Once I bought the embroidery machine I started learning new acronyms. ME is Machine Embroidery. FLS is Free Standing Lace. So now I do ME FSL. I also sell some of these in my Etsy shop.
Here is a picture of a special order I just completed last night.
While I was making the last couple of these I learned a valuable lesson. You would think I should know this already. Change your sewing machine needle on a regular basis! (It is even more important on an embroidery machine.)
Here is what happened:
My machine kept breaking thread frequently. I did all the re-threading and even tried embroidering something else with other thread to no avail. I was so dis-heartened. I thought the machine had developed a fatal flaw. Then, while at work and away from it, I had an epiphany. So when I got home last night, I changed the needle. (duh!) What a difference! Of course, I re-tried one of the threads that was breaking and discovered that it does break even with a new needle. LOL….so that thread will be used elsewhere. Some threads just don't do well with the high speed of an embroidery machine.
Here is another bookmark that I sold on Etsy.