Welcome to Uh Oh Embroidery! Where “Oh Shit” is simply the beginning of the adventure with your embroidery machine. Anyone who has ever used an embroidery machine will tell you that while the machine might do all the work, the human has to be ready to step in to save the day when thread snares, hoop catastrophes, and mechanical nightmares abound.
If you are in search of the right way to do something the first time, you are in the wrong place. I will endeavor to list links to those who are more knowledgeable and experienced in the ways of how to do it the right way so you don’t end up in this mess again, but this blog will be dedicated to how to salvage your precious artwork after the unthinkable has already happened.
My trusty steed on this adventure is my Singer XL-420. For many of you my fixes will not work as well for your machines and I will try to use general methods so that as many readers as possible can make use of my tips and techniques.
Some background about me, I am an Electrical Engineer by training and I have been sewing for the past 19 years. That might sound impressive but when you start at 10 years old learning how to sew hankies by the time you are 29 years old you barely feel like you can manage a pair of pants….
My passion in sewing lies in the embroidery and upholstering areas. I enjoy embroidering on pre-made clothing and creating one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture. If you ever see a picture of me wearing a beautiful hand made dress or suit it is because my mother gets some perverse pleasure in making me beautiful clothing.
Thank you for joining me on my journey and please understand that I learn by experience. If I’m writing about something, it is because the words “Oh Shit” came out of my mouth and I had to find a way to save the day. Sometimes that means pulling the fabric and starting over, sometimes that means Frankenstein patterns where you add details to cover up the mistakes. No matter what the show must go on.
Great topic for a blog! I did a lot of machine embroidery with the hoop upside down. Look forward to reading more!
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What machine were you using? I’ve hopped upside down more than once, but my embroidery arm only accepts the hoop in one direction so I just had to rehoop and the product looked better for the realignment anyway.