop size.  Stabilizer racks to nicely store those rolls are a handy
addition as well.
Thread racks.  If you get into embroidery, you need thread storage.  The
Madeira Treasure chest is its own storage.  I have filled up the thread
rack I had before and added another one.  I'm looking for more already.
   I see that you post this over on alt.sewing.mach-embroider as well.
Someone there may be able to advise you on software which excels at
photography conversion.  For a reasonably priced software, Embird has a
good product.  I have not used their photograph conversion software.
Look at www.embird.com for their Sfumato Stitch software.
  Good luck with the sewing room make over.

Marilyn in MN


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First of all Marilyn thank you so much for being among the very few that
actually saw that I WAS involving her.  She had full knowledge of my
intentions and has been 100% involved in the whole process.  She actually
selected the Brother Innovis 4000 and I ordered it yesterday.  Many on here
disappointed me in their replies as they seemed more a chastisement.  I
wanted to be involved also in the decision as a partnership, which any
marriage is.  I wanted her to know I care about what she cares about and
wanted to acquaint myself with things of her liking as well.  Not just give
a blank check as if to say I don't care what you buy.  My purpose in asking
the newsgroup was to find people that either have more experience in the
hobby or craft than she and certainly I do.  To expose myself to possibly
items which might not be available in the stores we visit or look at and
certainly things which people with more sewing and embroidery experience
find helpful.  

Thank you again for sincerely answering my post and realizing that I would
not attempt such an endeavor without involving her in every way.  The
"surprise" part was just that I was going to do this for her (Christmas in
August/September) and not surprise in buying things she had no idea I was
getting.


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Sounds like a great marriage!  Now I'll bet she makes you something you both
choose as a nice thank-you!

Jean M.



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Congratulations on the purchase of the Brother Innovis 4000.  I know
many people who love their Brother embroidery machines.
Since your wife already had an embroidery machine, I wasn't sure how
much advice you needed in the "embroidery toys" range.  If you are
interested in a few more suggestions, here they are.

Nancy's Notions has an Embroidery Window Hooping Technique which is very
handy.  It is hard to find on her site although it is somewhere under
stabilizers.  I searched the Nancy's Notions site using "embroidery
hooping" to get to it.  The starter pack comes with the guide to the
technique and the plastic you use.  You also need some sticky stabilizer
such as SIA.  This is very helpful if you are making multiples of
something which doesn't use the entire hoop.  When I embroidered bags
for my Girl Scout troop with the troop number, I used the embroidery
window technique to make the process quicker.  It worked beautifully!

Nancys Notions also has the stabilizer racks I mentioned or you could
find a nice wine rack at a garage sale.

Nancys Notions has a stabilizer sampler pack which is handy.  Although
she has been embroidering before, there may be stabilizers she hasn't
tried or new ones that have arrived on the scene.  The pack comes with
an overview of the uses for the stabilizers in the pack.

Two stabilizers I like are Kleer Fuse and Fusible No-show Mesh.  Fusible
no-show mesh is good for knits and many other embroidery projects.  It
is a cut-away stabilizer.  Kleer Fuse is different than any other I've
used. It says for knits but we used it on a woven in a workshop I
attended.  It is quite nice.  Nancy's Notions has these and I'm sure
other shops and suppliers do as well.

Needles.  You always need more embroidery needles when you are sewing.
An hour of embroidery dulls a needle much more quickly than an hour of
regular sewing.  The machine just does a lot more stitches in the same
amount of time.  Having a good supply of embroidery needles on hand is
always a good thing.

The mini vacuum cleaner attachments to attach to your vacuum are helpful
for anyone with a serger or sewing machine.  Better to vacuum out than
blow back in (using canned air).  Most sewing catalogs carry them
(Nancys Notions, Clotilde, etc).

My husband went to the sewing stores with me and we both talked about
all the different options when we were buying the machines.  He bought
me the Madeira Treasure Chest as a Christmas present after I got my used
Viking 1+.  He likes to support me with what I am doing and he listens
to what I need/want.  I picked that up also from reading your post.  I
have to admit that I didn't pick up right away that your wife already
had an embroidery machine but I caught it before I posted about getting
started in machine embroidery.  I think this group is very sensitive to
people asking advice on getting people sewing machines _without_ asking
them what they want.  As I missed the mention of the embroidery machine
on the first read, they missed that both of you were looking at the
machines.

If you look into Sfumato from Embird, please report on what you think. I
like the basic Embird program that I have.  I'm thinking of expanding to
the digitizer but I'm not sure I will go for Sfumato. And I'm sure you
can tell that I'm a Nancy's Notions customer.  I'm not associated with
them in any way other than as a happy customer.

Marilyn in MN


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I don't know if either of you have thought of this, but a class will
introduce her to new techniques and help improve her skills. Is there
anywhere close to you that offers classes, or could you give her a weekend
away so she could attend a class at somewhere like The Sewing Workshop?

--
Sally Holmes
Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England



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You have to understand.  We literally have gotten hundreds of
well-meaning husbands on here who want to surprise their wife with a
sewing machine, and sometimes the "if it looks like a duck..." principle
happens and people get misunderstood.  Please, oh please don't take it
personally, and please do invite your wife to join us.

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Totally Understand Melinda, I hope the reply wasn't too terse but I also
meant, in the original post, to inform that I was involving her.  I also am
setting her notebook computer up with the newsgroup and others like it for
her to access for information.  Up to now she's a bit shy about doing such.


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She will be a asset to the group as we always need "another brain to pick"
and make certain you remain part of the groups as well.  All good husbands
are welcome.
Emily



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Let HER have the pleasure of picking out what she wants!  I know that's
what *I* would want!  What fun that would be....just the choosing would
be a blast in and of itself!!

-Irene


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Re: Thankful Husband seeks information from knowledgeable seamstresses or craftsperson
I am so beyond stunned I can't think of anything!!  When you get done
with the room could you come visit and "hang out" with my husband???  I
wouldn't know what to do!  
Still I would suggest some good lighting.


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First I would like to say that you should be poster boy as to why cloning
would be a GOOD THING!  I'm sure you've now acquired plenty of suggestions
on what to buy but I will make one about what you could make for her.  I
made myself one of these over a dozen years ago and constantly get "where
did you get that?" when seen it used.

I'm terrible at dropping pins even though I have every nifty pin holder and
cushion ever invented. I took a window squeegee with long handle, like broom
length, and ran a strip of magnetic tape (the kind with one sticky side)
along the bottom covering the rubber squeegee part. I use it to "sweep the
floor" after a major sewing project and pick up all those stray pins and
needles in one swell foop.

Just a thought,
Val



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Re: Thankful Husband seeks information from knowledgeable seamstresses or craftsperson
Thank you .. And that's such a good suggestion also.  I hadn't thought of
that one and will surely do that for her cause she is always cautioning me
about stepping into her sewing room without shoes.  Thankfully I haven't
found a stray needle "yet".

One thing I did get her that I will also pass along is from a Tool Store
that I went into at Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge.  It's a metal bowl that has a
very strong magnet in the bottom.  It's made for men to put their nuts and
bolts in, when working in a shop, but works wonderful for her to place her
needles and other things like that.


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Does she have a good cutting table?  One that's big enough to spread a
length of fabric on without it dripping off the sides, high enough that
she doesn't get a backache cutting (should be about elbow height), with
a smoothish surface -- masonite seems to be what I see used most, as it's
cheap to rip off and replace if damaged, and the smooth side is just about
right for moving fabric on.  

I'm also nuts about my pressing table -- a 4x4 sheet of 3/4 exterior plywood
covered with wool and drill, at a comfortable working height.  And of course,
good pressing equipment -- a very good iron, a sleeve board, seam sticks,
ham, sleeve roll.

Kay


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Actually what she has been using is a bit non-traditional but seems to work
well for her.  It's actually a fold up table, that folds out of the way when
not needed, that actually is meant to be a dining table.  There is one break
in the table that she has to work around but it gives her a very large
working space that puts away when she want to do that.  As for the pressing
table I pass along each suggestion to her and will this one also.  I've also
set up her computer so that she can access this site and other related
newsgroups so I'm sure she will be doing that from time to time also.


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Most of us started out by "lurking" for a month or two, just reading and
getting the feel of the newsgroup, so that when we did take the plunge
and ask or answer a question, we didn't feel so nervous.  After a while,
you get to feel as if you "know" some of the people who do post.

--
Joanne
stitches @ singerlady.reno.nv.us.earth

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