I’ve had the Topaz 50 now for about five years. I don’t recall being excited about the embroidery component back then, but do remember giving it a quick test run to be certain that it worked “properly” – whatever I thought that meant at the time.
Having wised up since then, I’ve made a giant leap into the exploration of embroidery and I LOVE IT! I’ve definitely been missing out. It’s feels like I’ve made the Husqvarna Viking machine purchase all over again.
I started with this hammer design. It’s a built in design for which I changed the color scheme – just ONE of the MANY variations that can be used to make an embroidery design “your own” .
Some things I learned right away…the hard way. Thread tension is muy importante. If the tension if off, it not only creates a problem with the embroidery design but with certain aspects of the machine and often times thread breakage is inevitable.
Stabilizer is another important factor. The embroidery design, fabric and thread selections are all necessary considerations when selecting a stabilizer. While there are many varieties of stabilizers to choose from I think any experience with interfacings would give one a leg up on this one.
Thread selection is another important aspect of embroidery, especially when there is depth to a design, which is usually created with thread. Between the thread brands that I’ve recently purchased and those inherited from Virginia’s stash, I find that Coats & Clark is my favorite thus far.
Finally (for this time at least) the fabric must be hooped correctly. Incorrect hooping will severely alter an embroidery design and cause unsightly puckering…just a couple disadvantages of hooping fabric/stabilizer incorrectly.
Before I knew it, I had a collection of “design trials” all of which appear on the tee below. That too was a fun process. Some designs were embroidered directly onto the tee while others were cut out and applied. I’m certain these adventures will continue…
Until next time….which, hopefully will be sooner than last time…PEACE and BLESSINGS.