How do you eat an Elephant?

Are you focusing on the Elephant –  the Cost of the Embroidery Equipment?

Maybe you should shift your perspective. Focus on the “Bites” – the Monthly Payments.

See for yourself just how much it would take to put that Happy Embroidery Machine in your workroom.

Check out Red Thread’s Online Payment Calculator. Don’t forget, you don’t have to finance the entire cost of the machine. My best advice? Give Red Thread a call and let them help you explore your options – 877.237.7287.

You can even Apply Online – Apply Now


If you want to talk about it – give me a call. I take calls evenings and weekends, 7 days a week.

I will work with your schedule.


Blanket Appeal Part 1 – Undoing

I recently was given a Monogrammed Throw Blanket to Re-Work. The original Monogram was done with a very wide Satin Stitch. This kind of stitch does not “wear” well as the stitches can be very loose and prone to snagging and pulling. In addition, if you look closely, you can see the loops of the blanket actually beginning to work their way up through the embroidery thread. A Water Soluble Stabilizer (WSS) used as a Topping at the time of the original stitchout held these loops back. With time, and washing, this topping dissolves and is no longer able to hold these loops back. The same thing happens with a Terry Cloth Towel or a napped fabric like the Christmas Stocking featured in previous posts. Even if you don’t wash the item, Water Soluble Stabilizer dries out over time and can become brittle and flake away underneath the embroidery design if there is enough room under the stitches as in the embroidery below.

Fortunately for me, the same thing that makes this stitch style a bad choice for the blanket, makes it a very easy “fix”. I simply slid the tip of my Snip EZ Scissors and Snip, Snip, Snipped my way across, underneath the Bobbin Thread. The Squeeze Action of these Scissors make them a dream to use for cleaning up thread tails on the back of designs as well as this type of project. I especially love these Snips because they are so easy on my hands. My thumbs no longer work well and my fingers are stiffening up. I can use these for extended periods with very little pain in my hands. Even when you have good hands, working regular Scissors for long periods can become quite painful.



Did you know that Happy Embroidery Machines Go To School!

Happy Embroidery Machines are perfect for a variety of School Programs and needs. 

  • Vocational

  • Fashion & Clothing Design

  • Life Skills

  • Booster Programs

Socastee High School has proven it with their Learners at Work Program

Contact me today to see how TEXMAC’s Happy Embroidery Machines can meet your School’s needs.



Stains on your project! Ever happened to you?

Has this ever happened to you? Everything is going along beautifully and out of nowhere – an oil stain on your Embroidery Project!

How do these things happen? And always at the worst possible time! On the worst possible item – one you can’t replace!!!

Well it happened to me on a White Apron I was working on. Happily, I remembered that I had bought something months before that was supposed to remove this kind of stain. I had been shopping in our store here at TEXMAC’S Corporate Offices where I am located. I love shopping in there by the way. Anyway, I was browsing around one day and saw a can of stuff that said it would remove stains and thought,

“Why not, couldn’t hurt to have some on hand, just in case.” 

Now, here I was, the unthinkable, my last white Apron on the shelf and my last Christmas Gift, with a great big Blop of Oil! Just before I panicked and headed for the store to look for another apron I remembered that can of stain remover I had bought so long ago. Now I just had to find that can!

1. I read and followed the directions on the can.

2. I waited for the Powder to dry

3. I just brushed away the Powder and the Oil Stain was completely gone. Gone I tell you!

Look! Not even a hint of stain. It was so easy and quick and did exactly what I needed it to do. PSR Powdered Dry Cleaning Fluid

There will always be a can of PSR on my shelf, just in case . . .  🙂

Come On, Get Happy in Tinley Park, Illinois!

David Hufnagel and I will be at the DAX Show in Tinley Park, IL this month. As always, we will be demonstrating our fabulous Happy Embroidery Machines at the show. I will also be demonstrating the Patch technique I featured in my last post and showed at the Everything Applique Conference last week in Atlanta, Georgia.

If you already own a Happy Embroidery Machine we would love to see you in Owner Class following the Show – be sure to register in advance  – there is a link below for Show Registration and Owner Class Registration.

Show Dates: Friday & Saturday – April 21-22          Show Registration:
Class Date: Sunday – April 23      Owner Class Registration:…/registration_training_chicagoland_20…

Ya’ll come see us!

How do I pick the right Embroidery Machine?

Are you wondering if a Happy Multi Needle Embroidery Machine might be the Right Machine for You?



  • Headquartered in Yamagata, Japan with > 1 Billion in Annual Revenue (2015)
  • Manufacturer of Sewing Machines, Industrial Embroidery Machines and General Industrial & Electrical Machinery
  • Embroidery Machines are manufactured and assembled at Happy’s factory in Yamagata, Japan
  • Frames, drive shafts and castings are manufactured with top grade 1st rolled steel (unlike machines made in China, often made with lower grade scrap metal)
  • Tight AQS (Acceptable Quality Level) controls promote tighter tolerances on machining, and higher quality metal specs on bolts and screws
  • Shared knowledge across world class manufacturing divisions leads to refined platform designs that are lighter and stronger.
  • Lighter, stronger machines – better embroidery quality at high speeds and lower costs, which we pass along to our customers.
  • Happy Japan is a vertical manufacturer and makes its own circuit boards ensuring higher quality materials and a reliable supply of replacement boards.
  • TEXMAC, Inc. and Happy Japan inventories parts for machines sold back to the 1990’s (Most machine brands now only maintain parts for 5 years)



  • A Division of ITOCHU Corporation, a Global 500 Company with >$45 Billion in Annual Revenue (2015)
  • Founded in 1974 and Headquartered in Charlotte, NC with Corporate and Regional Sales & Service Staff
  • The exclusive Distributor of Happy Embroidery Machines in the Americas since 1990 – more than 35 years


  • Customers who purchase their Happy Machine from TEXMAC Receive Free Telephone, Email & Internet Support
    • For as long as they own the machine, no matter how old it gets.
    • NO Club Fees, NO Monthly Service Fee Programs, NO pay by the minute!
  • On-site Service available from TEXMAC’s Employees, Factory Trained Technicians



  • Classroom Training at TEXMAC Headquarters in Charlotte, NC
  • Regional Classroom Training throughout the US
  • Live Webinars
  • Large Video Training Library
  • Phone & Email Support
  • Downloadable Training Materials


  • TEXMACDirect – TEXMAC, Inc’s Parts & Accessories Division
  • Online & Phone Ordering for All Things Embroidery! All Machine Brands!
  • TEXMACDirect is committed to providing the highest quality, competitively priced embroidery accessories and supplies in the market place today.
  • Free shipping on orders of $100 or more.
  • Education Video Library, developed with Industry leaders , developed to help you understand Embroidery and Embroidery Products, Tools & Supplies



Whether you are

  • just starting out,

  • a home-based business,

  • a Boutique Embroidery shop,

  • a production shop,

  • or something else altogether,

Happy has the machine that will fit your needs and budget.





There are no legs on the side of the Sewing Cylinder Arm of the 7 Needle Journey and the 12 Needle Happy – the front of these machines is flat and has no limitation to the width of the item you can embroider!


The 15 Needle HCD2 & HCD2X machines do have legs but they are over 18 inches apart!

And it’s not just wide items! You can embroider all kinds of things easily – yes, I said easily with our Happy Embroidery Machines!








Financing is available for all our equipment, Single Heads and Multi Heads, through Red Thread Financial.


Learn more about the Tax Savings available with your Happy Embroidery Machine Purchase here: Section 179 Tax Savings

Are you thinking about using one of those 0% Finance offers – here are some reasons to re-think that before you buy – or call Red Thread and find out why their program is a much better choice – 877-237-7287

Benefits of Red Thread program over 0% offers:

  • Equipment cost can be inflated on the 0% offers as the dealer has to pay a buy down fee to offer.
  • Red Thread offers a fixed payment/interest rate even if there is a late payment. Late payments on most of the 0% offers cause the interest rate to inflate to rates as high as 29.99% retroactive from day one.
  • Red Thread’s program may offer additional tax write-offs for businesses.
  • Red Thread’s program does not report to the personal credit bureau report since it is considered commercial financing; it won’t hurt your personal debt to income ratio when buying other items like homes and cars.
  • Red Thread’s program helps you build business credit history.
  • The 0% offers will increase the credit card debt reporting on your personal credit bureau. High revolving debt can hurt credit scores and affect future purchases of homes and cars.
  • Red Thread has no cap on equipment cost financing.
  • Red Thread can roll in all soft costs… training, install, delivery, shipping, sales tax, etc.

Red Thread can offer you up to 60 Months with payments as low as $203/month with approved credit


With Overstock Inventory on selected models – Single Head and Multi Head – now is a great time to call for pricing!



alwayshappyMidwest Regional Sales Manager

Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas

Getting Started With Your Happy

Have you asked yourself whether a Happy, Multi Needle Embroidery Machine could be the solution to your Embroidery struggles?

With the Happy Embroidery Machine, we offer commercial quality at better than home market machine prices.

Whether you are

  • just starting out,

  • a home-based business,

  • a Boutique Embroidery shop,

  • a production shop,

  • or something else altogether,

Happy has the machine that will fit your needs and budget.





2, 4, 6, 8 and 12 Head Multi Head Machines



We also offer the training and support that will insure your success in your learning process.



You can watch Videos of the Initial Setup and Embroidery Process here:

7 Needle Journey:

12 Needle Voyager:

15 Needle HCD2:

Have you been tempted by the “0% Financing” programs offered by many Machine Manufacturers & Retail Dealers? Financing is available for our equipment through Red Thread Financial.


Red Thread can offer up to 60 Months with payments as low as $203/month with approved credit.

 I am available 7 days a week to take your calls and emails. You can reach me at 704-393-6532 or 877-335-5206, ext 6532.

Susan McCann, Midwest Regional Sales Manager – Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas

Felt Flags

I am always trying to think of something new and different for display at the Trade Shows. Since I made an Embroidered Snowman Quilt for display at AQS Quilt Week in Des Moines next week, I decided to make matching flags that spell out Happy. These will hang on the opposite wall of our booth.

The video below is the finished Flag Design. I have Step-By-Step pictures at the bottom of this post done when I was still designing the look of the flags so they don’t look the same. Who of us ever finishes the way we start?

This video shows how I “Tweaked” the Star design I used for the border of the finished flags.

Step by Step:

1-Lay the Felt on Tearaway Stabilizer and Embroider the Front
2-Apply Spray Adhesive to a 2nd piece of Felt and press to the Bottom of the hoop. This will hide the back of the Embroidery Design.
3-Repeat the Border Stitch to sew the 2 pieces of felt together and finish with the Buttonhole to hang the flag with.

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4-Remove the Flag from the Hoop – See how nice the back looks!
5-I used a Ripple Blade on my Rotary Cutter for a decorative edge when I trimmed the Flags to size.

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6-Slit the Buttonhole open for hanging.
7-Steam press well to finish and remove ripples.

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All Done!



Final Design – Come see them in person!


Heading for AQS Quilt Week in Des Moines

Well, I am almost ready for AQS Quilt Week in Des Moines, IA – October 5-8. Did I say almost? Maybe it’s more like, “Oh no! I’m not nearly ready. It’s going to take all night, every night to make my vision come true for the booth!” Well, OK, it is somewhere in between the two.

Come see me and see if I managed to pull it all together.

Will you be at the AQS Quilt Week in Des Moines next month?

I will be in a corner booth just outside the Learning Center so be sure and stop in and say hello.

We will have great prices – especially for the AQS Members as part of their “I Am AQS” program.

Call me anytime for a Price Quote – 877-335-5206, Ext 6532 or email me at


Quilting in the Hoop Tension Settings

I received the following question regarding a Quilting in the Hoop YouTube video of mine:

“I found your YouTube videos about quilting in the hoop with a multi needle embroidery machine.  I have a 6 needle machine that I was trying to quilt in the hoop and embroider in a . . . class starting in September.    Do you have any instructions as to setting the bobbin for quilting and then setting the top threads to be balanced like a quilting machine.  I have a separate bobbin with a 40 weight thread but I don’t know how much to loosen the bobbin as well as tightening the top thread tension.  Do you loosen the bobbin first and test or do I need to tighten the top thread at the same time? “

In answer to this question, below is what I did to set up my Happy Embroidery Machine for Quilting in the Hoop, all 3 layers of a Quilt Sandwich (Pieced Top/Batting/Backing):
  • I bought a new Bobbin Case to use just for Quilting in the Hoop. I adjusted the screw on this Case specifically for the Tension required for Quilting in the Hoop. You must buy the case specifically required for your machine.


  • I bought a Towa Bobbin Case Tension Gauge. Sold at 


  • I bought a Thread Tension Gauge for the upper thread settings. I use this for Gauging the Tension during regular embroidery and for Quilting in the Hoop.ThreadTensionGauge
  • I use L Style FIL-TEC MAGNA-GLIDE CLASSIC, pre-wound Bobbins for all my embroidery, including Quilting in the Hoop. The magnetic core creates a consistent tension throughout the entire length of the bobbin spool. I also like the quality of the thread (100% continuous filament polyester). They also stay in the Bobbin Case well and I spend much less time chasing dropped bobbins around my sewing room floor. 🙂 

Now, with my Tools in hand, I could set up the machine for Quilting in the Hoop. Just as I dedicated a Bobbin Case to this process, I dedicated my Needle 1 position on my 15 Needle Happy Embroidery Machine to nothing but Quilting in the Hoop.
When I want to go from embroidery to Quilting it is a very simple process for me. I just use Needle 1 – the Tension Dials on that Needle are always ready for Quilting. All the other needle Tensions are set for standard embroidery. I take the Bobbin Case out of the little zipper bag that has a piece of Batting in it to identify its purpose and pop it in. Voila! My machine is all ready to Quilt.
Whether you are Sewing or Embroidering, there is always a “Tug-of-War” going on between the Top Thread and the Bobbin Thread. In Sewing, you want this war to end in a draw – right at the fabric. As you can see in the Diagram below, your Multi Needle Embroidery Machine is not set up this way. It is set up for a crushing win by the Bobbin Thread. It wins the “Tug-of-War” by pulling the Top Thread down to the underside of the Embroidery Design.


As you can see in this picture of the underside of Embroidered Satin Columns, there is Top Thread on each side of the Column that makes up about 2/3 of the Column, 1/3 on each side. This leaves the Winner, the white Bobbin Thread running down the center 1/3 of the Column. 


Below is a page from our Training Materials for the Happy Machines that explains how to achieve this 1/3 Proper Tension Balance. We just need to Reverse these instructions in order to Loosen that Bobbin Thread’s Tension so that it can start “losing” to the Top Thread and allow itself to be pulled up towards our Quilt Sandwich.


Tension Adjustment Excerpt:

1.Examine the results by looking at the reverse side.  Check each satin sample to ensure there is a white strip of bobbin thread 25%-33% in the
center.  Then, if:
Bobbin strip is very thin or non-existent: that thread is very  loose.   Tighten using the upper tension knob for that needle.

Bobbin strip is a little thin but consistent: thread is slightly  loose.  Tighten using the upper tension knob for that needle.

Bobbin strip is wide to a large degree, some of it being pulled around to the front: That thread is very tight.  Loosen using the
upper tension knob for that needle.
– Bobbin strip is only slightly wide: The thread is slightly over-tight.  Loosen using the lower tensioning knob for that thread.

2.Notes:  Make big adjustmentsWhen tightening or loosening, make several full turns in either direction (turning the knob just a few clicks in either direction will not make any difference in tension.)  Then, re-pull the thread after adjusting to let the new tension setting “set up” through the tensioners and guides.

3.Maintain a balance between the 2 tension knobs.  Do not over-tighten one, leaving the other too loose.  The lower knob should not be tightened to the point that its wheel cannot turn.  Generally, neither knob should be set so tightly that the mounting post protrudes above the knob center.

We still want to achieve balance so we will Loosen the Bobbin Case Tension as well as Tighten the Top Thread Tension Disk. Following the instructions above, Keep adjusting these and test stitching a Quilting Design until you see no Bobbin Thread on Top and no Top Thread on Bottom. I find the easiest way to see this is to create a small Quilt Sandwich by layering Colored Fabric on top my Batting with a piece of White Fabric on the Bottom. Then I use Colored Thread on the Top and White Bobbin Thread. The White Bobbin Thread will show easily on the Colored Top Fabric and the Colored Top Thread will show easily on the White Bottom Fabric. Once I can run a section of the Quilting Design and see no “out of place” threads on either side of my Test Sandwich – I am ready for the real Quilt!
You might be thinking, “Hey! What about those fancy Tension Gauges I just bought?”
I’m glad you asked. Now we use those Gauges to find out what the settings are for our newfound Tension Balance. What Top Tension Setting and what Bobbin Case Tension Setting gave us such beautiful results? Knowing and keeping these numbers will allow you to achieve this beautiful Balance quickly in the future. You might not be able to leave your Needle 1 dedicated to Quilting. You might need to loosen that tension after you finish Quilting and use that needle for regular embroidery. No problem, go right ahead. Then next time you want to Quilt, just pull out your Top Tension Gauge and loosen the Tension until the Gauge reads the Magic Number. 

“Hey! What about that Bobbin Case Tension Gauge? That Expensive one!!!?”

Yes, I know you have a special Bobbin Case just for Quilting. But what if you break it. Or break your regular one and have to change the Tension on your Quilting Case so you can use it for regular Embroidery? What if you get energetic and decide to clean up and organize in your Sewing Room and you can’t find the blame thing!? (Don’t ask me how I know.) If you have to buy a new Bobbin Case, again, you will know the Magic Tension Number to set your new Bobbin Case’s Tension at so that the second time around will go much more quickly than the first.

Here’s a video from on using the Bobbin Case Tension Gauge:

I hope this answers your question and I hope you enjoy Quilting in the Hoop with your Multi Needle Embroidery Machine as much as I do.