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Sep 1

Tips And Basics For Embroidery

Posted on Tuesday, September 1, 2009 in Sewing Machines


Embroidery is like a picture that lightens up the room!embroidery thread

There are new, modern and exciting things to be done and you can think of an imaginative way of embroidery. If you can imagine it, you can embroider it! For many years, ladies have been getting together to hand-embroider any number of items, from quilts to clothes to sheets to curtains and more.  This could be done with and embroidery stitches . Many people have come up with an imaginative way of embroidery.

And this is the amazing thing about embroidery – you can get as imaginative and creative as you want. No one can tell you that your way to embroidery is wrong.You can use a traditional way or an imaginative way of embroidery.

However, hand embroidery is pretty hard unless your really talented and don’t need to use a machine. Make sure you have a embroidery kit to a fall embroidery pattern. Imagine being able to create the detail and decal that you want by being able to embroider it right onto whatever item you want. Also, keep in mind that even if you are not very good at hand-embroidery, you can also try an embroidery machine or the embroidery setting on your sewing machine. No one says that an imaginative way of embroidery has to be done by hand anymore! Get as creative as you want with an embroidery machine!

Whatever you want to have embroidered, you can embroider yourself and you can use whatever imaginative way of embroidery you want! With a little practice, your hand embroidery skills can dramatically improve. Otherwise, you can use an embroidery machine to get the results you’re looking for!

By: Mel C

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Aug 31

Embroidery Tips, Machine Embroidery Thread

Posted on Monday, August 31, 2009 in Sewing Machines

There are many different varieties of sewing threads. Embroidery thread is adventurous and creative.

There are important considerations you have to bear in mind before creating or ordering your own, custom embroidery designs.It is easy to get yourself a hi-tech embroidery machine complete with digitized programs, but the quality of your work will depend on your own artistic instincts and knowledge of specific embroidery techniques.
embroidery threadThe Thread: 
The two main types of embroidery threads are Polyester and Rayon. Though the best looking designs are stitched with Rayon, Polyester is much sturdier than the former. This is because Rayon is very thin in comparison to other thread types, which also makes it hard to adjust tension.

The color of the thread also has to complement the colors in the  embroidery fabric, along with the color of the  fabric. Remember that threads can also appear to be of different shades of color depending upon the angle from which they are viewed. So choose accordingly. For example, less contrast between the colors of the fabric and the design can hide small flaws.


Fill-stitches form different patterns and stitch directions, and cover large areas. Too many stitches will create small gaps and too few will show through the design. So decide what type of design will be most appropriate for your Fill Stitch. Keep in mind that fabric tends to absorb small stitches, so they should be avoided.

Underlay stitches, though often overlooked, plays an important part in the final embroidery quality and design. This is because they stabilize the material held in the embroidery frame. The method in which underlay stitches are sewn into the material also paves the way for the top stitches.

Backing Materials:

The amount of stability and support provided by backing materials often determines the quality of the finished product. Backing materials like Cutaways and Tearaways should be chosen according to the type of garment or fabric used. For example, cutaway backings are ideal for  knit fabric. Tearaways can be great for those who want work quickly done because they are the easiest to use.

The Topping:

Toppings prevent fibers from getting caught in between stitches on some rough textured fabrics such as Fleece. This is made possible by sti 1000 tching the embroidery through the topping, the fabric, and the backing material. Topping such as water-soluble films, when laid over stitches-observing fabric types prevent embroidery stitches from sinking into the fabric.


The most noticeable area of the garment should be chosen as the central location of the embroidery design. However, this may be modified according to the type of garment on which the embroidery is to be applied. For example, the primary location for Short Sleeve Shirts and Long Sleeve Shirts is the Left Chest, but secondary location for Short Sleeves is more appropriate on the Left Arm; while for Long Sleeves, Center Back location looks better. 

By: George Royal

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Aug 31

The Different Types Of Sewing Threads

Posted on Monday, August 31, 2009 in Sewing Machines

thread tips and basicsDifferent types of sewing threads for different projects.

Selecting the right type of threads for any embroidery work is important because the color and texture of the design, and eventually the look of the final product depend on the material and type of thread used. There’s a wide variety of embroidery thread to choose from, so take your time to decide what type or combination should be best for the design you have in mind. More importantly, thread selections should be based on Sewability, Seam Performance and Appearance, Availability and Cost.


1. Rayon: This type of thread has a great sheen, and so the best looking embroidery designs are stitched with it you can also achieve this with embroidery thread. Rayon threads can range from combinations of two or more colors twisted together thereby forming a single strand, to one solid color strand. They are widely available, mostly in standard 40 wt. and 30 wt. Even though Rayon is the most popular type, it’s not very sturdy because of its thinness.

2. Polyester: Polyester thread is more durable than Rayon but it is not as attractive. However, this type of embroidery thread hardly shrinks or fades, and if combined with Rayon, the effect they provide is nearly indistinguishable. It is also cheaper than Rayon thread.

3. Cotton: Cotton thread allows for a wide range of tension adjustments because of its texture. It has a nice sheen, is quite sturdy (though finer threads above 50 wt. are not), and typically used for machine embroidery.

4. Silk: Silk embroidery thread hardly breaks and has its own unique, and probably the best sheen. Threads come in various sizes but their availability is low so they are mostly used for  luxury fabrics

5. Metallic Thread: This type of thread has a core wrapped with a metal foil which may be coated with silver alloy, and color is added to this foil with a polyester film which may also be applied as an undercoating. Metallic thread is one of the most durable available on the market.

6. Mylar Thread: Plies of film are combined into a layer, cut into slices to create Mylar threads. They are durable but may break under high-speed sewing. One unique color feature is holographic hue, which picks up and reflects light or color from other surrounding objects. This really enhances the color and design of the embroidery.

7. Special-effect: Like the name suggests, this type of thread can be used to create different design effects, such as crewel-like effect. Some of the special effect threads change colors under sunlight, or may glow in 1000 the dark.
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1. Tensile Strength: The tensile strength of an embroidery thread can be tested by sawing a suspended strand with another strand back and forth until the first strand breaks. The faster it breaks, the lower the strength and quality of that particular thread type.

2. Elongation: A good thread must have the right amount of stretch. Take a piece of the thread and stretch it till it breaks. The strand should neither break too quickly nor stretch for too long.

3. Sheen: The luster and quality of the sheen can be tested by studying the color and design of a finished embroidery product.

By: George Royal -

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Aug 30

Sewing Machine: Embroidery Patterns

Posted on Sunday, August 30, 2009 in Sewing Machines

 Embroidery machines are great for personal sewing and craft projects.

 patterns and tips for embroideryEmbroidery sewing machines offer both the services of embroidery and sewing in one appliance. Thus, these machines offer the best of both worlds, and are available at attractive prices.

Brief History about Embroidery

 The earliest embroidery was done by hand, following which the process became mechanized with the use of the mechanical  embroidery machine . A sewing machine with or without built-in stitches can be used to "manually" create  embroidery designs on fabric . These manual types of embroidery machines are used very little these days, and mostly for fiber art and quilting projects. This type of embroidery is used to embellish garments, though with decreasing frequency these days. Replacing it is the free machine embroidery process, often called "thread drawing or painting", which is favored by quilters and fabric artists to embellish or to create samples of textile art. Machine embroidery designs are great to use for anything.  However, it is the computerized embroidery sewing machines that have revolutionized the market. They can be used by inputting a pattern, however complicated or intricate it may be, into the machine and getting its exact replica on  fabric . These embroidery sewing machines contain a special software that reads digitized embroidery files. They are extremely popular among professionals, crafters, quilters, and seamstresses, owing to their precision and convenience. They are widely used even by those who enjoy embroidery as a hobby.

The best machines have facilities for both embroidery and sewing. Some of the high-end models come with an inbuilt large color touchscreen, a USB interface, design editing software on the machine, embroidery adviser software, and design file storage system. The embroidery sewing machine prices range from $400 up to the expensive ones costing $2000. Brands that sell this product are Brother, Singer, JAMAC Kenmore and Shark. Commercial embroidery machines are available in the range of 1, 2, 4, 6, 12, 15, and 18 head machines. Industrial embroidery machines can be purchased from between 12 to 56 head models.

There are also several kinds of embroidery softwares available. This variety includes softwares that can convert a photograph into an embroidery design. Some websites offer tools that allow a buyer to customize stock designs, thus eliminating the need to buy a digitizing software.thread and threading tips

While using a computerized sewing machine, one needs to follow these steps to create a design in thread.

  1. The first step is for one to buy or create a digitized embroidery design file. Plenty of design files are available for purchase, as well as those that can be downloaded. Ensure that the designs you buy or download are compatible with your machine. If you have a design in a different format than that which your machine uses, you could convert it using a conversion software. However, if you have your heart set on a specific unusual pattern, you may have to create it. Out of those that are available, you may want to incorporate some changes or combine one, two or even three designs, using an editing software. It will enable you to rotate, scale, move, stretch, distort, split, crop, or duplicate the pattern. Many softwares also enable one to add text and change colors.
  2. Once you have settled on the design you want to use, load the file into the embroidery sewing machine. Transferring can be done through cables, CDs, floppy disks, USB interfaces, or special cards that resemble flash and compact cards.
  3. The next step is to secure the fabric. This needs to be done to ensure neatness and prevent wrinkles in the material and other problems. Where small embroidery designs are being made, the material is hooped, and the hoop is attached to the machine. The machine automatically positions it under the needle. In large designs, one or more pieces of material (such as vinyl, nylon or open mesh), called "stabilizers" or "interfacing" are added under and/or on top of the fabric.
  4. The last and most enjoyable step is to start and watch the machine work its magic. Depending on your machine, you may be required to change threads or cut them.


While deciding which embroidery sewing machine to buy, consider models that are long-lasting and require minimum maintenance. Other qualities to take into consideration are versatility and easy switchover from embroidery to regular stitching functions.

By Marian K
Published: 7/2/2009

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