Getting your item in the hoop so the machine embroiders where you want it to and not with your name sewn at some weird angle. "Oh by the way dear, no one hoops anymore." WHAT? I didn't get that memo! I've been pulling my hair out for 3 years with the hooping thing. Then the snooty expert at the store says that to me when I asked her advice on a stablilzer. Well, thank the Lord that's over. No more hooping for this girl, lemme tell ya!
Now if you're really the self-destructive type, try to digitize a design yourself. It's so easy. Just buy this little program for many hundred dollars, point & click and it will automatically digitize any design you want. And by cracky, it does. Just look at that. What is it? Oh, well now you have to go in and move around all those little tiny square edit points. And it MIGHT stitch out the way you envisioned. I've been working on something for a couple weeks. I will win. I will not be defeated. I am off to battle now. Wish me luck.