The sewing machine shops also have used models that have been traded in for the lastest and greatest new thing. The lady that gave me mine, gave it away because the shop would not give her any credit towards the new machine she bought.
I bought my Quintet off HSN when they were having a big before Christmas sale... yeah, I know- kinda risky, but I haven't had any problems with it, just operator-errors..lol I had researched so many machines, reviews and videos beforehand that I was a little familiar with what I was getting into, but like quilting, I couldn't just jump into it without a learning curve. I wanted a new machine, and this one had extra feet, hoops, etc, so I jumped on it. The snowmen designs were from my 4x4 hoop, and the Christmas star swap designs were from my 6x10. It also has a hoop designed for continuous designs like borders, but I haven't worked with that one much. Embroidery is quite fun, but tends to get expensive with all the threads and fun designs that are available. I try to download mostly freebies, but have a couple favorite sites that have regular sales. Collecting designs is like acquiring a fabric stash.....
I also have a program from the Web (freebie) that comes in handy to resize/merge designs, although I don't like to redo them more than 15%. Most sellers don't recommend it, as it can change the density of the stitches or whatever, but I always test one out anyway, just in case..
Right now, I'm in to free standing lace designs for ornaments and such. Easier than it looks, made on my small hoop. This is my first testing, the tulle isn't necessary to use. The finished one was just a couple of wash-away stabilizer and the thread. Makes easy gifts..
Those are gorgeous, Kathy, similar to a gift that inspired me to check out this
option. Last year a friend gave me an embroidered angel ornament that was
quite lovely and she had done it on her Brother embroidery machine with a
downloaded program. They would make great gifts for teachers, classmates,
etc., for Alexis to give. I have my work cut out (no pun intended!) for me after
the holidays! Thanks again, Ladies.
I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day. ~F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace
there are so many FSL designs out there, some of the FB groups offer freebies and most sites like Embroidery Library or Etsy sellers have them for a small price. One thing I found is that the wash away stabilizer that looks like a thin paper towel works best for stitching the design to. The other form, that looks like clear plastic wrap, works better on top of napped fabrics like towels or fleece or even on top of the whitish paper type. It all rinses away in warm water, but the plastic wrap type doesn't work well for hooping for the base.
I have a set of ornament designs that are stitched to felt that I'm working on, I'll post a pic when I get them finished..
There is so much to learn before I feel like I can really dig in and work on the embroidery machine, boggles my mind! Thankfully Sister has her machine and can teach me the basics like which stabilizer to use for what etc.
Mittsy had a machine that embroiders, also, but since I can't find anything on DGs, I don't know as she is still posting. The FB groups have lots of people that embroider for craft fairs and such, so there's tons of things to look at. Joining their groups is free, and some of them offer freebie designs on the FB page or a link to their .com site or Etsy shops. It can be addictive, like quilting - it just sucks you in and before you know it.... lol
Anyway, I'm happy I can still trip in here to keep track from time to time!
it must be because my subscription is over... the last link takes me back to Dave's Garden forum, even if I manually type in the reference#s. But thanks anyway! Most of us are here, the others I can find on FB or email...