Machine and Tool Maintenance

Multi-Needle Monday | The Dreaded Error Message

May 5, 2014
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Multi-Needle Monday | The Dreaded Error Message

Stitching grinds to a halt and the dreaded error message appears.  Here’s my method for unearthing the problem. First, check the needle thread and make sure the needle is still threaded.  Then take a look at the upper thread path and make sure the thread did not pop out of a tension disc or...

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Multi-Needle Monday | Cleaning the Upper Thread Path

April 21, 2014
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Multi-Needle Monday | Cleaning the Upper Thread Path

Just like lampshades and overhead fans at home, your multi-needle machine deserves to be dust-free. It will sparkle and perform at its very best if you keep the upper thread path clean. Set aside 45 minutes to an hour to give it the full spa treatment. Even though my photographs don’t show it, it...

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Has this ever happened to you? (Part 2)

April 9, 2014
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Has this ever happened to you? (Part 2)

By Sherry McCary I was putting together a piece-in-the-hoop quilt block, and for some reason I still can’t figure out, decided it was a good idea to walk away from the machine while it did the final quilting stitches – even though it had already created three nasty bird’s nests on this one block…Not...

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Multi-Needle Maintenance

March 31, 2014
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Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog

Are you giving your multi-needle machine the tender loving care it deserves? Every day, before revving that baby up, slip one drop of oil into the hook. It takes less than a minute and is worth every second.  A well-oiled machine is a high-performing machine. Here’s how to do it. First, remove the bobbin...

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Multi-Needle Monday! Tension Test!

January 20, 2014
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Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog

Bobbins Refer to your machine’s manual to determine the correct size bobbin for your machine. Do not guess here – follow the manual’s instructions. Most multi-needle machines do not come with a bobbin winder so purchasing pre-wounds in the correct size is a must.  The bobbin slides into the bobbin case just like it...

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Multi-Needle Monday: Basic Threading

January 13, 2014
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Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog

It’s Multi-Needle Monday!  This week we cover Basic Threading Techniques. Hmm…what color thread goes on what pin? On the Baby Lock Enterprise and the Brother Entrepreneur®, you’ll see an LED light under each thread pin. Use the LED lights as a guide, selecting a matching spool of thread for that pin.  Just like embroidering...

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Help is Just a Photo Away

June 5, 2013
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Recently, I installed the cutwork upgrade on my Brother Entrepreneur. This isn’t something you pop into the side of the machine, select an icon and say OK.  No, this is a bit more involved because there’s the machine upgrade, the installation of the cutwork knives (needles) and the PE-Design NEXT upgrade. The upgrade kit...

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One Hot Partner

July 20, 2011
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One Hot Partner

As stitchers, irons are really important to us. We are known to spend over $100 on an iron because pressing is an integral part of sewing. Many of us (including me) resisted this fact when we first learn to sew. But once embraced, the results are dramatic. And the results are what endear that...

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Give Your Embroidery Machine a Spa Treatment

October 15, 2010
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Give Your Embroidery Machine a Spa Treatment

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,...

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