Tips and Tricks for Better Embroidery
I've been designing for machine embroidery for over 15 years. In that time I've stitched on just about every type of fabric. I've learned a lot and can help you to have better machine embroidery. If you every have any questions feel free to contact me.
Stitching On Knits - There are all types of knit fabrics available on the market. They differ from woven fabrics in that they are created by the yarns looping around each other. In this article I give you the information you need to have great results with machine embroidery on knit fabrics.
Essential Elements Of Embroidery Designs - This article is intended to give you a broad overview of the basic elements in great designs so you can determine quality designs.
More tips, tricks and articles coming soon. In the mean time be sure to check out some of my designs.
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Tools For The Embroiderer
As embroiderers we know we need thread, needles, scissors and stabilizer. In my sewing studio I keep a tool box with a few other tools.
- A natural bristle pastry brush is perfect for dusting the machine and getting into tight spots.
- Forceps are helpful for replacing needles. Long handled tweezers and a small lint roller brush to pick up stray thread pieces and the inevitable dog hair.
- Dental floss is useful for keeping the thread track clear of any broken threads.
- Q-tips and alcohol for quick clean up of the needle and needle plate.
- A magnifying glass is for those moments when the thread won't magically go through the needle.
- Last but not least I keep a small color wheel to help me get the most of my color choices.
Using these tools ensures my embroidery machine is clean so that the embroidery pattern runs smoothly.
Dorene writes she keeps pipe cleaners to clean under the bobbin area and a small LaCross pointed tweezers to help cut the thread jumps. Thanks Dorene!
I'm sure you have tools you also like to use in your sewing room. I'd love to hear what they are!