The lady is right! Embroidery machines tend to sew hard and fast, and
the cotton does not hold up. I use polyester (40 wt.) and have not
had any shredding problems ever...........Cotton is beautiful for
quilts.........not so hot for embroidery.
Poly embroidery thread is what you want....Tons of places sell
it.......I like Robinson-Anton.
Thank you, Pat. Once upon a time, I heard a Viking Dealer tell a new
quilter that she must change her needle after every one hour of stitching.
Nearly fainted dead-away. ( Methinks that dealer's husband must have bought
the business for her to keep her out of his business.)
I was very suspicious. Polly
"Pat in Arkansas" wrote in message> The lady is right! Embroidery
machines tend to sew hard and fast, and the cotton does not hold up. I use
polyester (40 wt.) and have not had any shredding problems
ever...........Cotton is beautiful for quilts.........not so hot for
Here's what Polly asked, the thread got un-joined or something.
I presume that's for embroidery... And peculiar to Brother machines?
What about silk embroidery thread? And the wool and acrylic mix
embroidery thread made by Aurifil?
There are applications where I shall need to be able to embroider in a
variety of different threads, for different purposes, and poly just will
Planning ahead here. I have my eye on either the Bernina 830 or the
Husqvarna Diamond. I want to try them side by side and see which will
do what I want to do better...
Are you really Really considering a Diamond or 830? Oh my golly. Wow. Do
keep us updated every step of the way. I just wandered over and glanced at
both; looks like the 830 has a much more generous arc though maybe not.
A little misgiving about the Bernina embroidery - from what I've read,
Bernina is not much concerned with keeping the computer stuff upgraded ( oh
my soul how I've learned to despise the word 'upgrade'). You'll remember
that my heart belongs to Bernina but it surely would hurt my delicate
sensibilities to be tossed aside like yesterday's pizza. Polly
This is one of the many issues I will have to go through with both
companies. I need the machine, the maximum hoop area I can get for what
we want to do with it, and the all the digitizing software. I also need
to be able to set some time aside to get used to it.
This will be my personal purchase from my share of mother's estate,
after we fix the house and put aside some for other major projects (like
sending the GMNT to Tanzania for a month and getting him a car when he's
old enough to have one, less than a year from now!), so I have plenty of
time to do some research and try the machines out to see what suits and
what will do the jobs I want to do in the threads I need to use for
them. A minimum requirement will be silk for 18th C clothing, wool for
crewel work type patterns and cotton or linen for blackwork, redwork,
broidery anglaise etc.
I'm quite prepared to be told that only a multi-head commercial machine
will do what I need, at which point things may need further thought and
Since we need to do some major work to the house (like changing the
windows!), I won't be buying the machine until at least the autumn. The
dust needs to settle from that and the resulting decorating before we
can bring in fancy new machines! Hey, it might be NICE to have machine
embroidered curtains done to my own design at every window, but I think
that's probably an ambition too far!
My minimum requirement will be to be able to design and stitch out
really cute labels for all my quilts - when I can finally get time to
complete a few of my UFO's!