Sometimes I rush through an embroidery project and don’t take the time to think through each step of the process. Often, this is how mistakes are made. Print this checklist and keep it by your machine as a reminder of the 25 little steps you should take to ensure your embroidery comes out beautifully.
1. Change your needle
2. Use a full sheet of stabilizer not a pieced, taped, glued piece.
3. Clean your bobbin case.
4. Insert a new bobbin.
5. Check your hoop and remove any sticky residue.
6. Select the design and hoop.
7. Print template(s) of the design(s).
8. Place the templates on the garment/item and slide target stickers under the crosshairs.
9. Shoot a digital image of the templates in place in case they become separated from the fabric during the embroidery process.
10. Lay the selected threads on the fabric and view the combination.
11. Stitch a sample of the design on similar (weight, fiber and color) fabric.
12. Listen to the machine. Trouble often lurks around the corner but you can hear it coming your way before disaster strikes. By now, you should be familiar with the machine’s cyclical hum so if you hear something out of the ordinary, stop the machine and investigate.
13. Take a hard look at the test sample and determine if any changes are needed. The fabric should lay flat, outlines should match up, fabric should not bleed through the design (unless specifically digitized for that look) and the colors should be pleasing.
14. Hoop the fabric with stabilizer (if possible). Run your finger across the hooped fabric and make sure it doesn’t snowplow (form ridges in front of your finger). If it does, rehoop and get the fabric taut.
15. Review the template on the hooped fabric and make sure all portions of the design are within the sewing field.
16. Firmly hold the hoop at the attachment and right side of the hoop and slide the hoop onto the machine.
17. Select the design verifying the selection with the template.
18. Place the thread in sequential order on a thread stand or on the machine table.
19. Rotate the design if necessary and position the needle over the template/target sticker’s crosshair.
20. Check the area behind the machine and move any item that could obstruct the movement of the hoop.
21. Remove the template/target sticker and add a topper if required.
22. If your machine has a baste (or fix) feature, use it now.
23. Stitch the design, rethreading as needed.
24. Remove the hoop from the machine, turn the hoop over and clip the basting thread from the wrong side (this protects the fabric).
25. Release the fabric from the hoop, remove any hoop marks by pressing and trim the excess stabilizer.
Do you have certain colors you always seem to be using or does your taste change with the seasons and trends? If so, what are you current top picks? Share your comment with us and you’ll entered to win Machine Embroidery with Confidence by Nancy Zieman and a set of Robison-Anton threads in the colors Mandarin YLW, Coral and Van Gogh Bl.
Last week we asked if you had a funny story to share about purchases you’ve made. We have two lucky winners to announce this week as SewAZ Embroidery Designs graciously donated two $50 shopping sprees. The winners are…Marsha Nelson and Melissa.
marsha nelson said…
“I bought a thingamajig to turn spaghetti straps. Dumb! I don’t wear spaghetti straps. That would be scary. No one I know wears spaghetti straps. It must have been on sale. You know how we all are about sales. Thanks for all the great give-aways and all the creative tips.”
“My biggest downfall to this day is when patterns are on sale for a buck each at Joann Fabric. I can not let that sale pass by. Can I tell you how many dupes I’ve bought? And I don’t even like to sew clothes in the first place!!!”
Congratulations Marsha and Melissa. SewAZ will contact you next week with your coupon codes!