Tip: Resume Embroidering After Turning Off

February 25, 2017By Joanne BankoEmbroidery, Tips & Tricks 5 Comments Opinion by Paid Consultant

If your machine has a resume function, you can confidently turn the machine off, if necessary, and start where you left off when you turn it back on again. No resume function? Save the design, and then jot down the stitch count on a sticky note before turning your machine off. When you switch it back on, reselect the saved design and fast-forward to where you left off.

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  • I’ve had to do this with my Brother 1250D which has no resume function. I keep a little notebook near my machine, and when I start a new project I make note of any machine adaptations I’ve done before I start stitching.

    I note the size (if I’ve enlarged or shrunk the design any), the vertical and horizontal positions if I’ve had to shift the hoop at all, and any rotation degrees. If for some reason, my stitching time has to be suspended, I will note the stitch count where I left off.

    It is important that you NEVER unhoop the project for this to work.

    Then when the machine is started up again, just be sure to duplicate the settings, and get to about 10-15 stitches prior to where you left off and just go again.

    However…. it had not occurred to me that I could just also save it in the memory ( if there is space), and that the machine would remember all these things for you.

    I still think it is a good idea to write down the settings though. You never know if an unexpected power outage will occur, or if you may accidentally pull out the cord, or just even forgetfully turn off the machine when you get up to answer the phone or the doorbell (All of which I’ve done!)

    • Hi Sandra,
      Thank you for your thoughtful comment. We’ve all done those things and seeing it in writing by someone else always assures the rest of us we are not alone!

  • I’m a beginner at embroidering or monogramming. I have had my t-shirt fabric bunch up when trying to embroider a picture onto the t-shirt. Also, my needle breaks. I make sure that I’m using a medium stabilizer and a 14 ballpoint needle. Why is it bunching up and needle breaking? How do I line up the picture so that I can either go back over it or resume monogramming? Also, every time I try to save to my machine, it tells me that I do not have enough memory. I only have saved about 3 small letters. I have the Project Runway model. Am at work so I don’t have the model handy. Another issue — if I drop a piece of the needle into the machine, how do I get it out? Thank you.

    • Hi Brenda,

      Please DO reach out to our fantastic US Based Customer Service Team! They would be happy to help you with your questions. They will need your sewing machine model to best assist you, so please do have it handy.

      How do you reach them the easiest? There are two options.
      1. Call them at the Toll-Free number: 1-877-BROTHER (877-276-8437), Monday-Friday, 9:00am to 6:00pm Eastern Time
      2. Send them an email by going to our website and entering your sewing machine information, then select the “email” box just below where you have entered your model info, on the left.

      Thank you Brenda!!

    • Hi Brenda, Thanks so much for reaching out and taking the time to write! Kimberli has given you some great advise for support for your specific machine model questions. I would add that very often needle breakage is due to improper threading or the thread getting caught somewhere in the thread path, especially near the spool. Check to make sure you are using good quality, strong embroidery thread, and placing the appropriate cap over the spool when threading.

      Perhaps I can give you some additional tips for embroidering on t-shirts. Here is the method I use for almost every t-shirt I stitch:
      *Begin by matching the design to the weight of your garment – This means you want to choose a design that is not too big or too dense if you are stitching on standard t-shirt fabric. Reserve larger and more dense designs for a heftier sweatshirt or a firm woven fabric.
      *Lightly fuse cut away mesh stabilizer such as Pacesetter® SA5931 to the wrong side, making sure it is a few inches larger than your hoop.
      *Hoop the shirt so it is smooth and snug and set up machine for embroidery using a size 11 embroidery needle.
      *Slip a piece of light to medium weight tear-away (I use Pacesetter® SA5810) under the hoop when you place it on the machine. It will catch in the first few stitches so you don’t have to hoop it with the actual t-shirt, just “float” it under the hoop. Note: If your design is very open and airy you can skip the tear-away.
      *When embroidery is finished remove the majority of the tear away. Gently peel back the fusible stabilizer and trim excess leaving about a half inch all around the edge of the design.
      *Visit the Projects section of the brothersews.com website and you’ll see a t-shirt project featured for the month of April. This will give you more ideas and tips.
      *Last but not least, I suggest testing and practicing designs on an inexpensive t-shirt or one you are no longer wearing. When you are new at anything you need to take the time to practice and learn by doing. 😉 We all start somewhere and improve with practice. Stitching on something that is not important allows you to learn, relax, and enjoy the journey!

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