Initial Impressions of the Brother Dreamweaver XE

By 7/29/2014

I've had my Brother Dreamweaver XE for a week and have tried out a lot of the unique features already.

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Day 1:
Turned it on, OMG this thing is mega mega bright with it's many LED lights, love it!

I figured out how to thread it via the on screen guide, and tried the automatic threader function. Swoon! It's so easy!
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I sewed a little, then switched over to trying the embroidery function.

Pretty sure my most appreciated feature is the simplest though, having a knee lift is amazing. So much faster and totally natural!

First I needed an embroidery thread bobbin, no fear, I can now wind bobbins without unthreading the machine, and they auto wind, it "pops" like a toaster when it hits the requested fill.
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Just using the onscreen editor I made a simple monogram complete with thread changes.
I easily aligned it in the hoop using the drop-light and sonic pen. Plus with the drop light you can see the embroidery path more clearly.

Then I tried one of the built-in Disney designs. I was disappointed to learn that you can't re size the Disney designs, at least not the Pooh bear I picked.Brother-Dreamweaver-XE-Sewing-Machine-015

I did not like that the ugly "© Disney" was at the end of the design and I was able to stop the machine before it stitched it.

I also created massive box-aster in the guestroom. oops.


Day 2: I got some digitizing software and used my "Hello Kirsti" logo font to create a stitchable logo design, and it worked! It was very easy to transfer my designs via USB from my computer to my machine.



Then I used a downloaded Redwork Cherry and a built in font to decorate some Danskin knock off Norts, very cute and easy! I LOVE the look of simple outline embroidery.
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Day 3: Monday, I brought show n tell to work... yup I'm 10. My work friends loved it though =D

That night I designed some more monograms using fonts in my digitizing software, then hunted for objects I could hoop, and that if it didn't turn out well I'd be ok with it.

So I added a Vine monogram to my Hello Kitty Target basket.Brother-Dreamweaver-XE-Sewing-Machine-028
Then I added a mod monogram to a "Not A Kelly Bag" style tote. I hooped it a little crooked, but using the sonic pen, rotate, and "path preview" I got it perfectly placed and straight!

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Then I had a right of passage... I broke my first needle on the canvas/stabilizer combination =(

No fear though I replaced the needle, then used the Needle +/- to find spot where the needle broke and easily resumed the project, you can't even tell!

Day 4: Applique!

I was brave when I tackled my first applique, I used a old T shirt, added a star fish shape, then I perfectly centered a T on the star fish. I dunno if I've absorbed enough Tennessee though, it wasn't until I stitched out that font in orange that I realized what I had done, that T is definitely for Tucker, not the UT Volunteers...Brother-Dreamweaver-XE-Sewing-Machine-044

Once I had my applique done I cut it out in the pattern shape, centering the star. Then I installed my move-it foot to tackle the tricky jersey + knit combination. It rolled right through and I kept a perfect seam allowance with the laser guide.
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In fact I was so impressed with it I decided to top stitch the whole bib, and it turned out super cute =)

See my post about this bib pattern here.
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Here's  Lil Tucker rockin his new bib, isn't he the cutest?

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More adventures coming soon!

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