It’s the humpty hump day! I meant Wednesday, you sickos!!
I’m sure you’re all dying to know what I’m cookin with over here? What’s under my hood? Or, in plain ol’ terms, what kind of sewing machine I’ve got? Well, I upgraded a few months ago to the Brother SE4oo, which is a combo sewing and embroidery machine.
For any of you that have ventured into the world of embroidery, you know those machines are not cheap. In fact, Damn, Gina! They are ex-pen-sive!! I’m talking 2k at the lower end. Did your jaw just drop?!?
That’s why I ended up with this machine. It does embroidery on a 4×4 hoop (that’s pretty small) but, it does a pretty good job for a machine that’s in the 300 range. (Love that movie, btw – We are Sparta!!)
As a father’s day gift for my uncle that literally has everything, I decided I would embroider some stuff. I figured dish towels are always a necessity. Snagged these at TJ Maxx for under 10.
I knew I wanted to do an M monogram, so I marked off the middle with pencil.
Are you freaking out because I used pencil?! I only did that because I knew I was going to wash the towels after to remove the stabilizer. Which brings me to a super duper key part – the stabilizer. It’s a must. But who wants some cardboard chunk on the back of their towel? No one, that’s who. So get this stuff… it dissolves in water and is very fancy.
I actually bought this on Overstock.com when I had a coupon and needed to spend a few more bucks to redeem it – so free for me!
Then I carefully sandwiched the fabric in the hoop and made sure the needle lined up with my markings so everything was straight. (Sounds easy, but take your time on this.) I used some basic settings… two frames and a letter. Cute, I think.
So, is my machine top-o-the-line. No, not really. But she does get the job done and since I’ve only embroidered a few things, I’m happy I didn’t shell out the 2k… although, one day, I just might. Buaaahhhhaaahhhaaa!
PS Look at me Mom, no pencil marks =)