I have a guest blogger here this week! Denise Holguin, Designs in Machine Embroidery Managing Editor, shares her experience on machine maintenance. Denise wears many hats here at Designs, including a new one of ‘embroiderer.’ Believe it or not, she’s resisted the urge to dapple into embroidery for almost 9 years. But this summer, she got bit by the Stipple! bug. And as many of you know, treading into the hobby of machine embroidery brings more than its share of challenges. – Eileen
Give Your Embroidery Machine a Spa Treatment
We all like to pamper ourselves — it rejuvenates, refreshes and makes us feel like a new person. But how many of us take the time to pamper our embroidery machines?
Your embroidery machine is an investment—whether you use it for a hobby or a business. It’s a good decision to take the machine for a periodic servicing about once a year.
As you can imagine, we use our embroidery machines daily at Designs in Machine Embroidery.
As I was stitching a new project using Stipple, the machine stopped stitching and sounded the alarm—the needle got unthreaded. I noticed the brown thread I was using was shredded. I also noticed some lime green thread stuck in the thread guide.
Hmm… how am I going to fish that out? I stared, wide-eyed at the lime green thread for a few moments—I need the jaws of life to get it out. I tried a pipe cleaner. No. I tried some tape—I figured if I could get the thread to stick to the tape—I could pull it out. No.
Thirty minutes into this ordeal I decided the lime green thread wasn’t worth the battle. I decided to take it to the experts down the street— Mr. Sewing Machine. Walter Castro and Antonio Orozco are our friendly machine service technicians on Harry Hines, in Dallas, TX.
I walked in, told them a hideous blob of lime green thread was stuck in the thread guide. Can they fish it out? As Walter expertly removed the cover from the machine—our eyes zeroed in on the culprit—which he easily removed.
It turns out the thread wasn’t quite as big a blob as I thought and perhaps I was foolish for bringing the machine in.
Then Walter said… it’s a good thing you brought the machine in. Take a look. He started to fish out something far worse than the small blob of lime green thread. He started unrolling/unweaving multiple strands of black thread—that were caught in the inner workings of the machine. Oh my. I had no idea. I wasn’t even stitching with black thread today.
The moral of the story—don’t assume that what you can’t see won’t affect the outcome of your projects or your machine. While I was concerned about the lime green thread that I could see—there were worse issues inside the machine that I could not see. It was a very educational afternoon at Mr. Sewing Machine and one that I hope our readers will also learn from.
So, take your machine in to your local dealer for some TLC on a regular basis. It will keep your machine running in tip top shape, you’ll have better success as you stitch your projects and you’ll enjoy the embroidery experience all the more.
I think that’s very wise advice from a novice embroiderer. Denise may be a beginner but her passion for embroidery is evident in her commitment to Cook’s Children’s Hospital. Denise is completely responsible for Designs Stitch-a-Bear Charity Campaign. The total is growing – click here to see how many children will receive a new, embroidered bear.
Remember the pool table that hubby had to have but now just collects dust? Or the garage full of fitness equipment that collects dust? Wouldn’t it be great to test the waters before diving in to a new passion? Entry level embroidery machines are the perfect starting point for the budding artist/fashionista or the newly married couple that needs to decorate their home on the cheap. Who do you know in your life that would do cartwheels to have a machine? What would they make?
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Last week we asked what your favorite Designs in Machine Embroidery project was. The winner of the Mini-Perfect Placement Towel Kit is…April!
April I loved the article on personalizing Market Totes. I made one for me and one for my daughter’s teacher, which we stuffed with all sorts of goodies at the end of the year to make sure she was stocked for the year ahead. Loved how easy they were to embroider!