Today we were playing with her Brother PE770. It is a small machine but is making beautiful stitches. It has six alphabets and 100 plus built in designs.
We had to learn how the machine worked and that took a lot of time. Then we played with some of the built in designs.
We learned a lot on this sampler. Note: we grabbed a piece of fabric out of her stash that she knew she would never use, hence the hideous stripes.
The first design we did was the cherry's. The one on the left was done with a heaver cotton thread. did not make a pretty stitch and had a lot of thread loops on the back. The cherry's on the right is in Polyester thread and we did thread color changes.We also learned how to re-position in the hoop.
The pansy's were the next design. There were 5 or 6 color changes. Great practice.
Next we did lettering in the machine.The machine came um-threaded on the first attempt at then name and missed the cross bad in the A. So she started over. We later learned how to go back one color.
The heart was an internal design and the 'A' was just trying a different font.
Then we practiced applique in the hoop with only one fabric. The snowmen are on an Amazing Designs design card. Since we were still playing and practicing, the towels we used were out of the old discards that were destined for auto rags, scrubbing or rug making.
Needless to say these got a second life as hand towels.
Then she wanted something more advanced to do. We selected an in the hoop mug rug from Kimberbell design. This had several pieces of fabric to applique and other good lessons: placement lines, cutting lines and adding a backing on top.
We were having so much fun we did not want to stop. We are looking at free standing lace and working with the grandsons before the week is out!