My embroidery machine is a Janome 300e. I bought it in 2004. It's been wonderful. It absolutely has opened my eyes to all the possibilities available in the machine embroidery world.
nativity design. It is a free-standing lace design that can be used as a Christmas tree ornament.
It's kind of a scribbly design but I liked the open lacey look of it, so I bought it.
When I make free-standing lace designs, I usually hoop a piece of bridal tulle so the threads have something to 'grab' onto. There have been many instances where I only hooped a water soluble stabilizer and the needle chewed right through it. :-( Having the bridal tulle on top of the water soluble stabilizer really helps the free-standing lace stitch out nicely. At least in my case, it has. ;-)
I recolored the design so there was brown for the hair and a light gray for the stable interior.
I pulled the threads and began to embroider. From past experience, I know that faster speeds for my machine doesn't necessarily mean a nicely stitched design. Because I'm not in a hurry, I usually stitch the designs at a slower speed. It gives better results for my machine.
Maybe it was the threads that I used (Superior metallic, Coats & Clark trilobal polyester, Madeira rayon, Robison Anton and Floriani). Maybe it was a tension issue.
I dunno ... but the end result is less than splendiferous and I am disappointed. :-(
And that's a real shame because I've stitched out other Gorgeous Stitches designs before with lovely results. Ah well ... this design and my machine simply aren't destined to share the Christmas spirit with each other.