Here’s a picture of my Butterfly 1501B/T with the larger hoop that it can do. The 2nd is the hoop on the Butterfly machine comapred to the largest hoop a SE400 or 6800PRW can do. The last one is a comparison of the hoop size fromt he Butterfly to the entire PE770 machine. Yes, the hoop is bigger than the entire PE770.
I can’t do cool formatting here on tumblr, so you will have to deal with reading about it on a blog post I just posted. Hopefully that answers some of your questions.
Quick answer on cost though: The butterfly machine was about $10k compared to the PE770 at about $600 or the SE400 at about $350.
I get asked to make cutie marks at lots of different sizes for everything from book covers to cosplays to jacket backs. I really liked the recent episode on Daring Do, so I made her cutie mark at 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 inches in size to see how they looked all together.
One of the things I don’t like doing is cutting out pattern pieces for plushies or such. To solve that and to meet my requirement of ‘solve problems while being as cool as possible’, I picked up a laser cutter. It took me quite a while to learn to use, but it cuts fleece and other fabric like butter. I tested it by cutting out all the pieces from Valley Violet's MLP pattern. It takes quite a bit longer than I was expecting (and I have to sit over the machine while it works) but the pieces come out AWESOME. They are a perfect match to the pattern pieces, and are WAY better than if I cut them out myself.
I have more than enough fleece to cut them out for you too. You can pick up a set of the laser cut pieces from my Etsy. There are a few options for all the different pieces needed to make a pony depending on earth, unicorn or pegasus. You will need to have Valley Violet’s pattern to make use of the pieces (and know which pieces to get). Each piece is matched to the pattern, including grain lines, so you don’t have to worry about wasting fabric or aligning pieces the right way; I take care of that for you.
Valley Violet and I are working together to get lots of ponies to cuddle using those new sewing machines you got for the holidays, or gave as presents. If you buy a set of the laser cut pattern pieces, I will send you a coupon code for 33% off a pattern from Valley Violet’s etsy, which you can find here. You can use it to get the P101 pattern, or any other pattern from Valley Violet. Valley Violet is doing the same; if you purchase any of her patterns, she will send you a coupon code good for 33% off of a set of laser cut pattern pieces from me. Whichever one you buy first, you get a coupon for the other one at 33% off. How awesome is that?
Currently, I only have pieces for the P101 pattern, shown above. I will be adding pattern pieces for Valley Violet’s other patterns as I get time to cut out a few of each pattern piece in the different colors.
One of the things I don’t like doing is cutting out pattern pieces for plushies or such. To solve that and to meet the requirement of ‘solve problems while being as cool as possible’, I went and picked up a 40,000 mw laser cutter.
It took quite a while to learn to use, but it cuts fleece and other fabric like butter. I tested it by cutting out all the pieces from Valley Violet’sMLP pattern. It takes quite a bit longer than I was expecting (and I have to sit over the machine while it works) but the pieces come out AWESOME. They are a perfect match to the pattern itself, and are WAY better than if I cut them out myself. The picture is some simple circles that I was doing for testing. I love how everything comes out!
Valley Violet let me put the pieces up in my store, so you don’t have to spend hours cutting out pieces either. It’s a little complicated to order since there are so many options on Valley Violet’spattern; I wish etsy had some more options. I have a few hundred yards of fleece coming in rainbows of colors, so more colors coming soon.
Additional Facts for Coolness: it takes 3% power to cut fleece. At full power, it cuts my wall, especially when I don’t have it aligned right and the beam goes through my wall and into my kitchen.
Sweet, 3 of the red CMC hoodies I made for CurryKatsu and were given to the CMC voice actors have cameo’s in this parody of TweetIt by Michelle Creber, Gabriel Brown, Natalie Sharp, Andrea Libman & Andrew Stein. They are at about 49 seconds in and after (:
can i use your free downloadable design to embroider on things i sell?
All the embroidery designs on my blog are free for download, and can be used for making your own embroidered stuff for your own personal use. You may not sell anything that you make with the designs downloaded from the blog. That may change in the future once the equipment and software I had to buy is paid for.
If you want to put them on something I don’t have in the store and sell it, please send me an email and we can probably figure something out because my goal has always been to make sure everypony could get all the stuff they wanted.
Have some cutie marks. All 4” ones are about 1/2 price for a while so you can get one for Christmas. Use coupon code ‘OMGITSASALE’ on my etsy, which I set up recently.
I kinda like Etsy a bit better than Ecrater when creating a listing. Etsy lets you create options (like size) where I need to create a listing for each size on Ecrater. The bad thing is that Ecrater is basically free for each listing while Etsy is about 40 cents. It would actually be cheaper to buy a web server, buy a domain and create my own website than it would be if I moved entirely to Etsy :/