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Preparing THE Dream Machine 2 for bobbin work machine embroidery

Yesterday on QUILTsocial I showed you 4 simple steps to embroider beautiful quilt blocks using THE Dream Machine 2 from Brother.

Today I’m using the embroidery function of the machine and “turning things upside down” by doing some bobbin work.

The beauty of bobbin work is using a thick decorative thread (that couldn’t fit through the needle of the machine) wound in the bobbin and work from the back of the fabric. The top thread basically holds the bobbin thread in place on the front of the fabric.

 

THE Dream Machine 2
THE Dream Machine 2

 

Select the embroidery menu on the opening screen of THE Dream Machine 2.

 

Selecting the embroidery menu
Selecting the embroidery menu

 

Next, select section 6 on the embroidery menu. All of the preset bobbin work designs that come with THE Dream Machine 2 are found in this section.

 

Select menu 6
Select menu 6

 

Here are some of the bobbin work embroidery designs available. As you can see, all of the designs on this screen have a letter “B” in the bottom left corner of the key. This indicates that these designs are suitable only for bobbin work.

 

Select a design
Select a design

 

I selected design 014 and then select “edit” on the design screen.

 

Select "edit"
Select “edit”

 

The bobbin work edit screen of THE Dream Machine 2 shows the options available for editing the selected design. As you can see, many of the editing options are grayed out, indicating that only things like the position, rotation, mirror image and color for bobbin work designs can be changed. Also, the speed the machine stitches can’t be changed either – all bobbin work designs are stitched at a default speed of 350 spm (stitches per minute).

 

The bobbin work edit screen
The bobbin work edit screen

 

I added three more of the same design to the design screen so that all of my embroideries for the setting triangles for my table runner will be stitched on the same piece of fabric. I’ve made sure to position them in the corners as far from the center as possible so that there will be adequate space to cut them apart afterwards.

 

The design screen
The design screen

 

Getting the machine ready for bobbin work

In order to do bobbin work with THE Dream Machine 2, the machine needs to be correctly set up. Please check out my QUILTsocial post from June 7, 2017 where I explain the main steps to preparing for bobbin work. My NQ900 isn’t as fancy as THE Dream Machine 2, but you follow the same basic steps for preparing the machine for bobbin work.

The bobbin work bobbin case for this machine is inserted so that the white arrow on the case is aligned with the white dot on machine.

 

Aligning the bobbin work bobbin case
Aligning the bobbin work bobbin case

 

Put a bobbin wound with decorative or heavy thread into the bobbin case, passing the thread through the tension spring – do not guide the thread through the groove in the needle plate cover otherwise the lower threading cannot be done correctly. Gently pull the bobbin thread up to the top of the needle plate of THE Dream Machine 2.

 

Pull bobbin thread up
Pull bobbin thread up

 

For bobbin work, the stabilizer is attached to the back of the fabric and the fabric is placed with the right side down. The stabilizer is therefore on top of the fabric in the hoop.

 

The stabilizer attached to the back of the fabric
The stabilizer attached to the back of the fabric

 

Mount the embroidery hoop into the embroidery unit of THE Dream Machine 2 in preparation for bobbin work machine embroidery. Since we’re doing machine embroidery bobbin work and not free-motion bobbin work (like I talked about in my June 2017 posts), the embroidery foot “W+” is also attached to the machine.

 

The hoop mounted in THE Dream Machine 2
The hoop mounted in THE Dream Machine 2

 

Now that the machine is all set up and the design has been chosen, we’re all ready to start stitching – see you tomorrow!

 

This is part 2 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 1: 4 simple steps to make fascinating machine embroidered quilt blocks

Go to part 3: 6 basic steps to create awesome bobbin work using THE Dream Machine 2!

 

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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