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Embroidery Machines / Re: Sewing + Embroidery machine
« on: December 15, 2017, 15:23:19 PM »
Imi,  long time no see indeed :)
Yes, you can turn the pivot function off as well as the automatic presser foot lift. I'm not sure what you mean by the "Clunk", as mine lowers very smoothly, both from the button or the presser foot. In any case, you can turn that off and use the lever if you want to.
The increments for the needle are 0.1mm :) 4.5 mm is the middle position, and you can adjust 4.5 mm to the left and 4.5mm to the right (from 0 to 9 mm).

Embroidery Machines / Re: Sewing + Embroidery machine
« on: December 14, 2017, 15:45:47 PM »
Not sure about the 7, but the 9 has a pivot function, as in it lifts up the presser foot when you stop sewing (needle up or down, however you choose). Not all the way, just a little bit so that you can pivot your work. It's AWESOME and I use it all the time. Never use the knee lift as I can't really reach it properly with how my machine is set up.

Today... / Re: Saturday 9th December
« on: December 09, 2017, 08:08:06 AM »
Mornin everyone! :)
Long time no see!
How are you all doing? I've missed this place, hope you'll have me back :)
In the last few months I've been lurking on embroidery groups and learning everything I can on the subject. I even learned to digitize. I'm still a beginner, but I've done a few projects and they turned out quite well, which gives me a lot of courage to continue.
I've also been thinking of pursuing this as a business, so this Christmas I'm getting my first multi-needle machine (a Happy) - oh I'm so Happy!

The Cafe / Re: How Cruel is Fate -2
« on: December 09, 2017, 08:01:52 AM »
I'm so sorry for your loss :(

The Cafe / Re: No Photo ID
« on: November 19, 2017, 07:50:13 AM »
I had no idea there were countries where photo id wasn't mandatory. Here they put your photo on everything: driver's licence, national id card, passport...I'm surprised it's not on my health card as well.
If I may ask: why are people reluctant to have a national id card? I find it quite useful (especially since the crime rate is quite high here and there are quite a number of people claiming to be someone else).

Imi, first thing - make sure you match at the stitch line and not the seam allowance. Then, if one is bigger than the other you do what Vege said. I honestly don't understand how you can do amazing quilts and say you can't sew. It's really just a matter of practice :)
How about you post the parts you're having trouble with and we try to help you?
By the way, why do people use sewing machine covers? Asking because I've always loved to display mine, they're a conversation piece.

The Cafe / Re: Two very special TSP birthdays today!
« on: October 12, 2017, 08:54:50 AM »
Happy Birthday Imi!!  :cake: I do hope you enjoy your gift and can't wait to hear all about it! :)
Happy birthday Zigzag!

The Cafe / Re: Induction hobs
« on: October 11, 2017, 12:37:54 PM »
Mine only beeps if I set something over the controls. Otherwise I always put pots/pans on it. Even cookie sheets sometimes :D

Adding Zing & Bling / Re: Look what I did!
« on: October 10, 2017, 18:29:04 PM »
Imi, it's about 15 x 15 cm. I've used no show cut away mesh stabilizer, got it from

IMI!!!! How can you resist? I'd be dying. But then again...I've had my machine for two months and only embroidered one design  :[
I hope you'll be happy with it :)
The stabilizer sounds like Vilene Filmoplast (which it probably is) -
Morgan, quick question about thread: I have poly thread and my machine has auto tensioning, and it seems to tension properly. In this it worth investing in Rayon thread as well? What would the difference be?

Embroidery Machines / Re: Embroidery Software
« on: October 10, 2017, 09:56:15 AM »
Just wanted to post an update on what I decided :)
After testing Brother PeDesign, Embird and Embrilliance, I settled for Embrilliance.
It has a friendly use interface (Embrid seemd very outdated to me and not all that intuitive) and does everything I need it to do. Plus there are a LOT of tutorials out there.

The Cafe / Re: Induction hobs
« on: October 10, 2017, 09:29:44 AM »
I do remember reading about this as well but don't have anyone with a pacemaker. I guess it's a safety first situation.

The Cafe / Re: Induction hobs
« on: October 10, 2017, 00:12:52 AM »
I have induction and LOVE it! Yes, you might need to change a few pans, but I found most of mine compatible.
It's a lot faster than gas (I can brint 1 l of water to boil in about 1 and a half minutes), more eficient, doesn't heat up the kitchen and it's so much safer.
There is a slight learning curve until you get used to which level of power works for what, but after that it's easier than pie :) Temperature control is very precise and instant.
Oh, and cleanup is a breeze!
Never had an electric cooktop so don't know how it compares to it.
One thing I have learned: invest in a quality hob. The cheaper ones act weird sometimes and temperature control can be a pain. Mine's a Miele.
Oh, and you really do need at least one "bridge" zone. I use  it a lot and find it useful for oversized or oddly shaped pans (casseroles for example).
I also have a dog and three cats, they don't seem bothered by the noise (sometimes there's a slight audible buzz while the pan heats up) - I'm not bothered either.

Adding Zing & Bling / Re: Look what I did!
« on: October 09, 2017, 18:42:13 PM »
Want and need are two veeeeery different things :)
I really didn't NEED an embroidery machine. But oh boy, did I want one...

Adding Zing & Bling / Re: Look what I did!
« on: October 09, 2017, 15:44:23 PM »
Supergran, I wish!  :D I barely know to resize and rotate a design. It's from Urban Threads:

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