Well I have had my Husqvarna Epic machine for a while now and thought I should share how I am getting along. I have been stitching away merrily. Here are my latest designs that I am working on for Easter.
There will be lots more to learn in the coming weeks but I have found it such a delight so far. The days of waiting for designs to load on the screen or zooming in and out taking forever are over!!! Everything is so quick and responsive. It has its own little rhythm of sounds as it starts and stops which I have got used to. I love getting the messages on my phone to change a colour, replace the bobbin or that my embroidery is finished, when I am not in my studio.
The size of each panel is an indication of the amount of stitching and it is very useful to see the threads listed before you even get to your machine. I was tempted to press the green button but it doesn’t stop the machine. If you check this app while a design is embroidering you will be able to see exactly where it has got to in the stitch count.
Makes me wonder how long it will be before we have a camera to view our embroideries from our phones!!
I have so enjoyed those large embroideries with the Imperial hoop which is 360 mm by 260 mm (14.2″ by 10.5″) although I have found that I cannot take short cuts with this big big hoop. It needs to have all its clips in place so that the stabiliser and/or fabric are well supported to avoid puckering. I am hoping that they will bring out a 260 mm square hoop soon. That for me will be the ultimate hoop as I love square hoops as they have the same tension all round.
Before you start embroidering you get this wonderful Welcome screen to check everything out before commencing. A great addition with everything clearly laid out.
I love these nice shiny buttons that control the machine and the lighting on the machine is superb. It lights my whole studio and makes photography so much easier. NO more grainy distorted photos with weird reflections. The telescopic thread guide works well although I have as yet to try a large cone of thread.
The blue bobbins are 30% larger but I seem to be changing them just as frequently, probably because my machine stitches out faster than my Designer Royale. Bobbins can only be replaced now by removing the hoop which is understandable as the bobbin cover comes off from the side with a little button to release it. One of the first things I did was cover the screen of my Epic with a protective screen saver. This will save it from accidents and scratches. Everything works just as well with this in place. If only I could protect the stitch plates from scratches too. The worse offender is my engagement ring and I tend to turn it around to avoid it damaging the plates. However my fingers do not seem to come into contact quite so much with the automatic threader to do the hard work for me. There are 2 plates, one for straight stitching and embroidering. The other plate on the right in the picture below, has a wider hole for zigzag stitching. The smaller hole supports your embroidery too. The other plate sits nicely in the accessory tray when not in use. I was worried about using the wrong plate and breaking needles but the machine seems to know which one is in use as featured in the Welcome screen!! That’s a great safety feature.
My Wacom fibre tip stylus has arrived and I use it on the enormous screen most of the time rather than my fingers.
This is the Universal tool used for changing needles, attaching the Sensor Q foot, lifting the stitch plates and other similar jobs. I really haven’t got to grips with it preferring my little screwdriver from my previous machines. Read somewhere that it would be better if the insert which is magnetic was metal rather than plastic.
There are a few features I miss that are not part of the Epic. When I bought my Royale I remember being disappointed that there were no longer 2 manuals. With the Epic the majority of the manual is on the machine. There is a starter manual but I installed the full manual on the Kindle app on my iPad so I can open it alongside the machine. There is no USB stick so I looked into how to format a bought one as there are 2 USB ports by the bobbin winder. Before you use on the Epic, plug it into your computer, right click to call up the properties and format it to FAT 32. With this large USB stick I can have all my Graceful Embroidery designs on my Epic.
So far I have not been able to find the timer that tells you how many hours the machine has been used for. The count down timer for each design has disappeared too, which was so useful when my husband wanted to know how long I would be before we go out! Instead you see a spool thread unraveling. Each side of it the previous and next colours are shown.
If anybody can tell me where to store my edge/quilting guides I would love to hear from them as there really don’t seem to fit inside the accessories tray. I need to master changing a needle with the Sensor Q foot in place too, which I found tricky as the foot gets in the way. The Sensor Q foot is not very different from the old one and is marginally easier to attach. I had a little incident with the automatic threader and ended up with thread caught inside the tension discs. I could see the thread but could not reach it. With my previous machine I was able to take off the cover between the threading slots, and remove threads and fluff. A phone call to my dealer confirmed I could do this with the Epic. To release the cover just involves a little more pressure.
This feature is great and saves visits to the dealers when threads get caught in the tension disc area. Particularly useful when you live 3 hours away.
I noticed that the bobbin case holder has little brushes on the right side which is a new feature and there are more brushes in the thread trimming area. This is easier to clean out too.
I was also determined to sort out the new mySewnet™ cloud this week, where you can store some designs and have them synced between the cloud, your machine and your computer. For some reason the Launch mySewnet™ doesn’t like to open on my computer, unless I right click, select more and then choose Run as administrator. I am still sorting out the best way to get everything synced and prefer to go to mySewnet™ webpage of my account and pop designs in there. I suppose that your internet speed will determine how quickly everything syncs but it all appear pretty immediate and I don’t have the fastest connection by far. This is a glorious machine and I am loving it. I am hardly noticing all that blue plastic now and am enjoying the wonder of embroidering on it. Graceful Embroidery will flourish with this machine as will I. Happy embroidering from Hazel