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Eric A.

I hope I am posting in the proper area:

I have a Brother SE626. I often get a "The pattern is too large for the extra large embroidery frame" error.

I think I am within the 100mm (4 in.) size at the far left corner of the 4" paper size, but I have been guessing as to where to put and what size to make the pattern. So far it has been a guessing game. How can I verify I have the pattern small enough and in the right area so I don't get that error?

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Kimberly C.

Hi

I am just starting out with embroidery.

I was given a brother 400 machine

Unfortunately I have a Chromebook which I cannot use with the machine.

I am interested in doing 3 initial monograms. Along with some applique designs.

Instead of purchasing a new laptop specifically for this machine, should I upgrade to a newer version embroidery machine?

Also if i want to download new patterns can I use the usb stick.to retriever patterns from a friend's computer.





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Kirsten S.

Hi Kimberly,

I believe you actually could download new designs using your Chromebook; so long as you don't need to run embroidery software. The Chromebook likely has a USB port so that you can download digitized designs from web sizes that sell or offer them free. For example: https://www.embroidery.com/Dime-OnHouse-WeeklyFree...

The machine also has several included monogram and applique designs which you can access by pressing the embroidery hoop icon on the machine's button panel.

If you want to stitch designs that are not available pre-digitized (i.e. you want to design your own), then you would need to upgrade to a full computer so that you can have embroidery software.


So my advice is to learn about the existing built in designs on the machine and use them as much as you can, then try downloading designs from web sites and using those, and then if you find these two methods do not provide you with enough options, you would consider purchasing a new laptop.

As I see it, the main reason to get a newer version embroidery machine would be that you need a machine that does more (bigger stitching area, automatic thread color switching, laser positioning, etc.).

Best wishes.

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Joyce D.

Hi, I just bought my first brother PE550D embroidery machine a couple days ago. I have been practicing embroidery on my machine and I've came across a problem while sewing a design my bobbin quit sewing but there was thread still on it but not much, I couldn't figure out how to start were I left off. Any suggestions that will help. Thank you.


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Kirsten S.

Hi Joyce, I sympathize, but I'm sure you can save this! To get back to where the bobbin quit, if you haven't finished the design, use the - needle button to go backward. If you do need to reload the design, be sure to position the needle over the same center point that you used when you began, and use the + needle button to go forward until the point where your bobbin quit forming stitches. Here's a list of instructions from: https://help.brother-usa.com/app/answers/detail/a_...

You are able to skip an area in a design if you wish not to embroidery by following the below steps.

1. At the point you wish to skip, press .

2. Press , or to move forward stitches.

3. Press to move forward to the next color.

4. Press .

5. Press the Start/stop button to continue embroidering.

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Emily M.

Hi, I am brand new to this. I am trying to convert a pdf file image into a file type that the bernina embroidery machine will recognize. It runs ArtLink7. I think it needs to be a .ART file, I found an online converter, but it didn't work... X'D if anyone has any advice I would very much appreciate it ^_^ thanks.

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Kirsten S.

Hi Emily, you can convert to DST or EXP format and a Bernina machine will recognize that file type. ART is a proprietary format, and you would need software directly from Bernina in order to write to that format. The machines actually can read a few different formats, possibly to compensate for the fact that ART is not readily available.

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Stephen E.

Hi-

I just started working for Datastitch, and we're paying top-dollar for all models of used Toyota embroidery machines. If you know anyone looking to sell theirs, please send them our way:

https://www.datastitch.com

Thanks!

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Darin Andersen

Stephen Spoke with me and I approved this message on the forum. He is purchasing used embroidery equipment. If anyone has experience with datastitch, please feel free to leave feedback.

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Cassy M.

Good day! I'm a beginner and already have an embroidery machine, but also I need a comfortable place for working. I've looked through a lot of tables, but want to hear pieces of advice from experts. https://justtosew.org/best-sewing-table/ could you help me to choose from this list? Maybe one of you has already had the experience with the choice of the table. Thanks in advance!

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Kirsten S.

Hi Cassy. I'm on the hunt, myself. For me, I think the Sauder 411615 Sewing Craft Cart has most of the things that I'd like (small footprint, lots of storage to the side of the machine , no drawer right in front of me while I'm stitching) I think it's a bonus that it has casters for easy moving, but I don't anticipate moving it much. For embroidery really any table at the right height will do; as I don't sit with the machine all that much, but for sewing, comfort is key.


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Cassy M.

thank you very much Kirsten!

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Kirsten S.

You're welcome. I hope some others can give you more things to think about as it comes to comfort when embroidering. I think if I had space for it, I would want a table for the machine that also had room for hooping and for a thread stand in the back of the machine. Many threads (especially metallics) do better with a separate thread stand, and the shorter the distance between hooping and putting an item on the machine, is generally for the better.

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Sikes m.

Our SWF/E-T1501C embroidery machine has stopped automatically changing colors when we want to run a multi-color design as one color. We have to manually start each color change. Any ideas on resetting or fixing this problem. Thanks, Sikes

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Kirsten S.

Hello! Maybe this page from the manual will help: https://www.manualslib.com/manual/2005018/Swf-Swf-...
or this video:

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Hershal J.

I am new on this forum and i want to learn about digitizing logo and can anyone help me to learn digitizing.

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Kirsten S.

Hi Hershal,

It might benefit you to learn digitizing in the software that you intend to use. While the principles can be applied to any software, when you're just beginning it's helpful to have the same buttons and options that your teacher is referencing.
To learn in Hatch, try Adorable Ideas by John Deer
https://www.digitizingmadeeasy.com/embroidery-digi...
To learn in StitchArtist, you might try starting with our software learning program for it. It's mostly about how to use the software, and not a lot on digitizing theory, but it's a place to begin:
https://www.embroidery.com/Learn-StitchArtist

There are many other digitizing softwares available. Please comment back and let us know which one you'd like to use.

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Cassy M.

I can advise you Wilcom

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Hershal J.

I would recommend to convert JPG to PES by Absolute Digitizing. Their quality was good and they even gave me 50% off in first order

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Anne S.

Hi there, I have an 8 Head SWF machine, that’s been acting up lately. It got stuck today with the needles down (error 101 main motor driver irregular signal detected) Turned it off, let it sit for a while, turned it back on so I get the needles up and take the hoops out. It started tracing around the full perimeter but got stuck in a corner and wouldn’t budge. I can’t stop it from completing the trace even after turning it off again. I’m pretty new to embroidery so ideas/ info would be great.
Thanks!

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Kirsten S.

Hi Anne, first thing I suggest is checking all of the areas where the pantograph frame wants to go. If it's getting stuck because there's a box of needles in the path, for example, you're going to need to move whatever is blocking it from completing the full perimeter.

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Jeanett R.

has anyone had to re celebrate frame size senso

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Kirsten S.

Like this?


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Jeanett R.

i am new to machine embroidery. I have a brother 1000e 10 needle machine. I am trying to learn to use cap frame. I have the number 3 large frame. When i set up on machine and ready to sew i get message “change to larger embroidery frame”. Iam using the largest one and i have resized graphic to smallest possible. What am I doing wron

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Cassy M.

Also you can communicate with brother service, they can advise you

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Kirsten S.

Hi Jeanette,

I'm not sure so far what's the issue, but let's start with size, since that's the more limited on a cap than on a flat.
The cap frame embroidery area is 130mm x 60mm, approximately 5” wide x 2.4” tall. If your design is bigger than that, it's probably too large, even if it's as small as it will go. You'll need to pick a different design or have it re-digitized for a smaller size.




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Kirsten S.

We're having a demonstration and discussion on Thursday (online) about continuous embroidery! Here's the link:

https://www.embroidery.com/event.ec?eventID=2159&e...

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Leslie T.

Hi there! I am new to the forum and am seeking advice or a video to help me install a new picker spring in my Brother PR1000e. Any help would be great as we have embroidery for days and a very unhappy machine!

Thank you!

Leslie

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Kirsten S.

Hi Leslie

This is something I have never done. Here's a video that you may find helpful for choosing the position of the picker spring:


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Kirsten S.

Register to join us next Friday for the Beyond Monograms event!

collage of monogram projects

Register Now!
All attendees receive a free monogram frame design and lots and lots of lettering education!

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Leslie S.

Question about using 60 wt thread - this finer thread was recommended for embroidering smaller letters and details. Does one use 60 wt in the bobbin as well? Thank you

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Kirsten S.

Hi Leslie,

Typical bobbin thread is about 90 WT, so it's generally not necessary to change the bobbin weight for small lettering.

Please register for next Friday's Beyond Monograms and learn more about lettering.

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Leslie S.

90 wt? Wow, I didn’t know that. When I bought my Sai the dealer threw in a pack of prewound bobbins, and I blush to confess that I didn’t think to ask about the thread weight, as he assured me these were right for the Floriani threads I intended to use.

Thank you

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Kirsten S.

90, sometimes 60. I have no idea which one I'm using at the moment :) At any rate, it's thinner than the top thread by a sight.

Here's how to register to join us next Friday for the Beyond Monograms event!


Register Now!
All attendees receive a free monogram frame design and lots and lots of lettering education!

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KAREN d.

I have the Bernina Deco 330 for embroidery only-have used it for a long time but just recently mid-way through a design, the design shifted? It's hooped correctly and right stabilizer is used. Any ideas as to why? Thanks much for any help!

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Kirsten S.

Hi Karen,

Common reasons for shifted embroidery food the hoops fabric being draped over the side of the table and pulling with the weight of gravity, or the hoop being bumped or running into something during stitching.

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KAREN d.

Thank you but neither happened so I'm quite mystified!

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Kirsten S.

Would you like to share a picture of the shift with us?

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gail e.

Hello. Just joined forum and need help promoting my fledgling embroidery business. I recently purchased a Ricoma 20 needle commercial machine and want to embroider a variety of items large and small which this machine can handle easily. My question is: I am attending an event in 2 weeks where I have purchased a vendor table to promote my business to the public------what should I put on the table to illustrate what I can do, the quality of my work, and variety. I have only done a few practice runs on the machine so far, so I don't have finished items yet to show---but I want to get the word out about my business. What would be the best types of items to have on the table? Some demos on fabrics, business cards, flyers, photos of designs???? I want to make an impression but I don't want to go overboard or promise results I can't yet deliver. What is the best approach so I can grab peoples attention and interest? Thanks very much.


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Kirsten S.

Definitely have some business cards on hand. Spend the next two weeks making some samples. higher variety so that you have an idea of which ones you would most like to work on, and then highlight those at your event.

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Jeanne E.

Hi Gail,

Sorry for the super slow response. I'll send you a message through email, with information on someone who should be able to help you with your questions. Please look for an email from [email protected] Have a great day!

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Sewing C.

I'm buying a sewing machine for my mom's birthday because her old one broke. What's normally included i.e. bobbins, thread, needles etc. I already know what I'm buying I just want to know what else I need to buy for her to start working on her projects.

best brother sewing and embroidery machine

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Kirsten S.

I suggest getting your mom a variety of stabilizer and thread and needles. A little bit of bobbin and thread often comes with a machine, but you can't go wrong with an array of basic colors for when those run out, plus a few of her favorite colors that aren't quite so commonly provided, such as metallics. Be sure to get 75/11 needles in ball point and sharp varieties. Machines usually come with at least one hoop, and that's all she'll need until she gets a feel for the way it runs.

When it comes to the machines, the common advice is to buy the biggest embroidery area you can afford; but take that with a grain of salt. 5x7" is a great size to start with, especially if you don't know if she'll really want to do big things like quilts and jacket backs. Lots of embellishing can happen at 5x7, too. If she's already been embroidering and has had a larger embroidery area, you'll probably want to at least duplicate that if not go one size up.

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Andrew

Greetings to everyone! Due to a business requirement, I must learn how to embroider for the first time. I may be able to get my hands on a Toyota ad860, but it has a few missing heads. When I try to use it as a 6 head or less, does it give me an error message and simply refuse to work? The machine has 12 heads. I won't use all 12 of them in my lifetime. However, the machine is not overly expensive. My project involves leather and leatherette, which necessitates the use of a larger, professional-grade embroidery machine. Thank you so much for your assistance.

Regards

Andrew ~ EMBPUNCH

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Kirsten S.

Hi Andrew, I can't speak to Toyota specifically, but on the Barudan 12 and 6 head machines that I ran, if I turned off one head, the rest still functioned. We did that frequently, if we had an odd number of items to embroider or if one head needed maintenance and we needed to keep stitching until that was available. It seems likely to me that the Toyota will function similarly. It might be worth a call to Toyota support with the model number. They may have more guidance for you.
https://www.toyota.com/support/contact-us/

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