|the threads look great on the rack, much tidier|
Today I had another attempt with my embroidery machine. I didn't make much progress, but any progress is acceptable. I am now convinced that I need to start with a more co-operative material, t-shirt material has too much give in it. Hopefully when I master the machine I can revisit the t-shirt.
I did use the iron on stabilizer and it adhered nicely to the t-shirt, however manipulating the hoop onto the shirt was not easy, getting it stretched tight was even more of a challenge and the putting it on the machine without all the excess t-shirt getting tangled up, or folder under the hoop deserved a medal, but I did it.
Then I cut the section of t-shirt so that I no longer had to try to manipulate the entire wad of the garment and to give me a fighting chance to get it on the hoop correctly. When I pressed start this time it looked like it was doing a neat outline of the first side of the cactus, then it did some weird movement inside the cactus outline, but was still moving smoothly, so I waiting. Suddenly it appeared to get furious and started hammering up and down in the same spot. I pressed the stop button again and the result was another hole in the fabric, with a tight ball of t-shirt and thread knotted together, there was no matting of thread this time however, so that was a good sign.
|if you look very closely. on the left you can just about see the outline|
of the left arm of the cactus. On the right of the picture you can see the
wad of thread I had to remove from the bobbin after the first attempt.