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Embroidery Tips, Tricks, and Hacks

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Here’s some stuff that would’ve been great to know before I ventured into embroidery. In this tutorial, I cover some basics, reuse of materials, common show stopper problems, and some not so common problems with the upper thread sensor and how to mitigate it. I’m hoping a lot of people find this video helpful! If you do, feel free to share the video link or click ads if you feel like it’s worth it. ^_^ Anything is much appreciated. :thanks:

Starting at 10:17 you’ll see a quick run-through of an eye at 16x normal speed until 12:29.

And yes, I know this isn’t about stuffing. I’ll get there! :eager:

Feedback is welcomed! :D Though I probably won't be changing this tutorial, I can certainly use feedback to make the new ones better. :)

Other Tutorials:
Pony Sewing Tutorial 5: Hand Sewing by adamlhumphreys Pony Plush Tutorials and Pattern by adamlhumphreys

More Tutorials Here

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Breezeyheart's avatar
Thank you so much for uploading this! It will be very helpful and useful for me, when I start using a bunch of these free pony patterns, that I've been collecting. I plan on trying to make true to show cannon plush ponies as well as custom plush of MLP OCs. GIF My Little Pony - Jump 

I'm gonna start by trying out a bunch of these free pony plush patterns on here on DA and see what works the best for me. Even if I have to alter a pattern, I'm determined to do this! As I need to have a part time job of some sort, but I'm afraid to be away from my precious cat for too long. pink heart He's a snowshoe siamese and he always gets lonely if I leave for long periods of time without telling him.. That and I love sewing and MLP:FiM. Rarity encantada 

I hope that I can be as good as you! Because your plush ponies are simply amazing! pink heart I hope you don't mind if I watch you and get more inspiration!  Rarity (blink eye) plz
adamlhumphreys's avatar
Glad to hear! :D
I also have a paid pattern as well. It's not quite as accurate as my latest, but it's been the most used and tested. :) And I hear you about not wanting to leave you cat for too long. :nod:
That would be awesome! :iconapplejackhappyplz: And I thank you very much for your encouragement. :iconapplejackblushplz:
waterseasun3's avatar
What sewing machine is this a brother.
adamlhumphreys's avatar
Yup, it's a Brother SE400 and PE770.
Also, thank you for all the faves and comments! :iconapplejackishappyplz:
Chibi-pets's avatar
XD why your machine don't have the protection! 
adamlhumphreys's avatar
It wasn't protecting me, it was protecting the machine. :iconrarityknowsplz: :XD:
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adamlhumphreys's avatar
Needed adjustment. ^^
Chibi-pets's avatar
Lol ... Silly of me. Thanks I just watch the videos
adamlhumphreys's avatar
I hope they were helpful! :)
Chibi-pets's avatar
yes I learn a couple of things.. the only thing I was going to tell you is how you place your pins.. 
I know everyone have they own way.. but that was the old way I place them.. now I place my pins this way… makes the work much more easy and fast ^^ 

and I line the back and front lines with the same pins! 
adamlhumphreys's avatar
I can assure you, unless I'm missing something behind the method, using more pins would definitely take me longer. ^^; Not to mention you'd have to take the pins out before going under the foot/needle.

:-? You mean you align the seams with the same pins? I just figured that was what pinning was about regardless of the method, but I may not be understanding your message correctly. ^^'
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DoubleBackstitchArts's avatar
Wanted to letcha know that this was awesomely helpful! Just now I found I was out of tear away stabilizer and was all unhappy because I didn't want to go have to buy more, and then I was like "I have plastic wrap!" and all was good :3 I've got a PE-770 too, she's seen just over 950k stitches so far. I'll have to take a pic when she hits her first million XD
adamlhumphreys's avatar
Well, I use the tear away in conjunction with the plastic wrap. The plastic wrap just prevents the minky fur from impeding the embroidered detail.
Awesome! I hope it keeps on kicking. :nod:
DoubleBackstitchArts's avatar
Yeah had my last (somewhat used) sheet of tearaway on the underside, I was just glad I had something to use topside rather than nothing XD
adamlhumphreys's avatar
:iconyusplz:! I hear you there. :nod:
Shevmo's avatar
Thanks again for the video. :) Always glad to take a peek at the tips from someone who's got years of experience on me. Most of my embroidery is probably going to be pretty fine, though, so I doubt I'll be okay to go with the plastic wrap myself. Still good to know for when/if I have any larger projects for my HE-240! Jealous of your PE-770. Harder for me to get those machines here in Canada. The cost to ship them and then custom charges ... It's just awful. My lil' machine should serve well for a while, though!
adamlhumphreys's avatar
I definitely understand that. :nod: And I also know how much of a bummer it is to try to get those machines in other countries for the same price. A lot of times it's because they bundle the software with them, but I can definitely see how shipping and customs would hinder incentive. :(
Shevmo's avatar
When I was initially looking into getting the 770, I was comparing the price in Canada to the price in the US. It was a $300 difference before shipping and customs. =( It actually would have cost less for me to have a road trip to visit a friend in the states and to bring the machine back. Which in and of itself isn't a bad thing, certainly! I just got lucky finding the machine I have in a shop here. Didn't need to worry about shipping and the shop is an outlet to repair Brother machines so that's a bonus~

How do you find the 770? I know I'm a ways away from getting my next machine. I was thinking that I might even get ambitious to skip the 770 and head straight into the four figure cost machines that do multiple colours at once. By the time I'm looking to get a new machine I might not be quite ready for that much detail, but at the same time I'm a big believer in growing into the machines you buy. Makes you want to get better so you can really push it to the limit! :D
adamlhumphreys's avatar
Exactly. >_< That's good to hear. :)

I just found it on amazon. For just under 5 digits you can get a 10 needle machine, though IIRC I've seen a single needle machine that threads itself. But for about 7 digits you could get one of these babies! :iconraritysmile2plz:
Shevmo's avatar
Going to be a while before I'm going to need a ten needle machine in all honesty. I imagine the one I'd end up going for would be a six needle machine. Most patterns I'm like to be doing would only take six different colours anyway! Oh man though, that industrial one looks so good. Watching it go makes me go entirely star eyed. It isn't something I'd ever be personally doing but goodness it is fun to watch move! >w<

Once again, thanks for the great video~ Looking forward to seeing more from you soon! :)
adamlhumphreys's avatar
I agree with you there. I believe that's all I'd need, and it's not like changing something one time would kill me. :XD:
IKR!? :iconrarityknowsplz:

Heh, probably stained glass installation. ^^' I figured I'd at least make a tutorial about it even if it is unrelated. I just need to process the videos, which will be easier than my other tutorials at least.
BubbleButtPlush's avatar
aww! you have my dinky old embroidery machine :P
adamlhumphreys's avatar
No, I don't believe I ever got that. :O Did you send it to the right address? :eager:
There's a PE-770 on the next table. On rare occasion, they're both running at once. :meow:
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