Tips and advice for machine embroidery beginners
mastering this craft is easier than you might think. To help you become an expert in this popular pastime, we've gathered some valuable advice and guidance. So take your time, study carefully, and get ready for hours of successful stitching!
Purchasing the Right Embroidery Supplies:
After acquiring your machine, the first step is to invest in high-quality supplies. The essentials include thread, bobbins, backing (also known as stabilizer), needles, and good quality scissors. These basics will get you started. For detailed information on what to purchase, please refer to our other blogs.
When buying embroidery supplies, it's crucial to opt for quality products specifically designed for machine embroidery. Ensure they are compatible with your machine and obtained from reputable sources, such as AllStitch Embroidery Supplies. Most embroidery supplies available on the market work with both home and commercial machines. However, a few specialized items, like needles and bobbins, may be machine-specific. If you're unsure about what to buy, consult your manual, dealer, or fellow embroiderers for guidance.
Read and Understand Your Machine Manual:
The user manual accompanying your embroidery machine contains a wealth of valuable information on how to use it properly and effectively. It covers topics such as threading the machine, changing needles or bobbins, using stabilizers or backings correctly, and more.
Your machine manual will explain the various stitches and embroidery patterns your machine can create, along with instructions on how to access them. This knowledge will help you select the right stitch for your project and ensure professional-looking designs.
At times, issues may arise with your embroidery machine.
The manual provides helpful troubleshooting tips and guidelines for fixing common problems, allowing you to swiftly resolve issues and get back to your embroidery work. In some cases, seeking assistance from an embroidery Facebook group might be beneficial, but we'll address that later.
Master the Art of Hooping:
Many beginners neglect to learn proper hooping techniques and end up "floating" everything they embroider. Floating refers to hooping only the embroidery backing and then attaching the item to be embroidered to the hooped backing using adhesive or basting stitches.
While floating works well for bulky items that are challenging to hoop directly, for most embroidery projects, hooping the garment itself provides greater stability and results in a superior finished product. Ensure you select the appropriate hoop size for the job. The smallest hoop that accommodates the design will offer the best stability. Once you have the right hoop, it's time to choose your backing.
To hoop with ease, ensure that the stabilizer you use is large enough to fit your hoop. Before purchasing precut sheets, measure the outside dimensions of your hoop and buy a size that is at least 1 inch larger than your hoop in both directions.
The general rule for hooping is to keep the fabric taut, like a tambourine skin, but avoid stretching it. Stretching the fabric during hooping can lead to distortion and puckering once you remove the embroidery from the hoop.
Avoid digitizing and buy quality designs:
Digitizing is the process of converting a design into a set of digital instructions that your embroidery machine can understand. Digitizing is a skill in its own right that takes time to master. As a beginner, it's advisable to concentrate on using your machine and leave digitizing to the experts.
Poorly digitized patterns will result in mediocre sewing quality. Numerous websites offer digitized embroidery designs for sale, as well as digitizers that can convert your custom designs or logos, but not all are of high quality. Fineryembroidery only offers embroidery designs collections that have been digitized and tested by experts.