Words of Wisdom 

Tips, hints and ideas for machine embroidery.

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DESIGNS
Test stitch machine embroidery designs before I use them on muslin or old towels before stitching them on project. Embroidery Library
EMBROIDER READY-MADE GARMENT
When machine embroidering a ready-made garment, roll up excess fabric around the hoop and secure it with safety pins. Creative Machine Embroidery
FREE STANDING LACE
Always use the same thread in the needle as in the bobbin when embroidering lace, since both threads will be visible. Creative Machine Embroidery
JUMP STITCHES
Always remove jump stitches before removing the project from the hoop. Creative Machine Embroidery Magazine
MACHINE EMBROIDERY
It is also a great idea to Keep you water soluble stabilizers in an airtight container or a ziplock bag is very handy. Angelic Stitches
MACHINE EMBROIDERY
Keep your Thread and Machine out of direct sunlight. It can dry and fade your thread but, it can also damage the screen on your machine. Angelic Stitches
MACHINE EMBROIDERY
If your thread breaks a good deal of the time first check to see that your machine is threaded correctly secondly make sure your needle is in good shape. This is also where a good superior thread comes in handy. Angelic Stitches
MACHINE EMBROIDERY
Thread care - Keep your embroidery thread out of direct sunlight. Embroidery Library Projects
MACHINE EMBROIDERY
Stippling - When you are machine stippling, use bankers' rubber fingertips to keep hold of your material. Embroidery Library Projects
MACHINE EMBROIDERY
Stabilizers - Cut-away stabilizers should be used for knit fabrics, thereby preventing the fabric from stretching as the design is sewn. Betsy's Wine Country Designs
MACHINE EMBROIDERY - HOOPING
Always use a frame closest to the size of your embroidery, the firmer the better. Bizzi B's Embroidery
MACHINE EMBROIDERY - JUMP STITCHES
There are usually Jump stitches in embroidery's which are mostly unavoidable, it is easier to trim them after embroidering each color. Bizzi B's Embroidery
MACHINE EMBROIDERY - Thread Hiccups
If you find areas of your completed embroidery where stitches have skipped, or the bobbin thread shows through on the top side of the design, use a permanent Pigma Micron Pen in a matching color to fill in the blank spots of your design. Nancy's Notions
MACHINE EMBROIDERY DESIGN
If the design is dense, it can cause pucker, so consider what fabrics are approriate for the design . Stabilizers can only help so much. Jennys Sewing Studio
MACHINE EMBROIDERY THREAD
Consider the thread you are using and how you will care for the garment after the embroidery is done. Polyester embroidery threads are able to accept bleaching. Rayon threads are more shiny and decorative but not as strong. Jennys Sewing Studio
NEEDLES - USING CORRECT NEEDLE SIZE
Needles come in a variety of sizes to suit the different fabrics you embroider on. Using the correct size needle can greatly effect the outcome of the quality of your project. If you are embroidering on toweling, denim or other thicker fabrics you will need to make sure you are using a heavier duty needle. Likewise if you are embroidering on a light weight material or stretch material you will need a smaller type of needle. Sew With Lisa B.
ORGANIZING MACHINE EMBROIDERY DESIGNS
If the design comes with a printed information sheet, print the sheet and place it in a protective sleeve in a binder. Binder should be organized by categories; such as baby, animals, Christmas, redwork, floral, etc. Needlepointers.com
PRESSING
One of the most important techniques for creating professional look embroidery is pressing. Always press from the wrong side so you do not crush or melt the thread. Creative Machine Embroidery Magazine
STABILIZER
Usually for stretch fabric (like knits) you will use a cut away stabilizer. Since there is a lot of stretch in your fabric you will need a stabilizer that will not stretch in any direction and this is when a good quality cut away stabilizer comes in handy. Best Embroidery
STABILIZER - Did you run out of stabilizer?
Hint: A simple solution is to use coffee filters instead. Needlepointers.com
Stabilizer Rolls
To keep stabilizer rolls organized, place a different colored hair elastic tie around each stabilizer type. Keep a chart handy noting each color and the type of stabilizer. Creative Machine Embroider
Stabilizer Rolls Storage
Use a wooden or metal wine rack to store stabilizer rolls. Creative Machine Embroider
Stabilizer Storage
Do you have trouble storing stabilizers? Do you have trouble identifying the type of stabilizers? A solution is to use empty bathroom or paper towel tubes to storage and identify them. Cut the tube lengthwise, insert the stabilizer into the tube, write the type of stabilizer on the tube. Needlepointers.com
img Stabilizer Storage
A quick tip on how to storage machine embroidery stabilizer. Needlepointers.com
img STABILIZER SUBSTITUTE (Video)
This tip will show you a stabilizer substitute when embroidering machine embroidery designs. This can be used if you run out of stabilizer or as a inexpensive stabilizer when stitching examples of designs.
THREAD BREAKING
When embroidering dense designs and the thread breaks, reduce the machine speed for best results. Creative Machine Embroidery
img THREAD ORGANIZATION
How to organize thread when machine embroidering.

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