Hi all. Like most of you I have also been sewing ever since I can remember. My mother made us clothes until we left home, and I learned on her old Kenmore, then used her Singer Touch-n-Sew. I took loads of home ec courses when in school, then my parents gave me an Elna SU back in the dark ages when I got married. I moved away from sewing clothes (people are just too picky!) in favor of crafts and home dec quite a few years ago. When my Elna Quilter's Dream bit the dust a few months ago, I got a Janome DC 2014 for a workhorse machine, but have stuck with Babylock for embroidery.
I have done craft fairs off and on for quite a few years, and this past year was particularly good for me. I really like to make teddy bears (toy type as well as jointed collectible types), and rather than tackling entire quilts, I like doing quilted table runners with free motion quilting. My first embroidery machine was a Babylock Sophia 4x4, but just recently upgraded to a Babylock Accord with a 5x7, and the big hoop for combined designs. I haven't the foggiest idea how to use it yet, but figure most of the basics will be like the Sophia. One pass through the manual, and I'm boggled by the editing options! I did do a few ITH designs- key fobs- for the craft fairs, but they didn't sell at all.
Several of you have said you've gotten loads of help using your machines here, and I hope to participate, assuming there are others with Babylocks on here. I want to use the machine to make crafts to sell, and the 5x7 looks like it will be much more versatile than the little 4x4 I had. I can get free lessons on the machine, but the dealer is over an hour away, so I am hoping to tap into the knowledge of you members here to help out when I get stuck.
Glad to be a member!