Many of you expressed an interest in learning how to assign thread colors to the needles. I’ll share how I do it. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m self-taught – I’ve never had a lesson on a multi-needle machine. For quite some time, my only exposure to the multi-needle machines was at Stitching Sisters events. After deferring all multi-needle questions at those events to my sister, Marie, I figured it was time I tackled the 10-needle.
Here’s what I’ve learned. Stitching does not have to proceed from needle one through needle ten. It can progress in any order such as needle three to needle seven to needle one. You can control what needle stitches when just like you can control what thread you put on what needle.
I’m often working with one palette for several embroidery projects at a time so I select the 10 thread spools and load them onto the machine in no particular order. Now remember, I’m not a commercial embroiderer so although I like to save time, I am not focused on shaving seconds off of every stitch out. If I was, then I would pay attention to the order in which I loaded the spools (most-used spools go together on pins three through eight to save time when the machine actually moves from needle to needle).
With all ten needles threaded, select the notes section on the machine screen and go to page 5.
Turn the Manual Color Sequence to On and then touch Close.
Retrieve the embroidery design. I’m going to stitch a six color design from the Embroider-a-Cure Collection.
At the machine, retrieve the design. Touch Edit End.
Touch the spool icon.
When this screen appears, you can change any of the colors to a specific needle. Just to be clear, ‘colors’ are the colors of the design as listed on the left column and ‘needles’ are the ten icons on the right of the screen.
To assign a needle to the first color, touch the needle that you want to stitch first. Here, I’ve assigned needle 8 to stitch the first color. Notice how the color on the left now has an 8 next to the spool.
Touch the plus sign at the lower left corner to advance to the next color.
Touch the needle that you want to stitch next. Here I’ve assigned needle 7 to stitch the second color.
Touch the plus sign at the lower left corner to advance to the next color and throughout all of the design until all needles have been assigned. Touch Close.
The design now appears on the sewing screen and you can make final adjustments to positioning the design in the hoop.
Once you’re satisfied with the placement, touch Sewing and you’re ready to stitch!
An added bonus to manual color sequencing is the programmed colors in the design will remain until you select another design. To permanently store the programmed colors, save the design in the machine’s memory.
Next week, we’ll complete this discussion on threading.