Chef’s Hat

So I opened up the box. Here’s the contents (minus all the books).  There is an instructional CD and a Quick start guide. I watched the cd and skimmed the quick start

New Machine and Accessories Fresh out of the Box



The operation manual bored me to sleep. Twice.  So we skipped that.

Check out all those accessories! Look up close.


So I had a hat I was making for a friend of mine, and I wanted to embroider his name on the front.  Before I did it “for real” I wanted to give it a test run.  I had another hat which was a “spare” I was making for a different friend…a less picky, more forgiving friend.  So I decided to try my hand at my first embroidery experiment.

I won’t go through all the gory details of how you set up the Brother SE400. I will say it was dead easy. The hoop is the only real pain, and I’m starting to get the hang of it.  It comes with a preloaded bobbin, and the correct embroidery needle installed.

I simply plopped in my machine embroidery thread (Coats and Clark, black), and whizzed through the menu.  My friend’s daughter’s name is Afton, but the machine would only take Afto.  I realized that this is because the hoop is longer than wide, and the words were being sewn left to right, horizontally.  IIRC, there should be a way to rotate these, right?  I looked but couldn’t find it.  I’ll give it more of a search tomorrow.

Anyway – long story short, I simply had to rehoop for the “n.”  The problem with that is trying to get the placement exactly right. WHAT A PAIN.  I bought the bigger hoop, but by then it was too late. In for a penny and all.

So…Here’s some pix of the process:





and the finished product:



That’s all for now!

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