I had mentioned in an earlier post that I was offered a deal that I just couldn’t pass up by my sewing machine dealer at the Quilt Show I attended two weeks ago. Well….I’ve been playing with it for a bit and am now ready to share!
I stepped out of my comfort zone with this purchase. An Embroidery Machine!
Not only is this a whole new ballgame, but I even moved away from my beloved Janome brand and bought a BabyLock. I looked at the Janome, and would have purchased that one, but the deal was just not as appealing. So, here is my BabyLock Ellure Plus. The machine is more of a base model. It has a simple black and white screen and offers only a 5×7 hooping area, but it is perfect for me. I didn’t want, nor did I need to purchase a more advanced machine – this is not, and will not be my main business. The benefit is that this machine doubles as a sewing machine. I did test it out in that regard, but much prefer my Janome Memory Craft 6600 for my purposes.
I have been contemplating buying an embroidery machine for a while as I often get requests for personalization of my products, but never jumped in. Honestly I have not had the time to undertake learning how to embroider…..but now, I am forced to.
This little baby is part of the reason I have not posted much this past week. I have been spending any spare time I have trying to grasp how to use this. The machine itself is quite easy to use, it’s learning about what stabilizer to use when, how to position everything and learning software that is the tough part.
I have a lot to learn, so I am not offering embroidery customization in my shop yet – but it is on the horizon. For now I am having fun playing around and my girls are LOVING that I can put cute pictures and their name on things.
I am open to any tips/techniques/advice you have to offer on embroidery. I am a sponge trying to learn as much as possible!