Did you get a new machine for Christmas? Make sure you do this before using it!
On Bonnie’s Facebook page, she recently asked how many followers actually read their owners’ manual. The answer might surprise you. Turns out that of those who responded, 35.7% read the manual cover to cover. That is the same amount (35.7%) as those who only read the manual when they were stuck or had a problem. Which surprisingly means 28.1% don't read the manual at all and just dive in.
Before you even turn on the machine, you should read your manual. Even if you are an embroidery veteran. Technologies change.
It is a good practice after you have taken an embroidery hiatus, too, and even as a periodic review. Every time I look at my manual, I learn something new.
A printed manual may come with your machine. Many are available for download from your manufacturer’s website as a PDF. That allows for updates and corrections to easily be added as they occur. Check to be sure that you are using the most recent edition.
You can read and use the PDF manual on your computer, if you like. All you need is free Adobe Acrobat Reader. One benefit is that you can search a PDF for whatever you are seeking. I prefer a printed copy. It is usually less expensive to use a printing service rather than eating up your own printer ink.
Most printing services offer binding as well. A spiral binding, like that on Bonnie’s GlitterFlex Color Guide, makes manuals super easy to navigate.
The best way to learn how to use your embroidery machine is to take new owner classes. Many dealers offer them at no cost. But still, it's a good practice to read the manual first!
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