I use Isacord because that's what my Bernina dealer carries. Use OESD (Oklahoma Embroidery Supply & Design) stabilizers for the same reason.
Have only taken a couple of classes, but anytime I have a question I call the dealer and get answers. One of the first things I embroidered was a Captain in a boat on a tee shirt for DH. I tested this on an old white one before trying the new shirt. Old one came out OK, but new one had the knit break around the edge. I called OESD, since it was their design, and got several suggestions...but have been too busy to try again. Bernina dealer told me you should always stitch out a test first, so you don't mess up.
When my DH bought the 440QE with embroidery unit for me, he also told me to get the best software. At the time I didn't think I would want to digitize anything, but about 6 months later I found myself scanning a giraffe from an old coloring book and digitizing an applique to but on a fleece blanket for DGD.
Got my machine just before DGD was born. I was making a Jungle Song quilt for (unknown) grandchild. OESD had just come out with Jungle Song embroidery CD. Since the quilt wasn't done I altered the design and in each corner I embroidered a block with a Jungle Song animal & then one block has Kaylyn's name, another date, another weight/height and the last made by Grandma.
I'm getting ready to do the same for DGS....way behind on his quilt!
I wish I could take my embroidery stuff in the RV, but I have limited room.
I've made a couple blocks for SIL to use in an Anniversary quilt for her DD. Also a couple pillow cases.
I think the most favorite thing I've embroidered are the Minkee Pals that OESD has(http://www.embroideryonline.com/index.aspx)search Minkee. The grandkids love these little stuffed toys. DGD used to bite on them and pull them over her gums when she was cutting teeth. They are really easy to make.
P.S. 4 suggestions:
I write the Isacord thread number on the inside bottom of the spool with perm. marker. That way if the paper label on top comes off, I'm not in a panic.
I always steam iron my stabilizer(paper looking type, not plastic wash away)before I use it. I found out that some of it shrinks, just a little.
I am blessed with a DH who bought me all the Isacord colors. They have plastic, expensive, boxes you can store them in. But, I found a 3 draw Sterilite plastic container that the Isacord stand up in great. I have 4 sets, they stack.
My thread is in number order. When I pull a spool, I replace it with a piece of PVC pipe. My DH took 2" PVC, cut in 2" lengths. It makes it really easy to see where the thread goes back when done. OH, and I keep these PVC pieces in a paint bucket, which the grandkids love to play with when they visit.
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