Embroidery Machine Basics

Hello There!

I bought my Pfaff Creative Vision 5.5 in 2010. It was my first embroidery machine, and I loved it since then. There is nothing that I cannot stitch with that machine.

If you plan to buy your first embroidery machine, make sure that certain features such as speed control, large touch screen, IDT system and more are included, and that a variety of hoops sizes are offered. They will definitely provide with better stitch out results. There are several brands out there and they are all good machines. My advise is to choose a brand that is local in your area. A good customer service and a 101 assistance are fundamental to any new embroidery machine owners.

EDB Blog 1Each embroidery machine reads a different embroidery format. Check your manual to find out which one is preferable to use with your machine. My embroidery machine reads VP3, but I can also use VIP, HUS, PES and few others.

Keep your machine clean, updated, and serviced at all time. Here are few tricks to keep in mind for a better performance.

Use a can of Duster Air to keep your bobbin area free of lints.

When changing the threads, make sure to clip the thread from the top and pull the left over thread from the bottom. This will prevent any shreds to mess up your tension.

EDB Blog 2 EDB Blog 3Keep you bobbin area nice and clean and make sure your bobbin is full before starting any embroidery projects. It is not fun to remove your hoop in the middle of a project to change the bobbin. 🙂

When you insert your bobbin make sure that the direction is right and that it goes tightly through the tension tabs.

EDB Blog 4When buying your thread, do not forget to get bobbin threads as well. Not too many people use bobbin threads but I surely prefer it. It is lighter and combines with your embroidery thread smoothly. The bobbin thread is 60wt. and polyester as well. Use Polyester embroidery threads – 40wt. is preferable. The polyester embroidery threads last longer and have a variety of colors and bright tones.

I use many brands for my embroidery, but I prefer Madeira, Floriani, Robison-Anton, ThreadArt, and now Metro.

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What type of embroidery machine do you have and what thread do you prefer?





Welcome to my Blog!

Hello and Welcome to my Blog!

First of all, thank you so much for stopping by. 🙂

My name is Iolanda and I am the owner and digitizer of Everyday Designs Boutique.

I started my online boutique in September 2011. All started off as a hobby and has turned into a passion. I started to quilt a little over ten years ago, and I loved it since then.

In 2010, I bought my first embroidery machine and I got introduced to the embroidery and applique’ world. Wow, I surely loved it and quickly I combined my quilting with the embroidery. I fell in love with the applique’ and its techniques. I made a couple of quilts such as “Tiny Town” and “Blessings of Summer.”  I really enjoyed them.

That same year, I also purchased my first digitizing software and I learned to design and digitize my own artwork. What a satisfaction is to be able to draw an image and convert it into stitches. I have been digitizing since then. Later, I purchased two more digitizing software and a commercial embroidery machine.

My love for sewing, quilting, embroidering, and appliqueing has been growing through the years. I now teach digitizing and embroidery at my local quilt stores, and I run my business from home. My studio is located in the basement of my house, and it is my own place away from my everyday chores.

The main focus of this blog is to share my love for creativity with you all and to show you useful tools and techniques to make digitizing and embroidery easy.

Many topics such as stabilizers, hoops, threads, needles, placement, and much more will be covered soon along with digitizing classes.

Stay Tuned. More has to come …