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Embroidery Tips & Techniques Multi-Needle

Multi-Needle Monday: Assigning Thread Colors, Part II

Ever wonder what those little anchors are next to your thread spools on the screen? FirstMN

Just because a needle has a green spool next to it, it doesn’t necessarily mean the needle actually HAS green thread in it. Only you know what’s on the spool pin and you can take the time to tell the machine and the machine will automatically assign that needle to the matching color in a design. Or you can skip the assigning color step and just keep it a secret! Well, not really, you would assign individual numbers manually like we did in last week’s post.  If you do opt to keep it a secret, then you might have some interesting images on the screen when you retrieve an embroidery design. But really, get over this; it’s not a big deal. What is a big deal is assigning a maximum sewing speed for a specific needle.  Now that’s helpful!

When embroidering with metallic thread, set the maximum speed for that needle at a low number, say 400 or 500 stitches per minute to reduce thread breakage.  Even if you set the speed of the entire design (on the main embroidery screen) at its maximum, the machine will remember to slow down when the metallic thread needle is stitching. Here’s how you do it.

Go to page 3 in the Notes section on your machine. 1MN

Touch the first spool. 2MN

Use the arrows to move the cursor through the color chart. 3MN

Once the cursor is positioned over the desired color, touch Set. 4aMN

You’ll notice an anchor appears next to the spool. 6MN

Now use the minus sign to decrease the speed of this needle. 7MN

I set this needle to 400 stitches per minute. 8MN

This is a spool pin that I will consistently thread with metallic thread. If I have standard thread on that pin, I can reassign the speed (by going back to page 3 and touching Reset) or just let it stitch at the slower speed.

How easy was that?

I wish I had taken the time to go through these exercises months ago. I’ve learned so much from writing these posts and working through the steps. Now I’m more confident on these machines than I ever have been and I hope you are too.  There’s still a lot to learn so stay tuned!




  • joanne banko

    Wonderful series Eileen! You have a masterful way of making education and information downright fun! I am sure many machine owners are thanking you for untangling the mystery of the multi needle machine! Thank you so much for putting this all into everyday language.

  • Maga

    I too want to thank you for taking time to do this series of blog posts. I would never have considered buying a multi-needle machine before I read these. I am not a professional embroiderer it is just a hobby for me but now I am certainly going to check out what is available when my combi-machine needs replacing which will happen soon.

  • Clarice Dean

    I’m reading your multi-needle posts with interest. Thank you for the posts! A multi-needle machine is on my want list; I’m learning so much from your posts.

  • Carolyn

    Eileen, you are doing a wonderful job explaining the multi-needle machine. I especially like the “shortcuts” that I had to figure out on my own when I purchased my multi-needle machine. I LOVE my multi-needle. Once, when my PR600II was in the shop, I had to use my single-needle machine for a complex design. It was such so tedious!!

  • Darlene

    You have really taken the fear out of moving up to a multi needle machine. Thank you for these posts.

  • Christine

    I’ve had my multi needle for 3 years and just figuered out how to find the center when using the snap hoop frames. Will you explain that one to your viewers? The machine doesn’t recognize the hoops so it’s very helpful. By the way I love your snap hoops.

    • eileenroche

      I will definitely discuss hooping (standard and magnetic) on a multi-needle machine in future posts.

      • Elizabeth Dauzart

        Please hurry with info on how to center 6 needle in Snap Hoop Monster!!

  • Donna Gauthier

    What do you have for Pfaff machines?

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