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1  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Babylock embellisher on: May 06, 2007 08:30:40 AM
I got an embellisher for my birthday!!!! (A little early, but it was on sale for Mother's Day)

I've been doing nothing much for a day and a half but embellishing and shopping for yet more junk for crafts. Don't believe the sticker prices. Ask, bargain, whatever. The label was $1,099 (yipes), but I got the machine for $350.

What I like -
*Easy to use. Simple and straitforward machine that does only one thing. Point and play.
*Needle changes are easy with the allen wrenches included (broke 5 needles already - three were due to inattention to a button, two were a mystery).
*DEFINATELY the way to go to add needle felting to clothing - handled light weight denim seams easily enough when I slowed down. [That's not were I broke a needle]
*Works great to make flowers etc over a washable stabilizer base. Meaning, you draw the outline on the stabilizer and then fill in with roving.
*Machine makes stable seams if you go over a couple of times - no need for the sewing machine if you are making things out of wool/rayon storebought felt and yarn. I haven't made anything more heavy duty than handbags yet. 
*Punches those fuzzy and eyelash acrylic yarns right in.
*The lint from the needle felting accumulates where the bobbin would be on a sewing machine.
*The needle guard works. No fear of getting my fingers poked, especially if you adjust the guard height with level changes. I would be more afraid if there were kids in the house. It is definately an attractive, dangerous toy for little fingers.
*Still has some of the mystery of felting - who knew what that would look like felted.


What I don't like -
*The lint trap is not just a smooth bin so it is harder to clean - but how clean does your lint trap need to be really.  Wink
*Need to learn to slow down. It goes FAST and still gets away from me at times. Easy to get too many punches in one area and that make stiffer felt (as you all know)
*Learning curve needed because it is 'free motion' with all the joys and trials. There is no pressure foot & feed dog system to keep things moving. When adding a yarn or ribbon etc, you must guide the placement of the addition while moving the base piece.
*Needles are expensive - $40 for 7
*Another machine to store - and of course, yarn, storebought wool felt, etc. I need to build a new house to hold the craftcrap! Oh, and did I mention, embellishes clothing, ribbon, chiffon, etc. making a good excuse for thrift shopping ("But honey, I'm recycling!")
*Punches those eyelash yarns right in - making a fuzzy thick line if you use all 7 needles. To get a fine line you need to remove two or four of the needles and go SLOWLY so you only felt the main strand without sucking down the eyelashes.
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