Machine Embroidery Gizmos and Gadgets

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Today’s subject:  Gizmos and Gadgets

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If you were to pick up a current copy of Designs in Machine Embroidery or Creative Machine Embroidery you would see ads for all sorts of products available for machine embroiderers.

The trick is knowing what you really need. Here are just a few you may run into.

1. PAL Perfect Alignment Laser 

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This is the latest item to help you align the cross hairs when hooping fabric. Basically, it helps you center your design in the hoop.

I own this and think it works pretty well. The base is very lightweight and needs something to hold it in place. Otherwise, great product.

2. Snap Hoop 

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I do not own this product because it is a bit pricy. Snap Hoops are made separately to fit different machine manufacturers which accounts for the price. It is a great tool for anyone who wants to do borders or multi-hooping projects. It also extends the embroidery field.

I’ve always had a concern with the magnet feature, since magnets and computers don’t get along so well.

Other embroiderers swear by it. I would ask a dealer to demonstrate this before purchasing.

3. Embroidery Placement Rulers  

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Before we had PAL (#1 above) there were all sorts of placement gizmos like these placement rulers.

They are designed so that you have perfect placement of a design on shirts or towels. They come in different sizes and sets. They seem to be very accurate.

I have never owned any of them because I don’t care about perfection. I use a ruler and my PAL.What happens when you make a mistake with machine embroidery? Do you toss it out or pick out all of those tiny stitches?

This tool is reasonably priced and will definitely do the job. But, it requires a.very.steady.hand.

4. Peggy’s Stitch Eraser  

Someone named Peggy must’ve made a few machine embroidery mistakes (and maybe didn’t have a very steady hand).

 Machine Embroidery: If you are thinking about getting a sewing machine that includes Machine Embroidery then you will want to read All About Machine Embroidery. I have 31 posts that cover every possible thing you could want to know.

This gadget may look like a hair clipper, but it actually has special blades that can get under stitches and cut them while preserving the fabric.

If you plan to embroider custom items on other peoples towels, bags, etc., then this might be worth it.

I own it (and have used it a lot) because I should never be trusted with sharp tools like #4 above.

There are lots of other gizmos and gadgets out there for machine embroidery.

Many are excellent products, but not all are necessary. I recommend taking time to understand the process of machine embroidery before purchasing things you may or may not ever use.

Tomorrow’s topic:  Embroidery Designs:  What and Where

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6 Comments

  1. That over the door stabilizer holder is a riot!! I don’t know why it’s making me laugh but it is. Maybe it’s time for me to get some sleep!!

      1. No, stretch and seal is an entirely different product called Stretch & Seal – it’s a self-sealing silicone tape.

  2. A comment on the stitch remover. I found a disposable razor works just as well on the back of a design than the expensive Peggy’s stitch remover. Also, you go over needles for machine embroidery. Do you suggest size 75/11 for most embroidering and when would you use 90/14 needles? and what about sharp point, ball point? Any suggestion there. I have been machine embroidering on quilts for 9 years with a BabyLock Elisimo. Very pricey in the beginning but it’s paid for itself. I just wish I had had your helpful hints back then.

    1. I normally use a titanium 75/11 embroidery needle. It’s very sharp with with large eye. It helps with broken threads, but isn’t perfect.

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