October '14

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9 0 | Printwear O ctO b e r 20 1 4 How do I achieve clarity in small lettering? It amazes us that so many embroiderers do not know about 60-weight thread. While 40-weight thread is the standard for general purpose em- broidering that most designs are digitized for, 60-weight thread is a thinner weight thread. It serves many purposes and should be a staple for all embroidery businesses. When digitized properly, you can embroider letters as small as 3 mm. Also, 60-weight thread is ideal for fine detail in intricate designs. Rita toth, MadeiRa USa If the stitching isn't going well and you could tell me only one thing to do, what would that be? Change the needle. An amazing number of stitching troubles can be solved by inserting a new needle. Check that the size is right for the thread, the point is right for the fabric, and there are no nicks or burrs. Be sure to purchase needles with polished eyes. helen haRt MoMSen, haRt enteRpRiSeS Why should I change my needles before they break? Needles are often the forgotten factor in creating high-qual- ity embroidery. Can't figure out why perfectly good thread keeps fraying? It could be a burr on the needle, or the needle eye is simply worn. Can't remember the last time you changed your needles? Mark your calendar, so you don't forget. Changing needles on indus- trial embroidery machines is a royal pain. Many embroiderers wait until the needle actually breaks and then are forced to change it, but at that point, it may be too late. Not only can this harm your design but it can also damage your machine if the tip of the needle is launched into the rotary hook. Working with fresh needles is especially important if you have big hands and fingers. Rubber-coated hemostats in the medical field work perfectly in this case. A hemostat allows you to grip in between the shank and needle shaft and line up the needle eye while tightening the set screw. If you have trouble see- ing the needle eye, try placing a piece of white fabric or backing on top of the needle plate. nancy Mini, MadeiRa USa The 2014 Q&A TroubleshooTing guide > embroidery Q&A For smaller, more intricate designs, use 60-weight thread. (Image courtesy of Ma- deira USA) Using fresh nee- dles and a rub- ber-coated hemo- stat for gripping is particularly helpful for em- broiderers with large hands and fingers. (Image courtesy of Ma- deira USA)

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