For the past three years or more I have kicked around the idea of getting an embroidery machine. I have probably mentioned here on my blog - don't know for sure. During this period of time I was never able to justify the expense. Now, I am referring to one of those units that sell for around $400.00 - certainly not one of the thousands of dollars model. Of course, I had spoken to Leon about it and as usual did not get any negative responses from him.
Yesterday, when in Wal-Mart, Leon asked me which one of those machines did I have in mind. So I showed him the one....he immediately hoisted the big box into the cart.
Of course, I knew absolutely nothing about the machine...only what I have seen on tv. I had been talking a bit to Kristi about some of the in's and out's she had experienced with her unit.
One small problen with getting help from her is she is in Kentucky and I am in Oklahoma. Oh yes, we have a phone line or e-mail as a means of communication. Just not quite the same as being in the same room though.
So called Melba (dear friend of many years and a very close neighbor) and told her about the new machine....then I asked her to come up. She has an embroidery machine so I knew she could help me. Now her machine is one of those champagne models where mine is the beer style.
Did we ever have fun trying to figure out these buttons (on the screen). Yes, we had the manual - all nearly 200 pages of it). Like most people I don't want to read real close - just sort of hit the high points - or check out just a certain area to get a required result.
Anyway, we got it worked out last night after a two to three hour period. Actually embroidered the letter "W". I realize that does not sound like much of an accomplishment to those of you who know about such things.. but to me it was a very big step.
This morning I piddled with it awhile longer..need to get real comfortable with it. Have not decided for sure - but I think I will do my quilting sewing on my Singer and leave the embroidery work on the Brother. Perhaps, I will change my mind as I grow in my confidence in the use of it.
The first thing Holly said, "Now Mother you can embroider on the back of the quilt all the info you want." I will do that on a small piece of fabric and then hand stitch it down - at least until I get used to all the bells and whistles. This is a copy of the one I did this morning. I will put this on the quilt I am currently hand quilting. The quilt is for me - to be used when I nap on the sofa in the afternoon.
I still can not justify the expense of this new "play toy". I guess all I can say I am helping stimulate the economy in spending money.