TEXMAC Newsletter   

March 2008  




Introducing HAPPY's
HCR-Series Multi-Heads
The HCR series is the fastest, most user-friendly multi-head system designed by HAPPY.  Read on to find out why the machines (2-8 heads) are already very popular:
- Wide Color LCD
- Onboard help
- Network-ready
- CF card/Jump drive
For full details, be sure to visit www.happyemb.com and click on the link on the front page about our HCR machines. 
  Upcoming Events
We're always up to something, either coming to a show near you or holding training classes, both locally and online, to help our customers become better embroiderers! 
 2/27/08  Online training, Stitch & Sew
 2/27/08  Online training, HCS/HCD machines
 3/20/08  Classroom training, Stitch & Sew Software-   (Tentative)
 3/21/08  Classroom training, HCD-1501 Ops Maintenance- (Tentative)
2/8/08 - 2/10/08    ISS Orlando   Thanks for attending!
3/7/08 - 3/09/08    ISS Atlantic City
Click here to view our complete 2008 schedule
Download of the Month:
Tension Test Designs
These designs, in DST format,
can be downloaded and sewn to test the tension of your machine:

Projects of the Month

Sewing Appliqué

As you learn to sew this
design, you'll find out about some of the built-in features
of your HAPPY machine that make Applique a snap!  To
view the lesson directly, click here.


Better Lettering
by Knowing the Basics
Advice Column

It's important to know these limits when creating stitches: no stitch can be shorter than 1mm (.04 inches) or longer
than 12.7 mm (½ an inch)

This is true for every stitch in a design, no matter what you’re creating, as long as you’re using standard embroidery thread and
a standard-size embroidery
needle.  The 1mm minimum limit  - about the width of an embroidery needle – is the tiniest detail that can be sewn without unwanted problems such as thread breaks and poor sewing quality (such as un-readable text).  The ½ inch maximum is the longest practical distance that can be sewn between 2 stitches without
sewing problems. 

HAPPY Embroidery Machines

Tech Tip of the Month: Upper Tension

Hi Happy Customer,

This month’s tech tip on is how to achieve the proper tension for your machine. While for most experienced operators, proper tension might seem very basic, a surprising number of problems that embroiderers experience (regardless of machine brand) are solved by learning how to properly tension their machine.  If you haven't already learned a good method, you can follow the directions in this article to learn how to test and adjust the thread tension for your 10, 12, or 15-needle embroidery machine, either single-head or multi-head. 

1.  Download the tension test design for your appropriate machine. Example,  if you have a 12 needle machine then download the design "Htest12."

2.  Set Bobbin Tension: Now before we get started we need to make sure the Bobbin Tension is correct first. Click on this link to learn how to correctly set the bobbin tension.

Load the proper H Test design into your machine.

4.  Set the color sequence so that each color change is assigned a different needle.  For best results, set color change #1 to Needle 1, change #2 to Needle 2, change #3 to Needle 3, etc.

5. Hoop 2 to 3 layers of cutaway backing into the 320 x 320 hoop.  This is an ideal sewing material and helps minimize any other factors affecting the results.

6.  Install the hoop and center it on the machine.

7. (As always) trace the design to make sure it is within the hoop before sewing.

8. Run the design.

9. Examine the results: Remove the hoop from the machine and look at the back of the sew-out.  (no need to remove from the hoop) A white stripe of bobbin thread should be visible in the center of each section of satin stitching.  Compare the width of the bobbin thread "stripe" against the width of the colored thread "stripe" surrounding it.  Look for the following:

correct tension: bobbin stripe is 25%-35% of the total width of the satin stitch. 
upper tension too loose: bobbin stripe is significantly narrower than 25% of the width, or non-existent.
upper tension too tight: bobbin stripe significantly wider than 25%-35% of the width.

10.  Make adjustments accordingly:

No bobbin showing: Tighten the upper tension knob 1-2 full turns clockwise.
Bobbin stripe is showing but not wide enough: Tighten the lower tension knob 1/2 to - 1 full turns clockwise.

11.  Re-sew the test in a new location in the hoop and repeat as necessary.   Do not worry about getting exactly 1/3 width in each needle. As long as you have a nice streak of bobbin thread showing, the tension is approximately correct. See the below link for an example of incorrect and correct tension.

You can click here to view an example of the test design sewn, with tension in different states..