How to Machine Embroider a T-Shirt

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How to Machine Embroider a T-shirt

T-shirts are one of the most popular outerwear items.

Today, with modern sewing and embroidery machines, you can personalize, monogram and add designs to t-shirts in the comfort of your own home.

Watch this video to learn how to machine embroidery a design on a t-shirt.

Click to watch the How to Machine Embroider a T-Shirt video in Youtube.


Organize threads so they are ready and handy to use as you stitch the design.

Self-adhesive tear-away stabilizer is recommended because it will prevent the t-shirt fabric from stretching out of shape during embroidering.


1. Determine direction of the design and proper placement when hooping
2. Cut stabilizer a little larger than the hoop
3. Turn t-shirt inside out and put self-adhesive tear-away stabilizer on the area that will be embroidered
4. Turn t-shirt right side out and hand press a vertical crease down center of shirt
5. Slide the outer hoop inside the shirt
6. Decide on the placement of the design using the vertical crease as a guide and press the top hoop in place
7. Roll the back of shirt and excess fabric up and around the hoop so it is away from embroidery area
8. Attach embroidery hoop to the machine
9. Check the design placement
10. Stitch the embroidery design
11. Tear away stabilizer
12. To make the inside of the t-shirt softer where the design is located, cut a piece of fusible interfacing the shape of the design or a little larger than the design and fuse it to the inside of the t-shirt. This is especially important for children so stitching will not be rough against their skin.

The t-shirt is now finished and ready to wear.

Have fun creating machine embroidered t-shirts for family and friends. Give them as gifts!

See below for links to some supplies you may need to machine embroider a t-shirt:

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How to Machine Embroider a T-shirt

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