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Old July 26th, 2011, 04:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all. I wonder what the bare minimum is in an embroidery machine? I am NOT interested in embroidery. But, I do like to put my fancy initials on the back pockets of jeans I make. Currently I am laboriously doing this by machine using the stretch stitch. It is impossible to get each pocket exactly the same but I get close. It is funny how many folks I know stare at my backside until they figure out why pockets look familiar to them.

Yes, I know, for only that small use I should probably simply pay a friend with an embroidery machine to do this for me.... BUT.... my machine is a Husqvarna 400, quite old, in failing health and I think due for replacement. If I could digitize my intitials and set the machine to do them in a nicer stitch than I'm using and have each come out exactly the same, well that might make an embroidery machine worth considering. And you know what will happen, build it and they will come, I'll fall in love with embroidery.

Any ideas? Suggestions?
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Old July 26th, 2011, 04:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What is the monthly out put of your product, how many pair of jeans would you need to do in a month? Both pockets or only one? Stretch material or denim? These would be items to know for your purchase.
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This is home sewing for myself, not a commercial venture. I might make two pairs of jeans a year in denim or twill or a light stretch, both pockets. Too silly to contemplate?
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No need for a machine, hit up a Joann Fabrics store. Get a hoop that will fit the pocket, some hand embroidery needles and some embroidery floss in the color you would like. Also get a book on letter designs and put them on by hand. You will get great satisfaction from the results and save many $$$$$$. I am not trying to be mean spirited just practical and I also hand embroider for relaxing. Also pre 1840 clothing hand stitched.
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wow Flint54! That is awesome advice... And when you go to the fancy stores now you are seeing more and more embroidery that has a "hand done" look.. so it has come back around to be fashionable. Therapeutic as well. ( I have been a needleworker for years myself and specialize in metallics)
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Hopefully I did not upset the poster but with only doing 2 pair of jeans a year purchasing a machine just for those items would be a great waste of $$$ IMO. Hand Embroidery on the other hand is very therapeutic and relaxing plus it gives a very delicate look that cannot be duplicated by machine.
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