Just because a needle has a green spool next to it, it doesn’t necessarily mean the needle actually HAS green thread in it. Only you know what’s on the spool pin and you can take the time to tell the machine and the machine will automatically assign that needle to the matching color in a design. Or you can skip the assigning color step and just keep it a secret! Well, not really, you would assign individual numbers manually like we did in last week’s post. If you do opt to keep it a secret, then you might have some interesting images on the screen when you retrieve an embroidery design. But really, get over this; it’s not a big deal. What is a big deal is assigning a maximum sewing speed for a specific needle. Now that’s helpful!
When embroidering with metallic thread, set the maximum speed for that needle at a low number, say 400 or 500 stitches per minute to reduce thread breakage. Even if you set the speed of the entire design (on the main embroidery screen) at its maximum, the machine will remember to slow down when the metallic thread needle is stitching. Here’s how you do it.
This is a spool pin that I will consistently thread with metallic thread. If I have standard thread on that pin, I can reassign the speed (by going back to page 3 and touching Reset) or just let it stitch at the slower speed.
How easy was that?
I wish I had taken the time to go through these exercises months ago. I’ve learned so much from writing these posts and working through the steps. Now I’m more confident on these machines than I ever have been and I hope you are too. There’s still a lot to learn so stay tuned!