These little cuties and more were created on my PE-770:
I use a lot of embroidery supplies and I’ve tried many different brands. I thought I’d share a few of my favorites with you today. Hopefully, this saves you some time and money.
Machine Embroidery Basics
If you’re just getting started, buying a thread set is a must. This can be very cost prohibitive though. When I got started I took a chance and tried . The spools are not large but you get a good variety of colors and the quality is great! It’s a good set to get you going and you can build your stash from there. Unfortunately, it’s hard to purchase a one-off spool from this brand to replenish the colors you use most. You can buy extra large spools in basic colors though. I love the that come in various combo packs. When I’m buying a single spool or just a couple, I usually get them from All Stitch Embroidery Supply. They have great prices and customer service.
There are so many stabilizers for all the different projects you will do. However, a good mid-weight tear away and cut away will take you a long way. I love the pre-cut sheets as opposed to the rolls, simply for convenience. When I’m creating, get out of my way. I just want to create! I usually order my stabilizers from Amazon. I’ve used World Weinder with great success and this .
When I use the extra large spools, they don’t fit on the on the machines spool holder. So I picked up an from Amazon and it works great!
When it comes to embroidery needles I prefer Organ brand. I like them because they are very good quality, and priced well if you buy them in bulk. You can get great bulk deals on eBay. Be sure to check what the manufacturer of your machine recommends but in my experience, you can use the needles you like best.
A good pair (or more) of scissors is a must, especially if you are doing applique or just cutting those pesky jump stitches. Gingher is the brand for me. I have several different types I use for embroidery and I love them. My favorites are my , and my . I also can’t live without my for applique. I have the large and the mini.
Chances are your embroidery machine came with at least one hoop. I do multiple projects at one time and I like to hoop while I’m stitching so I need a couple of each size. I tried the and I’m very happy with them. It saves me a lot of time having extra hoops and I like having different size options.
Fabric and a Project
Now all you really need at this point is fabric and a project. I’m a huge fan of supporting local merchants and the shop small movement. Be sure to check your local fabric stores for great deals and check out Etsy for lots of cool machine embroidery projects.
Good luck, have fun and sew some great things!