Blog. When I first saw this word I though it peculiar. That was a long time ago and there are words and abbreviations now being used that are much more peculiar.
So, I decided to read a “blog” (pre-ATG). So long and boring I cannot even remember the subject! I need pauses so I can take a breath and rest my eyes!
So here goes my first attempt. I scanned the gamut of blogs here at ATG. Many are tutorials and have nice pictures. Videos are great. But I do not have all those great media products. Maybe an amateur picture or two, but mostly I have words.
ATG embraces crafts our Grandmothers and Grandfathers used, only without the added convenience of electronics. Thank-you, all you great minds than never stop working on building the “better mouse-trap”!
Techniques where handed down by the “hands-on” approach and notes. Eventually, hand written diaries.
We now have books, magazines, videos, forums and blogs!
However, there is bound to be a problem that those forms of communication just can’t help us with.
This is where instructions for patterns/products and manuals for the machines we use come into play.
We need to take the time to read and apply each step and not skip around or go by just the pictures.
Everything about the machinery is important from those first pages about power supply through maintenance.
The most perplexing piece of craft equipment today is probably a toss-up between the embroidery machine and the serger. Air-jet threading sergers are anxiety free (at least for me).
The embroidery machine. It is so amazing to watch it work! There have been added features since I purchased my BabyLock Ellegante and would like to hear from those with newer machines.
One thing we have in common, no matter which brand or model embroidery machine we are using is thread. Many good brands, however, the thread manufacturers sorta threw a monkey wrench into the works when they began offering spools/cones of thread that were cross-wound along with the standard wound spools we were all use to for sewing.
Not all embroidery machines have spool pin options needed to handle the variety and the manual may not address this, but a thread stand is usually the answer to most thread issues.
Then there is the bobbin. Looks just like the one in the sewing machine and it is. Except, machine embroidery requires a lighter weight bobbin thread and not the same thread as for the top stitching. The correct weight should be noted in the manual for the embroidery machine. Free-standing lace would be the exception; comments welcomed.
So to sum it all up - it is best to learn the machine, test new products and techniques before attempting your project. A little time in preparation can save production down-time as well as an item from being ruined.
This is the end of my first blog. Should you not be familiar with my idioms, those peculiar words can be found on the Internet!
PS: Sewing machine manufacturers have come up with great improvements since Barthelamy Thimonnier put the first mechanical sewing device in to commercial use in his tailor’s shop.
There is a great history of the sewing machine by Grace Rogers Cooper of the Smithsonian at the Gutenberg Library - http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/32677 The first sewing machine needles; the machines - just amazing.