You’ve just purchased your NV950!

If you’ve just purchased your Brother NV950 Sewing and Embroidery Machine and haven’t yet taken it out of the box here is a video that will help you get started.

This video is part of the Echidna NV950 Sewing and Embroidery machine playlist. If you click on the top left corner navigation on the video player you can browse through the list of videos. Otherwise you can also view the youtube playlist.

Craftsy Sweetheart Bag

Description: This bag is ideal for beginner to intermediate sewers and is a perfect introduction to creating a small clutch handbag. It includes sewing techniques such as lining, interfacing, adding a magnetic snap, applique or embroidery, creating straps, basting and more.
Pattern: Craftsy Sweetheart Bag
Pattern Cost: Pattern is free when you sign up to Craftsy.
Skill Level: Beginner

To create the Sweetheart bag with the free downloadable Lovely Lillie’s embroidery design please visit the Echidna Website.

PE Design Plus

Can I turn a photo into an embroidery?

This is the single most popular question we have been asked since embroidery software first became available for the home market back in the mid 1990’s. The answer has always been, well, yes but not really that successfully. That is of course until Brother created their industry leading PE Design Photo Stitch software.

Now with the PE Design Plus version of this award winning software, high quality Photo Stitch results are within every ones reach and it is so much easier than you could imagine and better still, much more affordable than ever before.


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Thread Tensions and Common Issues

by Gary Walker

Just the mention of thread tension strikes fear into many home embroiderers and it shouldn’t. Tension is a very simple thing to understand, as long as you know where to start.

The most common tension issue is when the bobbin thread peeks through to the top of the fabric resulting in little white thread spots in an otherwise good-looking design. In simple terms, this result is due to an imbalance between the top and bottom thread tension. Either the bobbin tension is too loose or the needle tension is too tight. This problem can sometimes be due to the variability of thread and it’s not necessarily a quality issue. Different types of thread can give very different tensions but the first starting point for setting any machine tension is to make sure that the bobbin tension is within an acceptable range.

Unlike the needle tension, there is no dial or electronic measurement to work with, just a tiny adjusting screw  on the bobbin case or bobbin holder.

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What Type of Needle Should I Use?

by Gary Walker

Machine-Needle-DiagramWe can’t stress enough how important it is to choose the correct type and size machine needle to achieve optimum stitching results.

Most sewers are aware that needles vary in size to accommodate different fabric and thread weights. Universal needles, the most common, vary in size from find 60/8 to thicker 20/120 and larger. A find needle is required for delicate fabrics ie, Batiste and Voile and is used with fine thread such as 80 weight.

  • Thread weight runs in the opposite direction to needle size ie, the larger the number the finer the thread).

At the other end of the scale, where several layers of heavy duty canvas are being seamed, a thicker thread will be used and a much larger needle will be required. For general purposes a size 80/12 needle is most commonly chosen.

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Thread Choice for Regular Sewers

by Gary Walker

One of the most common questions I am asked is … “What is the best sewing thread to use for regular sewing?” For me the answer is quite simple – “Rasant!”

Rasant is what we call a poly/cotton core-spun thread. In plain English this means it is a polyester core thread that is wrapped in cotton. It provides the strength and durability of polyester with the feel and sew-ability of cotton.

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