What the hell!?

Okay so this was my second attempt at this custom logo for a customer. This happened in two places last time. I went in and fixed the design as best I could but there was still an odd line I couldn’t get rid of. That line turned into that gap when I stitch it out. I was so frustrated because I knew it had to do with my digitizing.  I read thought the book I got “Digitizing made easy”. There was a section on stitch length that really help. Plus I went in and changed my start/stop positions and that eliminated the weird line (gap) problem. I didn’t bother finishing the design once I saw the gap. Why waste thread and time.

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I’ve been having such a hard time getting this embroidery machine to work for me it was time to enlist some help. Since my Bernina dealer keeps cancelling my software classes I had to opt for self teaching.

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After reading both books from cover to cover I’ve gained new knowledge and was able to fix several issues that I was having when stitching out some of my designs. The first book Machine Embroider with Confidence should have been given to me with my embroidery machine! It was just a rehash of all the stuff I had spend the last 8 months researching and finding out on my own.  The second book, Digitizing made easy, was not as comprehensive as I wanted but it was more than helpful with the digitizing process. Again another book I wish I had had months ago when I got my software.  Either way I highly recommend these books for first time machine embroiders!

Books!

So I went to Bookmans today to support a friend at an event and while there I started wandering around. I love book stores so I knew I was going to walk away with something. I looked everywhere for the craft section and it just didn’t seem to exist but I knew it was around there somewhere. I ended up checking out the “new age” section. As a former Wiccan I like to see what new Wicca books are out there, even though I already have several books on the subject. One can never have too many books on any subject, I feel. After that I went into the next section and wouldn’t you know there was the craft section. I thought I would never find it. I was only going to get one book, but you know how that goes. I ended up with three. I found this amazing book on textile techniques. It shows you how to do things like tie-die, felting, weaving, and openwork. Honestly the openwork is what sold me on this book. I decided to get the t-shirt book because I’m trying to change up my wardrobe cause it seems all I own is big t-shirts. Maybe I can girlify my clothes a little and have some cuter stuff to wear, now that I have an awesome hair style. I wasn’t going to buy anything but I found the book on Tailoring and just knew it was a must have, since I’m trying to start making clothes. I was to make sure they fit good and look right so tailoring is exactly how to do that.

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What are your favorite sewing books? Why would you recommend them?