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Jeanine Twigg is the author of Embroidery Machine Essentials, and It's a Snap! Secrets for Successful Snapping. She has written articles for various industry magazines such as Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publ; 2 Pap/Cdr edition (April 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873494393
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873494397
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.3 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #821,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. L. Moore on January 18, 2009
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This was purchased as I was new the machine embroidery. This has a lot of good information. I purchased it for a particular area but then found it helps to READ THE ENTIRE BOOK as there is a lot of good information that can help you along the way. A great purchase.
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I ordered the Embroidery Machine Essentials: How to stabilize, hoop and stitch book first. When it arrived, I found it was old and dated and didn't like it. I kept thinking by ordering the second book, I wasted my money (again).

Now that the second book arrived, I actually opened it up and read it from cover to cover. It will be even more useful as I progress in machine embroidery. The book answered a lot of questions and helped clear up some misconceptions I picked up. All-in-all, I think the book has good information about moving on to bigger and better embroidery, what you need to resize (if you can with your machine), and doesn't feel nearly as dated as the "stabilize" book. This one is a keeper.
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I was gifted this book, didn't have the heart to tell the giver it was a good few years to late. Something that has always annoyed me is the glib sales talk that comes from the sellers of embroidery machines, of course it can do.... and they pointedly ignore mentioning all the peripherals needed to make the best use of the machine. I read the book, it reminded me of the smooth sales talk. Yes it does have good points in it, but joining forums or groups dedicated to a particular machine model or brand is far more informative.
As for which software to own, well apples is apples, but your taste buds soon inform you which is the nicest variety for your particular preferences. The same is true for software, no book can tell you which software is going to be best for you, if the user interface isn't one you can feel comfortable in, its not because the program is no good, its because your interface preferences as a user don't match the programs interface. I owned 2 different software packages before I realised I loathed key board driven software, disliked modular software that required you left one part of a program to use a different module to make a change to a design, then use another module , well need I go on. I struck lucky on my third software package, I should mention it gets very expensive finding the right program to suit your user preferences. A book can't give you that, something else I learned is it takes time, effort, commitment and patience. Oh and the telephone number of a good wig maker because you will get frustrated and pull out your hair because the silly /// machine messes up. Sigh, a much better aid is a mirror, as you'll get an instant answer to why it didn't do what you wanted, you wont like it, but most problems are caused by the person in charge of the machine.
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This is the sixth book I've purchased in the Embroidery Machine Essentials series. This book, like the others, provides some good basic information for someone like me who is new to machine embroidery. Like the other books there is a lot of duplicated basic information - copyright discussion, stabilizer types, importance of stabliizers. Also like her other books Twigg provides a 10,000 foot description of techniques rather than the nitty gritty details. On some topics that is adequate on other topics, it raises more questions for me without providing the answers. I walk away from all her books with a sense that I need to experiment and that embroidery is trial and error to some degree - learn by doing. Not a bad way to learn, I just need to find the time. In this book, she did seem to cater to an audience with more limited computer skills and provided a deeper dive on some mundane topics like file organization.

What I found very useful was the description of the different types of software. I received a "Junior" version of digitizing software with my machine and have been trying to decide if the software I have will meet my needs or if I need to upgrade in the same software brand or purchase other software. The book helped me evaluate the options. (For now, I'll experiment with the software I have.)

What I was hoping for that the book did not provide was comparisons of different software. I was able to identify what features were important for me in chosing software, but I'm still looking for a comprehensive list of software providers and an apples to apples comparison of features, cost and ease of use. I've found many companies offer free or low cost short term trials to try before you buy.
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It gives the basics that new machine embroiderers need and the explanations are good. For the price I think it gives good info. The included CD rom is nice to have.
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This is a fabulous book, easy to read and has great explanations on how to do. This would be a must have for any Embroidery machinist. I have already recommended it to others.
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This book is informative, with good illustrations, so it is a decent reference, especially if you are new to machine embroidery. The 3 stars come from the fact that there are now more timely, up-to-date books written for today's high tech machine advances. Since it was written many years ago, there are new machine features and products that weren't around then. Still a good basic info book, but since the embroidery technology has taken big leaps in the last decade, you may want to ask your embroidery machine retailer for good books.
Since the "Free CD-Rom" was missing from my shipment, I was unable to review it. The seller said I could have a partial credit on my next purchase or mail it back. Both options were not cost effective. You will probably have better luck with the seller, and since the price was low, I found a few other books like "The Machine Embroiderer's Bible" that was more helpful for my new machine. My machine manufacturer (Brother International) website has lots of videos that help regardless of what machine you own.
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