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MaryinColorado's picture

Does anyone have the Husqvarna/Viking Quilters Do All Hoop?  Is it a worthy investment?  I think I am going to buy one this week.  Mary

Crazy K's picture

(post #31499, reply #1 of 35)

Hi Mary,  Yes, I got one and I do like it.  I made hot pads/trivets for daughter and used it on that and have used it other times as well.  Haven't been doing much in the embroidery line lately but I have used it enough to make it worth the investment.  One appealing thing to me was that I can do clock faces and designs that will fit pillow fronts..............that's just me!  Haven't done any of them yet, however!!  Life gets in the way.  It has two inner hoops......one for thin and one for thicker and you turn the clip to get your tension and then snap the thing down.........much easier on the hands! 


There.......you have my nickel's worth.............


Kay

MaryinColorado's picture

(post #31499, reply #2 of 35)

Thanks so much!  I will pick it up tomorrow.  I have to take the machine and embroidery unit in and leave it till at least Saturday.  That will slow me down some on my sewing but sounds like it will be worth it.  It always makes me nervous to drop off my machines!  HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

MaryinColorado's picture

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I called the shop, one of the other ladies said they are warning everyone it may take two weeks.  I told them it would have been nice to know this ahead of time, it may have affected my decision.  The original lady said it would be $15.00 for this upgrade but when I paid for the hoop, she refused to charge me for the upgrade saying "well, I'm not sure that it's fifteen dollars! 


I've dealt with this dealer for several years, recently my "gut feeling" is that I don't trust them.  If I'm not happy when I get my machine back, I'll have to call the owner.  They have two stores, this one no longer has Vikings on the floor.  It's all Pfaff and Brother.  (The owner writes a newsletter with alot of Christian references,  so hopefully he has integrity.)  


I'm probably just being a "nervous Nellie" as I really take good care of my machines and expect the same from others.  They're important to me. Mary

Crazy K's picture

(post #31499, reply #4 of 35)

Hi Mary,  I guess I got lost somewhere............I bought the hoop and installed it with the CD that came with it and I did the upgrade on the machine when it came out via the internet.  Do you do your own upgrades or take the machine in??


I don't blame you for being nervous.  I had to send one of my machines in to headquarters due to a noisy bearing and don't think that didn't make me nervous!!!!  I had sent it back to the dealer repair 3 or 4 times and they said it was fine.  Well, it was not fine and the sales gals at the store agreed that is was NOT fine.  It is fine now..........Husq. in Ill. replaced a bearing and it's fine.  It was a brand new machine so it was warranty.


I think you will like the hoop........the twisty thing for tightening the hoop makes it easier on the hands and that should be a good feature for you with your arthritis.  Even though I don't quilt, I have used the hoop for those designs that are just a bit too large for the 5X7 and on the hotpad/trivets I used the shell stitch that came with the hoop.  Just needed something to hold the whole thing together. 


Hope you get this resolved.  The service industry just isn't what it used to be..........like so many other things!


Happy Stitching!


Kay

MaryinColorado's picture

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For the Designer I, I had to take in the machine and the embroidery unit.  I told them the machine had been upgraded this year already and it has an icon for the correct hoop.  They needed to change out the light grey button on the emb unit with a dark grey one for some reason.  They said they needed both.  The hoop box was sealed but did not come with a CD.  I guess that must just come with the one for the new Designer. 


I thought if they sent them out, they went to Ohio.  Is it Illinois now?  That's where most of my family lives so I am just wondering.  Mary

Crazy K's picture

(post #31499, reply #6 of 35)

You're right, it is Ohio........my error on that.  I had a Designer 1 before I upgraded to the SE.........I thought I did my own upgrades with the computer.....but that was before the Quilters hoop.  I may be mistaken but if you go to the Husq. website and click on Designer updates.....it will give you the upgrades for the Designer 1.  As long as you have the ability to hook the machine to your computer, you should be able to do that.  My machine came with a cord with a special end for the machine and a USB for the computer.  If your hoop came with no CD, then it may need something different for the Designer 1.


Happy Stitching!


Kay

MaryinColorado's picture

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I usually download the upgrades to a disk and program them into my D1, they said this one is "special".....that means they want $$$ but it should be well spent with the easy to clip hoop. 


Thanks for your help.  I was hoping to get some designs for in the hoop potholders, coasters, etc. for gifts to make.  I love those "crocheted" snowflakes too!  They are just as pretty as the ones that are crocheted by hand.  I like to hang them in the windows and put them on gifts too.  Mary

Crazy K's picture

(post #31499, reply #8 of 35)

Hi Mary,


You will like the Quilters' hoop.........if for no other reason, the twist and clamp thingy.  As for the snowflakes, they are easy to do.  I bought the pack (from Emblibrary) on sale and spent very little.  I've made a few so it was money well spent.  I gave some last year as gifts.......so easy to tuck into a card.  Thanks for your kind words. 


Happy Stitching!


Kay

MaryinColorado's picture

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Which water soluble stabilizer did you use on the snowflakes?  I have several here that are different thicknesses or strengths.  Haven't done any freestanding lace designs in quite a while.  Did you use cotton embroidery thread?  I have some thread that looks like mother of pearl I am thinking will look good.  Hope I get my machine home in time to mail out the gifts or everyone might end up with chocolate and coffee this year.  Mary

Crazy K's picture

(post #31499, reply #10 of 35)

Hi Mary,


I used two layers of Floriani Wet 'N Gone.......with rayon embroidery thread, both top and bobbin.  I layer of stabilizer might work but I used two for the extra support.  It also leaves enough residue after wetting so they stay nice and stiff.


Hope this info helps.


Kay

MaryinColorado's picture

(post #31499, reply #11 of 35)

Thanks, I'll pick some up when my machine is back. 


I'm going to a serger club Saturday at another dealer to make a serger crazy quilt Christmas stocking.  That will be fun.  Mary

Crazy K's picture

(post #31499, reply #12 of 35)

Hi Mary,


I was reading a tutorial from Kenny at Emblibrary regarding free-standing lace.  His favorite WSS is Sulky Ultra Solvy.  He tested different ones and that seemed to be his favorite.  I went out and picked some up this evening.  Figured I would try it and see.  I do like most of the Floriani Stabilizers but they aren't as readily available in my area.  I have to drive partway across the metro to a sewing machine dealer that carries them.  I have a JoAnn ETC just 2 miles from home and they have a full line of Sulky products.  Figured I would give it a whirl.........and I had a 40% off coupon to boot!


Happy Stitching!


Kay

MaryinColorado's picture

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Thank You, that is good to know.  I have some of that here so will use that when I make the sergercrochet scarves too.  I have only used the Floriani No Show Mesh Fusible so far and I love it!  I love that it is flesh colored so is nice for sheer fabrics, and it feels softer next to the skin.


I had forgotten to check out the tutorials from Kenny at www.emblibrary.com lately.  They are great, arent they!  It would have been great to have those when I first started doing machine embroidery!  I had to muddle through.  I have a drawer full of stabilizers that I rarely use.  I tend to use my favorites over and over until I run out. 


My hands are improving!  I'll be ordering those snowflakes after I get my machine back!  Mary

Crazy K's picture

(post #31499, reply #14 of 35)

I'll let you know how I like it after I've used it as well.  Hope that will be soon!  So much to do........so little time!


Glad to hear you're hands are better.  My hearing is gone but the rest of me works fairly well for my age.  


Happy Stitching!


Kay


P.S. - I just used the Ultra Solvy.  My personal opinion is that the Floriani did a better job for me.  I had to throw the first two snowflakes away after the needle punched through the stabilizer and then pushed the thread down..........they were nearly done, too!  It could be the design........so, I put a new needle in and tried a third one, using a different snowflake design.  That one stitched out just fine.  It's drying now........I'll update after it dries and I can look at it.  I'm still not sure if it is the stabilizer or 'operator error'!!


 


Edited 11/8/2007 2:17 pm ET by Crazy K


Edited 11/8/2007 2:17 pm ET by Crazy K

MaryinColorado's picture

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It doesn't sound like "operator error" when you have had such success with the same designs already.  Either the needle or the stablizer are likely the issue, don't you think?  Mary

Crazy K's picture

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It could have been that the needle needed to be changed.  Also, the first design was one that didn't stitch out quite as nicely as the others using the Wet 'N Gone either.  I looked at the one that finished just a bit ago.  I still think the ones I did with Floriani Wet 'N Gone are a bit nicer.  Maybe its just me..........I like the stiffness that stays with the Wet 'N Gone and the open areas seem to be more defined.  Guess I'll stick with what works for me..........at least with the snowflakes.


Just thought I'd pass this along.........after all, we all learn from our mistakes and in the form we can gain from the mistakes of other!!


Happy Stitching.............hope you get your machine back soon.


Kay

MaryinColorado's picture

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Thanks for letting me know about the Wet N Gone preferance.  I'll have to pick some up.  You can always use the heavy Solvy  for serger crochet or on top of fleece and velvets, to sandwich angelina fibers or thread scraps.  


Do you save your embroidery thread scraps?  Mary

Crazy K's picture

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You know, I do not.........however, I have been told that I should.  You can take plain glass balls and stuff colored thread in them and, viola.....instance ornament!  I do save the pieces of WSS though.  I guess you can liquify them and have some really awesome starch!


My snowflake is dry now and I stand by my earlier comment.......its Floriani for me.  Maybe because its more like cloth and the needle doesn't make holes, etc.  I hooped the Ultra Solvy really tight and it looked pretty good until I soaked the gunk out of it.  I wish I could take a close-up photo to send you.........even DH could tell the difference.


Happy Stitching!


Kay

Cherrypops's picture

(post #31499, reply #19 of 35)

wow! another great tip...save those threads for ornaments.


my mother-in-law swears by Floriani stabilizers. she recently bought some "one was the sticky back stuff for using with things that are too thick to hoop and the other one was the No Show Mesh Fusable for stretch fabrics and sheers.  I have used the iron-a-way topping and I like it a lot".


Living in different part of New South Wales the craft shows are on at different times so Mum buys from them, the stockists are out western sydney so I buy from them online. She is just starting to shop online...another pc lesson...she says.


She will be spending xmas with us, so I will have a few lessons on hooping etc and show her my Janome 350e working. She has the Des 1.

Crazy K's picture

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I love the no-show mesh.  I have done some shirts in knits for sons, s-i-l and grandson with some very heavy designs and used two layers of the mesh and it turned out great.  The stabilizer was enough to support the heavy designs and the mesh didn't make the area too stiff.  Bachelor son wore his after several washings and it still looked great........btw....laundry is NOT at the top of his list for perfectionism!! ha ha


This forum is great......learn something new all the time, huh?


Happy Stitching!


Kay

Cherrypops's picture

(post #31499, reply #21 of 35)

you certainly do learn somethin new each day.


I'm still on cottons but have plenty of knits in my stash ( practice drawer)


I've been popping from here to there answering yours and mary's replies....we need a round table and lots of coffee and chocolates.!


 

Crazy K's picture

(post #31499, reply #22 of 35)

Oh.....so funny.....I have a cup of coffee and just ate 3 little Hershey's dark chocolate bars leftover from Halloween!!! Your comment couldn't have come at a better time.  


This forum has make the world just a little smaller.  I never imagined being able to 'chat' with people from all over the globe regarding our shared love of sewing. 


Happy Stitching!


Kay

MaryinColorado's picture

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Thanks for your input on the Do It All Quilters hoop!  I love it!  They had my machine for about 17 days, now the bobbin thread is pulling to the top.  Ooooh!  That chaps my hide!  I will take it back in as soon as I get the time.  I've had such great luck with my Vikings except when the "wrong" person works on them even though I request that only the dept. manager work on my machines.  They will get an earful this time as the gal forgot to write that on my slip. 


I love the Floriani no show mesh stabilizer.  Hopefully they will have the Wet N Gone in stock so I can try it.


I wrote to emblib and asked them to make designs for an MP3 player.  Thier covers for the IPODs are so cute, all done in the hoop with great tutorial.  I'd love to make them for gifts.  Merry Christmas!  Mary

Crazy K's picture

(post #31499, reply #24 of 35)

Hi and Merry Christmas!  I'm glad you are happy with your hoop.  After I recommend something I always hope that I haven't led someone astray!! ha  I like mine.  I do like the Floriani stabilizers as well.  Even Emb. Library is using them some now and like what they've used.  They have such cute things.  I've made about a dozen snowflakes now.........most are gone or spoken for.  I've been embroidering winter/Christmas designs on white hand towels to give as small gifts.  Made hooded bath towels for daycare kidlets for Christmas..........fun! 


I can understand your frustration with the repair department!!  Some just don't have the 'gift' for fixing things!


Kay

MaryinColorado's picture

(post #31499, reply #25 of 35)

Love those hooded towels too.  I have two great nephews to make them for this year as well as bibs.  I'm also going to cover some diapers with pretty fabric for burp cloths, my mother suggested this saying it would look so much nicer in church, if my dressed up niece didn't have a diaper over her shoulder.  ha ha (The older kids like the hoods sewn onto thier body size towels for swimming too, or a patch or handles or embroidered tag so someone doesn't try to "claim" thier towels.)  Mary


 

Crazy K's picture

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I found some really nice plush generous sized bath towels on sale right after Thanksgiving and bought matching hand towels.  Made nice hooded towels that will work now as well as a few years down the line. 


I'll try to attach a pix ....or two.  The one pix of the 3 doesn't do justice to the designs or the colors.  Not sure what happened there.........the close ups are better.


I make toddler bibs for some of the children, too, but since DD has fancy burp cloths (called burpies) in her line I don't do those.........don't want to compete with family!! ha ha  The bibs are different in that mine are for toddler aged kids while hers are infant size.


Kay

MaryinColorado's picture

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Those are so adorable!  Thanks for sharing your beautiful work.  You sure seem to enoy making so many gifts.  The special people in your life are twice blessed to have you in thier lives.  Mary

Crazy K's picture

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Thanks for the kind words, Mary.  I do enjoy making gifts.  The embroidery bit just makes it a little more personal and special.......and its fun for me, too!!


Merry Christmas!


Kay

MaryinColorado's picture

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My D1 is in the shop as when they upgraded it for the Do All hoop, they somehow threw out the tensions so I talked to the repair manager today, he will fix my machine himself and was wonderful on the phone.  The clerk goofed twice and didn't put my request that only that one special wizard be allowed to work on my machine.  So hopefully will get it back soon but am not holding my breath.


Rose the Viking Rose is humming along brilliantly, thank the Lord!  The quilt for my grandson's October birthday should be finished tomorrow.  All that's left to do  is to serge the outside edges after I curve cut the corners.  Yeah!


Maybe I'll get the serger crazy quilted stocking finished before Christmas.  Also have to embroider gingerbread girl and boy on a red bib apron, maybe make some potholders with cherries with my new hoop if my D1 comes home in time.  Lots of ideas but running out of time of course.....ha ha, that's a good song of the season around here I'm sure.  Mary

MaryinColorado's picture

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Hooray!!!  My D1 is home again!  She is sewing like a dream again.  Tomorrow I will check out the embroidery function while putting gingerbread man and girl on red bib apron for DD. 


I am also going to try to make my kitchen valances and a curtain for under the antique sink out of upholstery fabric that has mountains on it.  Family will be here Monday for dinner so I know this is crazy.  Mary