Back to the Basics: Using Machine Embroidery – Tips for the New & Experienced

Happy Holidays!  I can hear your machines humming all the way from here in Little Washington!

When you finally sit down tonight to rest, I thought you would like to read my three easy back to the basics tips. These are very simple, but sometimes they are the things that I forget in the mad rush to get things done! Hopefully, these will help everything run smoothly for your machine in the final weeks of the year.

(Disclaimer:  I am not an authority in any way but have been working with machine embroidery for over 15 years.  Most of what I have learned has been from trial and error, from friends in the industry, and from my local sewing shop.)

  • Always stitch out a new design on a test swatch of fabric, similar to the actual item you plan to embroider. This can save you from a costly mistake on your last pink tote, or grandmothers’ linen handkerchief.

 

  • Thread Quality – If you are going to splurge on anything in your embroidery supplies – trust me that this is where to do it.  I did not believe it at first, but it does make such a difference with every machine – from the top of the line down to the very basic.  There are times when you have to use what you have but when you are purchasing for a special project or for a customer – choose the best that you can afford.  The money you spend on a cheaper thread is a waste of time and money!

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  • Did you know that there is a different needle for knit, linen, and canvas? It was one of those things I learned when I first bought my machine but sometimes forget-  choose the right needle! When a thread keeps breaking after the third time of rethreading the machine, stop and ask yourself when was the last time I changed the needle? Or, am I using the right needle for the fabric that I’m sewing on?
    • We use Organ Needles in our warehouse and I use them at home as well.  The most important needle change to me is using a Ball Point needle for knits! This makes a huge difference in the finished product.  Every needle company has a chart for their needles – print it out and use it!

 

  • Connect with others! Whether you are doing this as a business or as a hobby-join with others on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.  I have great friends that I have met through social media that have lots of experience in lots of different areas. One of the great things about machine embroidery is that there is always more than one way to approach a project and most likely someone has figured a way to do it!  Always ask your support group because you too will one day figure out a way to monogram that odd-shaped project that will help someone else down the road!

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I love to follow Embroiders and Embroidery Designers on IG & Facebook!  A few of my favorites are Apex Embroidery, Deshler Designs, Bowen House Embroidery, Wildwood Stitchery, Shuler Studio, M.Stuart Monograms, The Lettered Hen, Herrington Designs, Southern Stitched Designs, Katie Gardner, Busy Bee Gift, Herrington Designs and Monogram Mary.

If I am not following you please tag me here and share your favorite monogram tip!  I would love to follow you.

My hope for you this busy Christmas season is no broken needles, smooth thread and beautiful monograms for you, your loved ones and customers!

Merry Christmas and Happy Stitching!

Rae Marie

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Back to the Basics: Using Machine Embroidery – Tips for the New & Experienced”

  1. Great tips! Any suggestions on hooping unusual items (like the small bags in the photo) if you’re working with a non-commercial machine?

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    1. Sometimes if you can turn the item inside out that can allow you get the item hooped easier. Also I use sticky stability and pin, pin, pin. Also consider turning a design 180 or 90 degees to get a different angle on your item. Thanks for asking! Would love to hear others thoughts on this as well! 🧵

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