Newbie looking for help
Please help me figure out what I need. (I went to my local embroidery shop, but it didn't seem like the guy knew much about embroidery or what would work for my project, although he discussed sewing machines knowledgeably with another customer.)
I need to embroider knit sweater sleeves. The actual embroidery work size would be about 7"x5" (or 6.5"x4.5"), but a little larger capacity would be fine. So a machine that has 4"x4" capacity will not work? Or can a 4"x4" machine be upgraded simply by adding a larger hoop?
The material is knit, about 1/8" uncompressed single thickness and 1/4" 2 layers. The sleeves are not yet attached to the sweater, but they are otherwise complete.
The sweater sleeve is stretchable. I don't want to stretch it too much on the hoop since that would distort the embroidery work.
Do I need some kind of "backing material" under the fabric to keep it from sagging? Do I need any kind of a "cover material" over it to keep it "flat enough" for embroidery work? If these materials are needed, what are they called, how much do they cost and can they be used more than once?
I have looked at a Singer Futura CE-100 combo machine with 4.5"x6.75" capacity and direct USB hook-up. Seems good to me for the price. (I don't need a sewing machine). Would this machine get it done for me? Is this machine slow? I don't want to spend a lot of coin until I find out if I will be doing more of these.
Based on info I have provided, would there be some other machine that would be a better fit? I looked at a Brother SE270, but the specs say 4"x4" max embroidering area.
If using a hoop with a stretchable knit will require a "backing material", are there different kinds of machines that do not require a backing material?
I would greatly value any help you can provide, even if you don't know the answer to every one of my 1000 questions! :)