Congratulations on purchasing a NEW MACHINE. Whether it be your first or your 10th, it is exciting to have a new baby in the house.
You are going to love it! I have just upgraded one of my machines to the latest sparkly top of the line machines, and I wanted to share with you some of the things I do to make sure I know what I am doing, and I am making the most out of my machine.
1. Take the manual out of the box first.
Before you attempt to put your machine together, take the manual out of the box, and use it to make sure all of your bits and pieces are together. This will assist you if there are any issues, it will also make sure you know what the actual pieces are. I like to go through the parts list, and tick of that each item has been included. Thankfully I did this as I unpacked my new machine, because I would have used one part in a totally different way than what was intended.
2. Plug your machine in before you place the embroidery unit on to make sure all is fine and working
I like to work on putting my machine together one step at a time, ensuring that each step works perfectly before moving onto the next. So before I am going to put the embroidery unit on, I want to plug in the regular sewing part of the machine, and ensure that all is working on that end. There are a couple of different things I am looking for at this stage. I want to know if there are any weird noises as the machine begins, and I want to know that the machine goes straight into stitching mode, with no strange messages appearing on screen.
3. Try stitching out some of the stitches included in the machine.
I don’t know about you, but I love embroidery so much, that I don’t always use all of the features included in my machine. So this step is great for getting to know all parts of my machine. I like to take a piece of fabric (I will use 100% cotton, with embroiders felt underneath, and stabiliser), about 5” wide, and stitch out 1 row each of all of the beautiful stitches included with my machine. I then place this in a folder with my manual and another relevant documentation on the machine, so that I can reference it when needed. I find I will refer back to these stitches much more often than those on the machine lid. As an aside, if you have threads that are not “good” enough to use for embroidery, you can use some of these up here.
4. Attach your embroidery unit, and ensure that the unit arm is moving correctly
You need to ensure that the embroidery arm is moving cleanly and easily, that there are no weird noises (again), and that attaching the embroidery unit does not bring up any error messages on the screen. Ensure that you are following the instructions on attaching the embroidery unit, and make sure if you are recommended, that you turn off the power before doing this.
5. Stitch out a basic design
When I am stitching out my first design, I am generally not looking for perfection – instead I am looking to see what I need to adjust. We want to see how the tension of the machine handles both regular stitching (weave fill), and satin stitches. If there are any issues as you are doing this stitching, you will need to refer to your manual for details on how to alter these tensions.
I hope you have enjoyed this article, and that your machine will be a joy to you for years to come.
Until next time, have a Stitchin’ Day. Julie