My new embroidery machine arrived today!!! I am SO excited.
It’s a Brother SE400 Embroidery and Sewing Machine. Originally I got the PE500, but the 500 does only embroidery, not regular sewing, and keeping that one would mean I would have to manage 3 sewing machines – one for sewing, one for embroidery, and my beloved Babylock serger.
I’m quite excited about it so far.
It comes with a whole bunch of preset embroidery designs, and you pretty much just get it threaded and then push “go”, and change the thread when it’s ready for the next color. It’s really super easy. It also has 4 fonts so I can get it to spell stuff out. Now I can stitch my name into my underwear!
I am fighting the urge to secretly embroider sparkly purple My Little Ponies on the butt of all Darrell’s pants.
It’s got a touch screen control panel, filled with icons which are slightly mystifying, but which claim to allow you to edit the size and rotation of the embroidery designs. It also has a USB port so I can theoretically load in my own designs, although that promises to be a bit of a nightmare – the software is not mac compatible, and it takes a special .pes file format, and I haven’t got the first clue about how to convert, say, my logo into an embroiderable design.
My first test was (of course) on fleece and it seems to like the fleece just fine. I’m excited to see how this new machine enhances my hoodie designs. Yay, Embroidery!