New Program Translates to More Designs

Over the past 6 months or so, I’ve been using the Brother PE Embroidety designer to create my embroidery files. While the program itself is good, it is incredibly limited in detail, color and sizing.

Due to the limitations and ordering a new, larger machine, I had no choice but to hunt down a new program to use. My budget was limited in what I could purchase and a lot of the free programs were moot in what I needed to use. After browsing several embroidery sites and blogs, I say a trend stating that Embird was really good and easy to use. Price wise it was very much on the cheap end (when it comes to embroidery programs). The program lets you test it out a little (can’t save and test on the machine, though) so I gave it a try.

And what did I learn? Embird is awesome. It’s easy to learn, easy to use, and easy to manipulate. The detail option is awesome and the ability to adjust things is easy to understand.

Already, I’ve built up a nice stock of files to prep for new items coming up.

So, if you’re in the market for a new program and have about $300 to spend, I would highly suggest getting embird.

Running of the Leaves Con Preparation

Running of the Leaves Con Preparation

I am very pleased to announce that the My Little Pony Heart Patches that I have been working on are finally completed!

Artwork from http://bamboodog.deviantart.com/ (who graciously gave me permission to create these)

The My Little pony heart patches!
Recently updated to properly match their colors and all set with iron backings.
These will be a convention exclusive. If you want to get your hands on them, get your Running of the Leaves tickets soon!!

Upcoming Artist Alley Table

I apologize for not writing more often in here. I have, however, decided to try writing blogs ahead of time, and also stick to a schedule in hopes of keeping to writing.

With that being said, today’s blog will be an announcement of what’s coming up with Rabbit Tales.

On November 1st through the 3rd, Colorado is having its first My Little Pony Convention called Running of the Leaves. I have already reserved a table and am currently preparing all the items we plan to offer there. Some of the items will be available at the convention, and then after the convention while some items might become convention exclusives. Throughout the next few weeks, Wednesday posts will be unveiling the new items.

If you are located in Colorado or would like to visit, please stop by our table to see what I have! I hope to see you there!

I sew and I’m a Twenty-Something; Don’t Ignore Me.

This past Monday, I had a fluke of an accident happen with my embroidery machine. The needle bent and broke, damaging the bottom thread cutter. At the time I didn’t put two and two together and just understood that the thread cutter wasn’t working and sounded wrong. Insert the voice in the back of my head (That sounds like my mother, who taught me about sewing machines) telling me to check the normal problem areas: thread, needle, lint. Check, replaced, and check. I took the foot plate off the machine and tested the thread cutter a few times. There was nothing physical that I could see and fix. Which meant one thing:

Time to get the machine serviced.

Since the machine is under warranty, I went off the sewing store that was recommended to me by the sewing machine company. I had a shoulder bag that was large enough for my machine and made sure that it was safe and sound before I left for a 30 minute drive down to the store.

Here comes the fun part (Mind you, I use the term “fun” in a very, very loose manner).

 I hefted the bag onto my shoulder and walked into the store, going straight to the point of sales and waiting behind an older lady. The lady finished her transaction….

…and the sales associate ignored me and looked over to the lady on the other side of the point of sales with a smile and asked if she found everything alright.

This happened 8 times. I’ll say that again. I was ignored EIGHT times.

By this time, my shoulder was starting to get sore. 20 minutes of holding 20 pounds in one position will make anyone sore. I got up close to the point of sale desk and cleared my throat.

Want to know what I got from the sales associate?

“Was there something you needed?”

“Yes, I need to drop my machine off for repairs.”

“Oh, we’ll get someone here to get your machine from your car.”

“That’s not needed. It’s on my shoulder.”

“What??”

I twisted slightly to show them bag on my shoulder. “It’s not heavy unless I’ve been standing with it for a long time.”

“Oh….hang on then.”

It took another ten minutes and 3 more explanations before I relieved of my machine. Another explanation from that, and being informed that it would be 3 weeks before my machine would be ready.

Personally, I have no issues with waiting 3 weeks for a machine. I can understand things being busy with many projects. What I can’t understand is why a twenty-something was ignored, then spoken to like I don’t belong in that store in the first place.

No store should judge a person by how they look and their age. I know many 18 year olds that sew better than I can and I know 30+ people that can’t sew to save their life. Having this happen to me was both disheartening and frustrating. I know that once I receive my machine back, I will be doing my be to never had to have the machine serviced again lest that store gets a rather rude awakening before I let myself walk in there again.