Happy 2017 Machine Maintenance!

HAPPY NEW YEAR my faithful blog readers!! It’s a NEW YEAR and I’ve got some new 2017 SQUAD GOALS!!!!

  • MORE BLOG POSTS!!! If you evveerrrr have a suggestion, please let me know! After all these years it’s hard to come up with new material. Jeff says he is going to help in this department as well. I would even welcome guest posts! Do you like embroidery related? What we are up to? What do you want to read?
  • With more blog posts I promise to actually read and approve and answer comments in a more timely fashion! 🙂
  • MORE newsletters. I actually pay good money to send you newsletters, and some months I don’t even send them. Basically it’s like giving money to my newsletter provider for doing nothing. So, I hope to send out a newsletter a month with sale info, new design info, new blog posts, etc.
  • MORE designs. We get so busy and weeks fly by. We hope to do more designs and on a more regular basis.

I’m sure the list will grow! We’ve been doing this since 2009 and we want to stay strong and continue providing you with great simple and unique designs and help you out on the blog along the way!

On that note, it’s a NEW YEAR, and a great time to CLEAN YOUR MACHINE!! Now would be the perfect time to get your machine in shape for the new year, and also set a schedule to keep it clean and maintained. Set a reminder on your phone. Mark your calendar. Get on a schedule!! The schedule really depends on your machine usage, but you need to keep your machine clean and free of lint and junk and also CHANGE YOUR NEEDLES on a regular basis. Are you using more sticky stabilizer than usual? Are you doing more towels and linty stuff than usual? If so, you need to clean it more often! I did mine this morning…

Here are the tools needed. If you have a multi needle, they came with your machine. I also use alcohol and Q-tips to get the gunk! I’m a couple of needles short to change out my 6, so heading to Joann at some point today so I can change them all. I use Schmetz 75/11 Embroidery Needles.

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Here is some of the gunk that came out of my bobbin case area. GROSS!

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I use the brush as well as the alcohol+Q-tips to clean the bobbin case area really well. I also dust around where the needles are screwed in, and dust the top of the machine where the tension knobs are. You just need to make sure to get the dust away from the machine, and not blow it IN to your machine.

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It’s amazing the amount of dust that can accumulate! I did my share of towels for Christmas, so keep in mind the projects you are working on. If you are doing a lot of towels, or using sticky stabilizer a lot, then you need to clean and change needles more often.

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Take the plate off the bobbin case area to really get inside the bobbin case. When all clean, screw it back on tightly.

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For a complete blog post on Multi Needle Machine Maintenance, check out my previous blog post by clicking HERE. It has been shared and pinned a lot on Pinterest!

Happy 2017 to you and you’ll be hearing from me again soon!

Rosemary

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Small Shirts and Multi Needle Machines

Happy Fall Friends! I can’t believe it’s almost November. Where do the time go y’all? We all know that time does not stand still (even though moms like to hash tag that on every.single.photo of their kids), and weeks turn in to months since my last post….

Anyway… The question was asked the other day by M. Jennings in a Facebook group I’m in (and I edited it slightly)… “Ok multineedle friends. I skipped the fast frames and plan to get magnetic {hoops} soon, but in the meantime, does anyone have any tricks for when doing little people’s shirts to keep the tail out of the way?” By tail she means the back bottom of the shirt.

Low and behold, I did 4 sz 2T shirts yesterday. As you can see below, I used my 5×7 hoop and everything looks normal. By the way…. I also get asked a lot about design size vs shirt size. For all of the 2T shirts I did (and I did not take a single picture of them), I used the 5×7 size design, BUT…. when I put the design on my machine, I shrunk the design down as much as my machine would allow. It seemed to be the perfect size after that. I did the Dog Truck, Tractor Patch, Frame Patch 2 and Basketball Patch – sorry no pictures. They were cute I promise! Most machines, if not all, have a re-size feature and will enlarge or shrink your design/monogram up or down 10-20%. You can also chose 4×4 and enlarge it as much as possible!

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What she was asking is: how do you keep the bottom of the shirt {as seen below} from possibly getting caught up on top of the machine arm. As you can see there’s not a lot of room and it could get tangled up and your shirt could get sewn together. In the pic below, you can’t see the arm of the machine!

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Before this post and discussion on Facebook, I’ve always held my hand there and kept the bottom/back of the shirt held down so there is no chance of it getting caught. Not a bad thing, but, M. Jackson threw out a suggestion for us and we were all pretty much blown away at the geniusness of her trick!

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Her suggestion was to place a CD case, or a small thin children’s book, below the arm of the machine between the arm and the shirt. This keeps enough space between the shirt and the arm that no accidents are likely to happen! I used the sleeve of one of my Monogram Wizard Plus cd’s, but anything small, thin, lightweight and about that size will do. I DID kind of keep an eye on things to make sure the CD case didn’t shift or cause my machine to mess up or get caught on anything. However, it seemed to stay in place AND even when I took the shirt off the machine to trim applique fabric, it stayed in place. It really worked well for me AND I was hands-free to cut fabric and do other things.

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Thank you thank you thank you M. Jennings for the question and M. Jackson for this suggestion!! I love a good trick! 😉 If you have a great trick to share, please email me at rosemarygulledge@appliquecafe.com. I’m always looking for blog material!

These new designs will be listed soon at Applique Cafe, along with a SALE – you heard it here!

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Craftsy Class Event

One more post!! Craftsy is having a class event this weekend with 50% off their top classes! The sale ends Sunday (7/10) at midnight! You can click HERE to check out the classes on sale. As always, once you buy a class, it’s YoUrS!! You can watch it as many times as you want. You can take notes and learn from the pros! You can learn how to paint, make jewelry, take great pictures, decorate cookies, learn how to knit or quilt or make socks, and the list goes on and on! A couple of my favorites are Product Photography at Home and 20 Things Every Machine Embroider Should Know, as well as How to Start a Machine Embroidery Business! Look through all of the classes available and see if anything catches your eye! 😉

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