by asterixsew Moderator 30 Oct 2016

A question. Do embroidery machines have a sensor that detects when we are not giving 100% attention while they are sewing? If so please where is it so I can turn it off?


by katydid 01 Nov 2016

Yes , mine does!! If I am serging or sewing then my embroidery machine does nor have my full attention and an all H--- breaks loose. Kay

by Patricia109 31 Oct 2016

We discussed this problem when I was attending classes.
A very serious matter, though it does seem ridiculous.
I remember one time, one of the young lasses had to go to the loo. She asked the rest of the class to carefully monitor her machine while she was away as it did not like her leaving its side at home. That meant we all knew that her machine KNEW that it was being babysat.
No problems occurred.
If this wasn't done the machine played up, which it did a few other occasions that she left its side
Seems they need to know that someone is watching all the time.
My machine likes me to sit with my cats and watch it. One of my girls loves watching it stitch. The machine always behaves when she is there. :-)
Dennis, your turn will come! (& anyone else who has not experienced this phenomenon)

by gerryvb 31 Oct 2016

oh I hoped someone was able to explain where that sensor is hiding......finally someone who asked here, but so disappointing no one knows....
I agree with you, my machine always notices when I leave the room ........
But thank you for asking !!

by smokeythecat 31 Oct 2016

Mine seems to have faulty wires. Sometimes it's happy to finish several thousand stitches when I've left to go to the store, but it gets super touchy at times and activates from nothing more than picking up my phone to text someone...

smokeythecat by smokeythecat 31 Oct 2016

Wow I sound really irresponsible, setting up another hooping so it can make another ornament piece while I drive a friend home

asterixsew by asterixsew 31 Oct 2016

Now do you leave Smokey in charge?

by dee 31 Oct 2016

What a good laugh for today. I talk to mine all the time. I also talk to the computer and TV. Glad no one is around to hear. You should hear me when I talk to the cell phone. Not a happy camper on that one. Thanks

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asterixsew by asterixsew 31 Oct 2016

I just chat to myself, I get all the replies I want

by sewdoctor 31 Oct 2016

Before I even got to the comments on this, you made me laugh! Of course I too want to know, mine seems to know when I am embroidering for a certain customer, it messes something up EVERY time! Even if I am standing right there...The needle will break and punch a big hole, or the thread will bird nest. So I guess it is universal......let me know if you ever find that switch!

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asterixsew by asterixsew 31 Oct 2016

Yes if I or anyone else finds the switch we will let you know. I too relate to your comments oh holes, broken needles and the like, and it happened after I started this posting on another piece of work.

by dennis999 31 Oct 2016

Caroline.................this post is reaching the same hilarious levels as did the scissor entry. Congratulations on introducing yet another serious topic to the Cutie Debating Forum.

asterixsew by asterixsew 31 Oct 2016

Glad you have enjoyed the read Dennis. Its great to have had so many brilliant replies. Now I must go and look for my lost scissors

dennis999 by dennis999 31 Oct 2016

I suspect that hubby is using them for his DIY work!

by lindav 31 Oct 2016

That's what happens when you give a machine a brain. Unlike all the old machines that only did what we made it do, these highly intelligent "beings" have a mind of their own. Yikes, I don't want to think about the capability of that, though it is Halloween. Wonder if they communicate with others close by. Dare I push that on button today. I think I saw that movie.......

asterixsew by asterixsew 31 Oct 2016

Ha ha, have you tried the switch yet?

lindav by lindav 31 Oct 2016

No, I did not turn the machine on today, Halloween. Will all those little spidery types come flowing out like the movie. We give these things a brain and then we complain when they use it. Dare we guess what the future holds???????

by meganne 31 Oct 2016

I thoroughly cracked up reading all the comments here.

When we lived at Ray's house my sewing room was the back sun room adjoining the kitchen and I could watch my machine through the kitchen window.
Every time I had to leave my machine I would to talk to it through the window saying stupid things like: "I'm still here" or, "I'm watching you" or, "Don't you dare play up" and many other such nonsensical remarks......... until Ray came up behind me one day and asked who I was talking to.
Red faced much!!!! LOL!!!

asterixsew by asterixsew 31 Oct 2016

Glad you have enjoyed the read, there have been some super comments from fellow Cuties. I don't talk to my machine just mutter at myself

katydid by katydid 01 Nov 2016

Does talking help?

meganne by meganne 01 Nov 2016

Oh Absolutely Katy!! I'm sure I have my machines quaking in their bobbin cases, NOT! LOL!!!

by dennis999 31 Oct 2016

Seriously though ladies, it's all a question of which planet your machine was made.......................Mars or Venus. I don't have the problem you describe so you know which planet my machine was made.

pennifold by pennifold 31 Oct 2016

Yes Dennis we can guess! I know my machine definitely has an inbuilt sensor as soon as I go to sew on the "Brother" from another mother he he he!!!! But then again I believe in Fairies,Dragons and Unicorns!!! Luv from your Aussie mate Chris

asterixsew by asterixsew 31 Oct 2016

Dennis I thought you have a Brother PR 1000. I didn't realise it was made on another planet. Chris I have dragons nearby, huge red ones. We have them on the Welsh flag

by gerryb 30 Oct 2016

LOL! Me too!!

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asterixsew by asterixsew 31 Oct 2016

looks like we are all searching for the same thing

by lbrow 30 Oct 2016

lol Iwant to know where it is also

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asterixsew by asterixsew 31 Oct 2016

will let you know when the problem is solved

by sewtired 30 Oct 2016

It's definitely not a chair sensor. My computer is to the side of my machine, so while it's doing it's thing, I'm often on my computer or doing something by hand while still sitting there. It just seems to want your full attention. They are so needy!

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asterixsew by asterixsew 31 Oct 2016

yes only full attention works

by mranderson 30 Oct 2016

When our youngest daughter had her first baby I bought a baby monitor for her. When I told her some Cuties used them to watch their embroidery machines she thought I was joking.........I wasn't. Actually I was giving her a hint. I do not think there is a sensor it is all programmed into the machine. My mobile phone has a setting ,Smart Stay, that says the screen stays on as long as you are looking at it. Maybe.....................

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asterixsew by asterixsew 31 Oct 2016

right have you solved our problem

by basketkase 30 Oct 2016

I swear they do, I thought only mine did this......nice to know I am in good company!!!

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asterixsew by asterixsew 31 Oct 2016

Yes you are in good company

by greysewist Moderator 30 Oct 2016

Have you noticed that it's also the only time a hoop will unspring/come apart, when you dare tempt fate by walking away?

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asterixsew by asterixsew 31 Oct 2016

Yes it must be all part of the same workings / sensor

by greysewist Moderator 30 Oct 2016

Yes, I'd say its the same one that tells the 3 dogs I'm currently walking when I avert my eyes to look at a tree or something and they choose then to cross in front of me! Maybe embroidery machines are conscientious objectors to multi-tasking?

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asterixsew by asterixsew 31 Oct 2016

Oh that sounds a bit dangerous. I do like your last comment I must remember that

by Smokey12 30 Oct 2016

I asked my dealer about that when I had a machine serviced. He said it is a freebie that the makers put in to make sure we behave and give our full attention to our expensive babies. I could live without it.

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asterixsew by asterixsew 31 Oct 2016

Me too and everyone else here by the remarks

by graceandham 30 Oct 2016

In a class I took, we were talking about phrases that could go on an embroidery quilt or shirt. I was new to embroidery at the time and I didn't understand, "Don't walk away." But now I do! Some of the others were more helpful - "Upper tension IS lower tension", ( so rethread both if you rethread one). "Would you like a do-over?" (Re-stitch right over the previous lumpy stitching.) My favorite: "Put a cross on it first, so everything turns out right."

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asterixsew by asterixsew 31 Oct 2016

I have not heard the last comment before I haven't been to any classes as there are none available where I live. I do have lots of useful help via the phone from my dealer

by rescuer Moderator 30 Oct 2016

At first I thought it was my chair (sensor when I stand up) but I replaced the chair. It doesn't matter which machine I use, I must be sitting and watching the whole time! I think it is an internal button, inside us. It is located in the same area of the brain as the one that infants have when they know you are sitting, resting, or ready for sleep.

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asterixsew by asterixsew 30 Oct 2016

A interesting theory that the sensor is in the chair. Not thought of that so I'll look into that idea further

by maisiebo 30 Oct 2016

I don't have the nerve to even glance away from mine I watch every stitch

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asterixsew by asterixsew 30 Oct 2016

My machine went mad and I only glanced away and moved up the bench I was on - then disaster

by queenofhearts 30 Oct 2016

Mine misbehaves even when I sit with it so I don't have the answer.

asterixsew by asterixsew 30 Oct 2016

Oh dear. Congrats on 19000 flowers

queenofhearts by queenofhearts 31 Oct 2016

Thank you, I was watching for the number to turn but missed it by 2.

by 02kar Moderator 30 Oct 2016

And this is why I am constantly talking to my machine. I promise it only has another fill in the blank stitches to finish, that I am only going to the other side of the room. And so on. It seems to help. My Mollie and Lizzie seem to behave better when I talk. And people who don't embroider will read these comments and think we are all nuts. Little do they know...

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asterixsew by asterixsew 30 Oct 2016

Don't think I talk to the machines just to myself

by carolpountney 30 Oct 2016

Oh dear yes I dare not move away from mine very attached it is can't find the umbilical cord

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asterixsew by asterixsew 30 Oct 2016

Ha ha

by PeggyJ 30 Oct 2016

You are so funny! Seriously, I've looked and don't find any turn off for this feature. So true they want to get naughty when one's head is turned. Actually, so enjoy watching it sew out.

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asterixsew by asterixsew 30 Oct 2016

Hi Peggy not sure how long you have been a member here but Welcome. I love watching the sewing out process but today I turned away for a split second and ******. Keep enjoying the fun and laughter plus the embroidery here

by dennis999 30 Oct 2016

It's all down to the quality of the coal that you fire the boiler with..................well, that's what my manual says!

asterixsew by asterixsew 30 Oct 2016

Ah do you think that the sudden nesting/stopping is due to poor quality coal? I wasn't aware that my machine needed coal. Must pick up a bag full when next in south Wales, then I will let you know the outcome

mops by mops 30 Oct 2016


rescuer by rescuer 30 Oct 2016

I'm guessing my coal dealer shorted me on my order. We have good quality coal here -- I will speak to the delivery boy. Meanwhile, I will expect a deliver of high quality coal for Christmas. ;)

asterixsew by asterixsew 30 Oct 2016

Anthracite, smokeless or ?

gerryb by gerryb 30 Oct 2016

Rescuer, you've been too good to get coal in your stocking!

by zoefzoef 30 Oct 2016

yes they do !! & how to turn it off : just somehow that part of the manual is not printed clearly..

bevintex by bevintex 30 Oct 2016

I think I'm missing that page

asterixsew by asterixsew 30 Oct 2016

Me too

lbrow by lbrow 30 Oct 2016

thats the page I spilled my coffee on

by crafter2243 Moderator 30 Oct 2016

Let me know when you found it. My machine must have 2. One additional just for back up. It rarely fails

asterixsew by asterixsew 30 Oct 2016

Oh dear I wasn't aware there were 2 buttons on some machines

bevintex by bevintex 30 Oct 2016

fast and faster

by dragonflyer 30 Oct 2016

....just like a two year old...they're can't take your eyes off either of them!

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asterixsew by asterixsew 30 Oct 2016

Mmmm yes

by AuntAnnie 30 Oct 2016

Have yet to locate the off button to this feature. I wish the designers/manufacturers would not include this feature as it would make our machines less costly to purchase and operate. ;)

asterixsew by asterixsew 30 Oct 2016


Patricia109 by Patricia109 31 Oct 2016

Can't be done!
The service and sales people NEED your money!! :-)

by bevintex 30 Oct 2016

Sometimes I think they are built in but without an "OFF" button

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by airyfairy 30 Oct 2016

Me thinks that something might have happened...........

asterixsew by asterixsew 30 Oct 2016

Yes it did I turned my head and moved about 2 feet / 2metres and my dear machine threw a hissy fit which took a while to unpick

airyfairy by airyfairy 31 Oct 2016

Such a nuisance when that happens

meganne by meganne 31 Oct 2016

And you told it a fib?
2 metres is 6 ft 6 inches, so if you told it you were only going to be 2 feet away and you actually went over 6 feet away, it was paying you back for telling it a furfy. :-) LOL!!!!