Remember when I could just pump out embroidered towels like they were nothing? Well, today was not one of those days.
Needing four more towels and enjoying a day that didn't involve the heating pad, I dug out several towels from my stash, and almost thought my spending ban was in trouble. The "reader" that copies designs onto cards that can then be inserted into my embroidery machine wasn't reading the card. As everything else I have from Husqvarna has had issues, I was worried that the reader had now reached the end of it's life cycle (because while accessories are wildly expensive, Husqvarna generally carries pathetic 90-day warranties on them). Again and again I tried, rebooting my computer twice. I finally pulled the card out, carefully wiped it off, blew gently into the reader, and turned it upside down in case I missed any lint, and that finally got it to work. Notice that at no time did it occur to me to contact Husqvarna to ask for help--we all know how that has worked for me in the past. The reassuring thing is that my little box has a "Made in Sweden" sticker on it, so that makes me a little less nervous. Most of what I own predates their move of production to China, so I made the "non-crap" cutoff at least. But for about two hours I wondered if I was going to have to find a loophole to stalk Ebay to find a replacement for the reader, as my machine can't embroider without it.
Once I finally got the designs transferred, I first managed to not click the hoop into place correctly after some readjustments, which led to this:
Well, why not? Because next (and this finally wasn't actually my fault), it created TWO big snarls when I tried to embroider the "s," finally causing so much damage to the towel that we now have a towel that reads
After such a fiasco, I decided I needed a little "treat" (especially since martinis are currently off-limits because of the meds), so I decided to try one of the new ornament designs I bought for next year:
While the machine was pumping out the nice little ornament, the beaded lace scarf got some attention: