Brother wins another award for innovative product design!

Dear Friends, It surely has been a long time since I have blogged but I did want to share the story of this very prestigious award that Brother has recently received....in the name of a wonderful sewing machine and it's very innovative features.... BROTHER INDUSTRIES, LTD. RECEIVES INTERN... [More]

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LaRueSews-All Wrapped up Writing this BLOG for Ann the Gran.com has been one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever had.  It has taught me that I can expand myself and my knowledge far beyond the things I have done before.  I have learned that I am indeed a writer, if given a t... [More]

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An African Bird Safari

Any one up for a Bird Safari... introducing the SANUFU BIRD,Roosters and chickens... Bring your binoculars.... South Africa has a large and varied bird population. Over 3 000 birds (and small animals) of 400 different species are uniquely presented in more than 100 spacious landscaped walk t... [More]

Puzzles and Catalog Xpress Tip #1, Notes

I recently read somewhere that in order to keep our brain fresh and vibrant, it is important to exercise it the same way that we exercise our body.  That exercise includes doing the embroidery we all love, but it can also include games, puzzles, as well as the everyday issues we face.  Tod... [More]

Don’t Be Afraid of Pillows! *Beautiful Hemstitched Boudoir Shams*

Greetings to all! In my travels I get to visit with customers who love to sew and embroider as much as I do.  I try hard to listen to what people are wanting and asking for, and what they need help with most.  I'm always surprised at how many experienced embroiderers are afraid to sti... [More]

My House is my home

  Home can mean different things to different people. To many of us home implies the house we live in, with solid walls and floors.  To many in Africa, home is a hut with thatched roof, known as a “rondavel’   South Africa, the country in which I was born and grew up, i... [More]

Keeping It Simple - Embroidered Boxes for Trinkets and Gift Cards

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Free Fun Fonts For Family - Friends

  The following tips can be used for both Windows XP and Vista.Operating systems vary, if in doubt, check with your provider and/or technical support. I like to be a little more individual than most; I change my colors of my embroidery at will, and I use many different fonts when I am able t... [More]

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Keeping It Simple - Covered Cookies for a Charity Auction

My Brother is quite involved with a fundraising group here for kids with cancer.  Last week they had a  group walk, a big dinner and a silent auction.  There were all kinds of items in the auction for  almost any dollar level including a $10.00 purchase table that did not require... [More]

Two More Really Terrific Free Software Programs

  The following tips can be used for both Windows XP and Vista.Operating systems vary, if in doubt, check with your provider and/or technical support. I had a lot of difficulty with my Adobe Reader recently.  All things considered, it was a very bad situation and I wanted to drop kick t... [More]

LaRueSews-Quilts-Did You Needle Turn Today?

I just finished a dress for a friend this week.  I seem to have a hard time getting to my quilting projects.  Saying “yes” to too many things besides quilting keeps me from doing what I love most.  Right now I have at least five quilts in progress.  That is not to men... [More]

Keeping It Simple - Embroidered Baby T-shirts for Cool Summer Fun

I am not sure why but many of our favorite shops for infant clothes have gone out of business over the past year or so.  These shops featured handmade items that were unique but really reasonable in price.  In the past, when life was too busy to sew we frequently bought clothes for the gir... [More]

Post That Project Proudly

  The following tips can be used for both Windows XP and Vista.Operating systems vary, if in doubt, check with your provider and/or technical support. If you ask me what I most enjoy about the AnnTheGran site, it would have to be the people on both sides of the computer who make up the commu... [More]

Show Me Your Jumbles

     Individual characters (letters, numbers and punctuation marks) from my alphabets andindividual designs can be found on my Stock Design Page.  My designs are also available inpacks, as described in this blog.  Those can be found here.  For designs and packs ava... [More]

Nine of the Best Internet Sites - IMHO

  The following tips can be used for both Windows XP and Vista.Operating systems vary. If in doubt, check with your provider and/or technical support. Here is my version of great Net information and money saving tips and tricks.  I love finding these, and get a lot of my links from high... [More]

LaRueSews-Quilts-TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF!

This Blog is a week later than it should be because I have been on the mend from a little surgery that I had three weeks ago.  I had a trigger finger on my right middle finger.  That is a very important finger for me because it is my “needle-pusher” finger when I am quilting.&n... [More]
New Year, New Machine

New Year, New Machine

Were you fortunate enough to get an embroidery machine for Christmas? It’s exciting, and scary, and wonderful, and overwhelming. Now what? What supplies do you need?

It’s tempting when the excitement runs high, but don’t buy every gizmo out there. Allow yourself some time before jumping on the gadget bandwagon. Take your owner’s classes and do plenty of reading, research, and networking with fellow embroiderers.

Here are the minimum basics of what you will need to get started:

Stabilizers

Start out with three basic stabilizers: light weight tear-away, medium-weight cutaway, and sheer mesh stabilizers. They should cover any scenario you encounter starting out. A spray adhesive would also be quite useful.

As you get some experience on your machine, you may find that you want to try water-soluble stabilizers, typically used for stitching lace and as a topping for embroidering on fleece or knits.

Stabilizers can be rather pricy but if you join Ann’s Club, you can purchase stabilizers at half price.

Thread

Rayon and polyester threads are standards for most machine embroidery. For items that will be laundered frequently, polyester thread is best as it does not fade and is bleach resistant. You don't need 100 spools either. Start with basic primary colors and add other colors according to your projects.

You can save a lot of money by buying assortments of thread. I NEVER follow color charts to the exact color number. I take the colors I have and use what looks good together.

Special bobbin thread is used in the bobbin. Pre-wound bobbins are wonderful, but be sure that your machine is capable of using them and, if so, the type (designated by a letter).

Scissors

Double curved scissors make clipping threads in the hoop a breeze. Can you get along without them? Yes, but it is so much easier if you have them. Otherwise, standard sewing scissors are fine for cutting fabrics and stabilizers.

If you decide to get into applique, duck bill and Easy Kut scissors are favorites.

Start out with the essentials and then buy items you know you want!


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