Almost gone are the days where women sat down and embroidered. Today we buy one of the many deals we can find on sewing machines that have embroidery functions. Here are some embroidery machine tips and tricks that can help you with your projects.
While some of these tips seem obvious, they are not always adhered to. First off prewash your fabric. For example, if you are working with cotton, it might shrink, which will cause puckering and possibly warping of the embroidery. Using a spray adhesive is an area of conflict. If you can find a good brand name one, then you should definitely give it a go. These will help you fix your pattern to the fabric but it will not clog up your sewing machine.
Another of the obvious embroidery machine tips and tricks is to use the correct needle and thread for the fabric you will be embroidering. If you don’t do this, the end effect will not look as good and you may harm your machine. Some fabrics that are delicate need a smaller needle. A ball-point needle is great for those stretchy fabrics that are often a pain to use but look great. Thicker material like denim or even leather obviously requires a specialty needle. If you need a thick thread, you can purchase special needles so that thread breakage is minimized.
Have a good look at the design you want to sew. Some designs work better on one fabric than another and can make a huge difference to the quality of the finished work. For example, a flimsy embroidery project on thick wool just isn’t going to work. So choose your material with care and make sure it’s a good fit for the design.
Simple tricks like clipping thread jumps between thread color changes is often easier in the end, although it can be a bore, but it definitely produces a better result. Also the job is done and you are not left with a huge amount of threads to be clipped at the end of your project.
Test sewing is another trick that many never do and then end up either throwing away their work or painstakingly undoing all the threads already sewn. So test sew a new design on a scrap piece of the material you want to use. If you are not satisfied with the result of this, you will be able to make the necessary adjustments (e.g. thread tension) and start again. It is worth it!
If you need to use a hoop, do not stretch the fabric over the hoop. The fabric should be tight but not stretched and never tighten the screws after the fabric is hooped. When the hoop is removed after the embroidery is finished, the fabric will return to its original shape, so if it is stretched, this could cause puckering. Also use the smallest hoop you can but it still needs to enclose the whole design. Larger hoops can mean the fabric becomes distorted or worse, still puckered.
These are only a few embroidery machine tips and tricks but they can make a huge difference.