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How to Ruin Your Embroidery in Five Easy Steps

22nd July 2008

How to Ruin Your Embroidery in Five Easy Steps

Every machine embroiderer knows that creating a perfect piece of machine embroidery is a combination of skill and luck. While we can’t help you out with the luck part, we can certainly point out some obstacles that could ruin your work. We recommend doing the exact opposite of these tips if you want your embroidery to succeed.

Tip #1: Fail to Use the Right Stabilizer – The backing you choose to use can have a huge impact on the success of your finished embroidery. Stable fabrics should generally be embroidered using a tearaway backing. Fabrics that are considered unstable like knit fabrics, generally should be embroidered using cutaway backing. Using the wrong kind of stabilizer for your fabric can lead to outline stitching shifting or puckered or bunched fabric.

Tip #2: Fail to Hoop Your Fabric Properly – Proper hooping ensures your fabric won’t move and stretches it taut so the design stitches more easily. Sloppy hooping or using the wrong sort of hooping technique or, with some fabrics, using a hoop at all, can cause your design to fail.

Tip #3: Fail to Measure Your Garment Properly – One of the easiest ways to ruin a garment you’ve just embroidered is to fail to measure the garment and center the embroidery properly. Failing to mark a placement line on the garment and failing to properly hoop the garment along that line will help to ensure that your embroidery does not appear in the proper place.

Tip #4: Use the Wrong Tension Settings – If the bobbin thread routinely shows through your embroidery you’re probably using the wrong tension settings on your machine. This will go a long way toward spoiling the appearance of your embroidery.

Tip #5: Aim for a Quick Finish – Your embroidery job is almost done and was stitched successfully. If you’re out to ruin the job, you only have one more chance, finishing. A few careless cuts can undo all the work you’ve already done. Make sure you cut quickly and very close to the embroidery. Don’t worry about holding the stabilizer taut, and trim with short, sharp cuts. Using dull scissors is a definitely plus if you are looking to ruin your work.

Obviously, no machine embroiderer wants to ruin a job, particularly not one that could bring money into their shop. If you keep our tips in mind, while remembering to do the exact opposite of what they tell you to do, your embroidery should be completed flawlessly.

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