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Embroidery Machine Essentials by Jeanine Twigg
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Nov 12, 11

bookshelves: a-quilting-techniques, reference-book


This was the first book on machine embroidery I purchased. I had just gotten a SINGER FURTURA first level embroidery machine and was anxious to learn how to use the machine. This book was one of the first of a series of machine embroidery books written by Ms Twiggs. She went through a lot of information that a sewer needs to know to learn how to machine embroider: threads, needles, stabilizers, hooping, placement, you name it the book covers it. This book is and excellent resource for a beginner.

I discovered I DO NOT LIKE DOING MACHINE EMBROIDERY. I would get rid of the book but my Bernina 440Q is capable of doing machine embroidery if I wanted to. I think the motifs are hokey and I do not plan to invest in hundreds of new patterns... so why bother. I am keeping this book for now... maybe someday I will offer it for a donation.


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Rebecca Grace Your review cracked me up -- you only gave it 2 stars even though you said it was an excellent resource for a beginner... then you said "I DO NOT LIKE DOING MACHINE EMBROIDERY!" I know how you feel about the "hokey" stock designs. I find myself using the embroidery module on my Bernina for things like outline quilting "in the hoop" -- so it looks like gorgeous, perfectly executed free-motion quilting, but all I had to do was hoop the quilt (after stabilizing with ditch quilting between blocks) and press the START button! I also like to use it for monograms on gift quilts or blankets, for adding a little verse or sentiment along the border, and for quilt labels, too. But I got the Bernina embroidery software and I use that to make my own quilt labels, monograms, etc. I never stitch out those big elaborate designs, either. :-)

Rebecca Grace Oops -- apparently I cannot count. You gave the book 3 stars, not 2!

Nonnie I would have to buy a Bernina embroidery unit for my machine when I wrote the review I had a FUTURA SINGER embroidery module and was using that. I do not like babysitting machines doing the work. Also since then my gf has several business style machines for her business and I have access to that but I still do not like machine embroidery. She usually makes my quilt labels in exchange for a pan of lasagna. Works for me I GO LOVE FMQ and have taken classes and been doing that.

Rebecca Grace Well, I hate machine embroidery, too! I just did machine embroidered applique flowers in the centers of 8 Dresden Plates. They look cute now that they are done, and it's for a small blanky quilt that my niece will drag around until it disintegrates, so not worth the time and effort of needle turn applique. But I know what you mean about feeling like I'm just there to observe and not really doing anything! I was glad to unhook the embroidery module. Tomorrow I'm going to do some patchwork. That will be much more fun. :-). It seems like I'm stuck in there all day with nothing to do but hoop, unhoop, change thread, etc...

Nonnie Yes, I know what you mean.. I spent the day making nine patches. I think I made about 400 for a quilt I am working on like piecing better than other types of quilting. Join a bunch of us quilters over on Twitter.... Sandy from Quilting for the rest of us, me Nonnie P, Pam for Hip to be a Square and a bunch of other podcasters....... Nonnie...

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