How to embroider with a sewing machine?! Is it a dream or nightmare or the title is wrong? No, sir this is neither a dream nor a nightmare rather a reality. A reality about what you might have been unaware so far.
Actually, everything is possible with proper knowledge and skill. This is why people collect diamonds out of coal mine and rocket goes into the space crossing the powerful gravity.
However, we are not here to present you with scientific exploration rather to show you the path of embroidery using sewing machine. We guarantee once you learn the following guideline and make an experiment with it none can get the untold trick.
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How to embroider with a sewing machine? Learn with us!
Embroidery can be of many types with a wide variety of fabrics. But, in this article, we will be specific to make you understand easily. Therefore, the following part presents you with the embroidery process of a towel. Let’s begin!
- A towel
- A template with anything written on it that you want to embroider on the towel
- Sewing needle (a bit thicker and tougher is more preferable)
- Sharp scissors
Stage 1: Place the template
Cut out the template that you will be fixing to the towel. The two sides of it should have space so that you can keep it fixed easily while embroidering. Now, place the template just on the portion of the towel where you will embroider it.
Take out 4 to 6 pins and use those to stick the template to towel tightly. Don’t pierce the pins through the template writing. Instead, pierce those through the extra space that you have left on two sides and the vacant portion of upper and bottom part.
Stage 2: Set the machine
Before you jump to the main embroider part, it is necessary to bring some changes to the machine’s settings. Otherwise, you will never have the output that you have been expecting.
First of all, choose a zigzag stitch. Decrease the stitch distance to the utmost. Don’t start embroidering with wide zigzag. This will never ascribe a solid look to the embroidery. The reason is – wide zigzag stitch isn’t as tight as it should be for embroidery.
Then, measure the stitch width so that it can coordinate with the letters of the template. In this case, we recommend you to practice the width with a piece of scrap paper or cloth. Until you get the perfect width keep practicing.
Stage 3: Embroider
Once you bring the mentioned changes to the machine settings, it’s time to start the sewing.
At first, place that portion of the towel just under the needle and lower the needle carefully. Here, you must keep in mind that the needle must pierce the template on the left side side.
Keep adjusting the template and fabric until the needle comes near to the corner of a letter line.
Then, keep stitching down the line’s length not drawing the fabric. In case you pull or draw it, the lines will be filled yet but not evenly. As soon as you are at the end of a line, lift the needle and draw out a bit of threading.
Next, use sharp scissors to cut off the thread. While cutting off make sure that you leave thread tail of a few inches.
Repeat the same process for every other letter left.
Stage 4: Hide the thread ends
Hiding the thread ends isn’t as easy as it is in general sewing. However, don’t be worried, we’re still here to brief the process to you very simply.
Do you find any thread tail on the fore part of your embroidery? Then, load the end into a sewing needle and pull it towards the back side of the embroidery. There you will find the second thread tail. Tie the two.
After that, thread the knot through the needle’s eye. Pull it through a section of the rear letter stitching. This prevents the knot from being untied.
Finally, clip off the ends.
Stage 5: Embroider the angular letters
It is never certain that all the letters of your template will be straightforward. Instead, having angular letter is a very normal factor. So, what should you do to embroider the angled letters? Following the above-discussed process! No, this won’t work as satisfactorily as you expect to be.
For angular letters, you must adopt a bit of different strategy. What’s that? Kindly keep following to learn!
Imagine that your template contains a ‘N’ letter. In this case, at first, you must enhance the lines of the angled portions of N. These lines will guide you regarding where to start the angular sections so that you can fill the letter completely while adding the other stitches.
Stage 6: Tear/cut away the paper
When you have embroidered every letter, tear away the paper. Don’t be rough and tough while tearing it away. This may cause damage to the stitches or make those loose.
You can even cut away the paper to ensure more safety of the stitches. But, this process takes a bit more time.
If even after tearing or cutting, a slight portion of template paper is left, then don’t worry. It won’t be anymore as soon as you wash the towel. Before going through the FAQs you can read our article on Screen Printing vs. Embroidery.
Can I use any sewing machine for embroidery purpose?
Ans. Yes, you can, but it is far better to use the machine that features special embroidery features like feet and stitch.
Is it possible to create any embroidery design with a normal sewing machine?
Ans. It’s possible if you know how to create the design.
Should I use stabilizer?
Ans. You should only when you are not designing on a template rather on letters only.
In the end, we believe that your doubt of how to embroider with a sewing machine is no longer in existence. In short, if you know how to embroider in true sense, you can make it possible with any machine. So, at first learn well and have faith in you!