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Tips, hints and ideas for machine embroidery.


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DESIGN TIP

Before machine embroidery on a project, test stitch the machine embroidery design on muslin or old towels. Embroidery Library

Easy Embroidery Placement Tool

Easy Embroidery Placement Tool

Do you have trouble getting embroidery centered and lined up on shirts? The Embroiderer's Helper tool can help you get the perfect embroidery placement every time! Learn more about this tool! Needlepointers.com Associate

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

Freestanding Lace Designs

When removing water-soluble stabilizer from freestanding lace design, add a drop of two of fabric softener to the water to soften the lace. Creative Machine Embroidery Magazine

HOOPING

Always use a frame closest to the size of your embroidery, the firmer the better. Bizzi B's Embroidery

JUMP STITCHES

Always remove jump stitches before removing the project from the hoop. Creative Machine Embroidery Magazine

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 - 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 STABILIZER SUTSTITUTE (VIDEO)

MACHINE EMBROIDERY STABILIZER SUTSTITUTE (VIDEO)

This tip will show you a stabilizer substitute when embroidering machine embroidery designs. Needlepointers.com

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

SPRAY ADHESIVE TIP

Clean up spray adhesive residue using hand sanitizer gel. It quickly softens the glue and wipes off in a flash. Creative Machine Embroidery Magazine

STABILIZER

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

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 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 Embroidery

Stabilizer Rolls Storage

Use a wooden or metal wine rack to store stabilizer rolls. Creative Machine Embroidery

Stabilizer Scraps Tip

Stabilizer Scraps Tip

Don't waste stabilizer scraps after machine embroidering a project! Use them. Watch this quick tip to learn how. Needlepointers.com Staff

Stabilizer Storage

Stabilizer Storage

A quick tip on how to storage machine embroidery stabilizer. Needlepointers.com

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

STIPPLING

When you are machine stippling, use bankers' rubber fingertips to keep hold of your material. Embroidery Library Projects

THREAD

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

THREAD BREAKING

When embroidering dense designs and the thread breaks, reduce the machine speed for best results. Creative Machine Embroidery

THREAD CARE

Keep your embroidery thread out of direct sunlight. Embroidery Library Projects

THREAD ORGANIZATION

THREAD ORGANIZATION

How to organize thread when machine embroidering. Needlepointers.com

WATER SOLUBLE STABILIZER

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





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