8 features on the Dreamweaver XE that make machine embroidery a breeze! by Christine Baker January 22, 2019 written by Christine Baker January 22, 2019 659 Yesterday on QUILTsocial I showed you how to select from the many amazing Disney embroidery designs included in the Brother Dreamweaver XE. I’ve placed it on the embroidery screen and I’m ready to get stitching. Today I’ll show you 8 features on the Dreamweaver XE that really make machine embroidery a breeze! The Dreamweaver XE Feature 1 – the plastic embroidery sheet The plastic embroidery sheet that matches each hoop of the Dreamweaver XE helps to align the embroidery design perfectly. I showed you how to use it in my QUILTsocial post on December 21, 2018. The embroidery sheet Feature 2 – the spool holder The tilting spool holder on the Dreamweaver XE makes changing the thread fast and easy. To take the spool off you tilt the spool holder up, replace the spool and then tilt it back down into its original position. The spool holder Feature 3 – The bobbin monitoring system The empty bobbin warning page will pop up on the screen of the Dreamweaver XE whenever the bobbin is running low while sewing or embroidering. This is especially helpful when the machine is embroidering a large area and you have stepped away for a few minutes. Imagine running out of bobbin thread and the machine just kept on going until the next thread change. Not with this machine! The empty bobbin indicator Feature 4 – the needle threader The automatic needle threader on the Dreamweaver XE is activated by pressing the needle threader button. This is an AWESOME feature when changing the thread color 22 times in one design! This is the same needle threading mechanism that is on THE Dream Machine. The needle threader button Feature 5 – the tilting embroidery hoop screw The tightening screw on each of the Brother Dreamweaver XE embroidery hoops is able to tilt upwards so that you can easily tighten the screw without having to lift the hoop off of the table. This makes it easy to keep the fabric taut in the hoop while tightening the screw AND protects your knuckles from scrapes. The embroidery hoop tightening screw Feature 6 – the image key The image key on the embroidery screen of the Dreamweaver XE will show you a preview of what the embroidery design will look like after it is stitched in the chosen hoop size. The image key Here’s a preview of an embroidery design on the extra large embroidery hoop. Preview on extra large hoop Here’s a preview of what the embroidery design would look like stitched out in the large embroidery hoop. The fact that the medium and small hoop images are greyed out indicates that this design would not fit in either of those hoops. Preview of embroidery on large hoop Feature 7 – the drop in bobbin The bobbin of the Dreamweaver XE drops into the bobbin casing easily making changing the bobbin during machine embroidery a simple task. No need to remove the embroidery unit to get to the bobbin casing. The drop in bobbin Feature 8 – the frame-securing level The frame-securing lever on the carriage of the embroidery unit is easy to operate and makes removing and replacing the embroidery hoop a breeze. The frame-securing lever All of these features seem like simple things, but when using the machine to do embroidery they truly all add up to make the process so much more enjoyable. Tomorrow I’ll put all of these features to work when I get the Dreamweaver XE embroidering our Mickey Mouse design. This is part 2 of 5 in this series. Go back to part 1: How can you choose just one amazing Disney embroidery design? Go to part 3: What to do when your bobbin runs out mid embroidery design [shareaholic app=”follow_buttons” id=”23735596″] Print this page or save as a PDF 0qs243brotherDreamweaver XEsewing machine reviews FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinRedditWhatsappTelegramEmail Christine Baker I have been designing and publishing quilt patterns for the last 16 years under the business name Fairfield Road Designs. My patterns range from fusible applique and piecing to felted wool applique and punchneedle. You can see all of patterns on my website www.fairfieldroaddesigns.com. previous post How can you choose just one amazing Disney embroidery design? next post What to do when your bobbin runs out mid embroidery design YOU MAY ALSO LIKE... The magic and math to making perfect bias... Quilting made easy with the dual feed foot... THE absolute easiest way to assemble a Double... Taking the fear out of piecing Double Wedding... The trick to curved piecing the Double Wedding... Fear not the Double Wedding Ring quilt, Brother... Accurate pinning makes all the difference with curved... Curved piecing made easy with the Dreamweaver XE First steps to piecing the Double Wedding Ring... Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.