There's a new addition to the family this year, the Janome 350E Embroidery machine. I have wanted one of these for a long time and was waiting for a used one to come in to my local dealer. However, due to my impatience and love of new-in-the-box, ta-da!
There is a lot to learn with an embroidery machine and I am a complete novice. I'm still trying to get my head wrapped around my quilting frame so there is not much time to learn even more!
I have done some test embroidery on an old napkin using a couple of the 100 built-in designs included with the machine. It stitches beautifully and worked right out of the box. I don't have any embroidery thread yet so I just tried it with some rayon I had in my stash. There was already a filled bobbin in the machine. I had to play with the tension a little and figure out where the design was going to stitch out, but it is a very user-friendly machine and I'm sure it has very powerful capabilities!
I've joined a couple of embroidery forums and, just like the quilting community, everyone has been so welcoming and forthcoming with tips, answers to my questions (and there are a LOT), suggestions, and inspiration! I can't wait to learn everything I can do!!!
I'm trying to not get over-whelmed and remind myself that I have my whole life to figure this all out. There is so much I want to do and create and I'm hoping that I will have more time to play and learn after next summer. Regardless, I'm very excited to add machine embroidery to my repetoire and until I get the hang of the complicated stuff I'll have fun monogramming everything in sight!
Here's my new girl in the workshop - she just fits on the last bit of counter space where my pressing board used to be (pressing has been moved to another room!) There are 2 examples of my test pieces including when I switched to metallic thread just to see what would happen. The 100 built-in designs are mostly florals but there are some nice quilt label borders and cute icons.