While I love the user friendliness and quietness of the Brother embroidery machines (Dream and Luminaire), the one feature that I enjoy the most is the automatic threading of the needle. I can quickly run the thread through the machine and at the end just press a button to have it automatically take the end of the embroidery thread into the needle. It saves me so much time! I can change the embroidery thread within 15 seconds!
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My favorite sewing tip or trick is usually the one I discovered most recently, and that’s also true for favorite notions. Maybe today I’ll choose scissors; I have a collection! It’s not all for show, though: at minimum you need to have a pair of small, sharp-to-the-tip scissors for clipping threads, a medium-sized pair for cutting appliqués, and a sharp, well-balanced pair of dressmaker’s shears for cutting around pattern pieces (my favorite pair is from Schmetz). My latest scissor acquisition is a pair of mini duck-billed appliqué scissors from Famore that are everything I want...and purple, too.
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My favorite tip is never be afraid to touch every button so you know what the button does. If you can’t figure it out, ASK! There are no dumb questions. Someone else needs the answer if you do, so if you ask, they will benefit as well.
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Currently, my new BFF Brother machine is my Dream 2 (Innovis XV 8550D). But I felt the same way about my Quattro 2 (Innovis 6700D0, and my Duetta (Innovis 4500D). I love each one for its flawless embroidery. Of all the awesome features on the Dream 2, the camera is my favorite. To be able to scan my hooped fabric and drag the designs with exact placement is just a miracle to me. On the sewing side, I love the heirloom stitches. Each of my Brother machines makes perfect entredeux (3-08) and sews an impeccable pinstitch (3-04). Adjusting the width and length down from the default setting gives me the exact heirloom look I want.
My blog, http://www.janicefergusonsews.com/blog/ is subtitled "Modern Projects for Old Fashioned Nanas." It's my effort to make classic children's garments while trying to meet some young mother's contemporary standards. Several free heirloom fil tire' designs are offered on my blog. Topics range from infant and children's wear, home dec, quilting, and even some introductory projects for children to sew. Stop by and see if something interests you.
Some of my favorite tips . . . I use a jeans needle for everything, including embroidery. It's my type of UNIVERSAL needle.
Press! A pressed project is a professional looking project. I used to skip this step and now I can't imagine why! Your finished projects will turn out better and you will have nice flat seams.
I currently am using the SE1900 and love it. It's a great all around sewing machine for garment sewing, quilting, and also includes embroidery with a large 5" x 7" hoop area. I would say it's my go to machine right now!
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My favorite machine of all time is my Brother serger... I love it so much I even wrote a class helping others to gain confidence using theirs. You can find the class at https://lifesewsavory.com/courses/. I sew a lot with knit fabrics. My serger makes sewing this type of fabric so easy to sew. PLUS, the seams hold up when my kids are hard on their clothes!
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For a few years I have hosted a weekly Facebook Live show, Behind the Scenes, where sewers and crafters from all over the world connect and share something we all have in common … sewing. The Facebook Live show has created a community for my fans (aka the Wolfpack) to share and inspire each other along our creative journey’s.
One of my favorite features, that is available on many of the Brother machines, is the longer feed-dog base with coordinating J-foot that came out a few years ago. The longer J-foot combined with longer feed dogs offers a better stitch quality and consistency sewing on any fabric, especially thick fabrics like denim. The best part is that this feature is found on many Brother machines, in various price ranges!
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