1.A spray bottle filled with Downy and an old tooth brush to remove Solvy interfacing in hard to remove places. It works every time.
2.To protect your touch pad screen from the oils on your hands, keep Q-tips handy, and use them to touch the screen. This will prolong the effectiveness of the screen.
3.When taking a fresh embroidery needle out of the pack,replace it with a short piece of brightly-colored pipe cleaner (chenille wire). This way you will know what needle you have in the machine.
4.Don’t argue with an idiot.People watching may not be able to tell the difference J
5.When using Fabric Spray use a plastic grocery bag from the store.Just open the bag, lay the piece to be sprayed inside and spray away.No residue everywhere.Just throw the plastic bag away afterwards
6.Save the clear plastic from Christmas Card boxes, slipper boxes, and salon gift certificates and recycle them for making templates. The plastic is stiff enough to make them work, and no extra money is spent.
7.Use the bottom of a Styrofoam egg carton to hold your thread spools in order for your current project.
8. When sewing on velcro, hold a piece of light weight plastic (baggies work great) over the hook side. That way the hooks will not catch on the threads.
9. Slow your machine down for metallic thread. You will have less breakage.
10. Use an extension magnetic nail picker-upper to pick up pins from your sewing room floor. You will be surprised to find you had pins on the floor that you were not aware of.
11. http://www.dzgns.com/products/*/*/7650 Visit this site, scroll down the page to find a free video on metallic thread....you will be surprised as a very simple and cost effective tip she has to offer!!!!
12. Linda Blyth has found a way to decrease the density of embroidery.Bring the design up in your digitizer, make it smaller (notice the stitch numbers reduce) and then send it to your machine.In the machine increase the size.And that is all it does – it increases the size, but does not increase the number of stitches.Try it and see how it works for you.
13. I believe it was Laurie that read: It is said that Lectra Shave could be to the rescue to remove goop from the hoop. Linda Blyth said she also believes Skin So Soft will do the same thing....at any rate - your hoop will smell good and hopefully be free of goop.
14. When viewing the web and running across a project that you may want to do later - take a screen shot and place it in a specially marked embroidery or file folder for later viewing.
15. You know that little vinyl strips that are used to mark a spot on the sewing machine bed - use those stops on the cutting ruler to butt the edge of your fabric up to. Keeps the fabric from slipping and helps for a clean cut.