It's not because the machine costs a bundle, well yes, it partially is...but not really...
Do you want to know what I know???? Yes? It actually all comes down to FEAR of being ALONE.
As usual, I was pushing the limits of my 730 Bernina, and I thought to myself, "What if this goes wrong and...Well, silly you can just have your boss fix it." Sound familiar? When you broke something and couldn't figure out how to fix it you ran screaming to Mom or Dad and said, "Fix!"
I am very ashamed to say that I do that with Cathy, but in all honesty it has made me a better embroiderer.
Just like a kid, I know I will get an ear full if I do something wrong (Lord knows I did the last time, when I couldn't figure out why my machine was skipping stitches and when we pulled the cover off the cats had tossed a pin in the uptake hook....cringe...). Yes, the cats "help" me embroider, and oh boy did they EVER help that time. I had absent mindlessly placed a pin on the machine and when I came back from getting a cup of coffee, my cat was in my chair and my pin was no where to be found... I thought I was loosing it...until a little later when saw the results...
But anyway I do digress. Look, kids do this all the time, they try stuff out, fall down get up again and try again. And if they really get stuck doesn't work they go for support... They have a GREAT support system around them. Its called Mom and Dad. They are NEVER alone when it comes to stuff that goes wrong.
When I was embroidering on what I will LOOSELY call "fabric" for the upcoming class, I was petrified of debris or other stuff getting into the hook system...then I realized I had support. I was NOT alone! This is what a dealer with an ONSITE technician will give you...My dealer just happens to be my boss. You will be so much better off if you buy a machine from a dealer that has a good on site tech that may give you a dope slap but will help you get out of a sticky problem.
Computers are the same... folks, I know that these things are scary. Honestly, these machines are more and more touchy as the years roll on. My new MacBook Pro does the oddest things when I inadvertently hit the touch pad mouse... but when it is all said and done I have some kick butt support at Apple and I will not hesitate to call them if I need to.
I may not longer be a "kid", but having the right support around me allows me to grow and learn faster than those that surround themselves with fear.
Moral of this blog? Get a computer that has a good support contract, and then PLAY! Buy your embroidery machine from a dealer CLOSE TO YOU that has a TECHNICIAN onsite and that you can talk to then try different materials like balsa wood or burlap to have fun with!
The sky is the limit for those of us with support!
Now, go create something fabulous!!!