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8 features on the Dreamweaver XE that make machine embroidery a breeze!

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The image key

Here’s a preview of an embroidery design on the extra large embroidery hoop.

Preview on extra large 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
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
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
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

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.

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