Upscale Bed Linens

Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog

I love embroidered bed linens. They are such a treat to slide between as you end a long day. Here are some tips for stitching gorgeous machine embroidery designs on sheets.

Tips for Success

• Take the time to prepare the design and the sheets. It’s well worth the effort.

• Purchase an extra pillowcase to test the design before stitching on the sheets.

• Open the band before embroidering to hide the wrong side of the embroidery.

• My stabilizer of choice for sheets is fusible polymesh cut-away stabilizer with a layer of tear-away floating under the hoop. Fine linens are a tight weave and benefit from a strong foundation for the embroidery.

• Insert a new, sharp needle.

• Consider adding a single-letter monogram to the center of the band. Then stitch from the center to the edge on each side.

• Allow some space at each end of the border for some breathing room (aka – room for error).

Here’s a case for prewashing the sheets. Normally, I don’t prewash blanks but sheets really benefit from this prep step. It eliminates the unwanted puckers that often appear after laundering embroidered linens.

Measure the band – from folded edge to stitch line and from selvedge to selvedge. If the band measures 4” (a common size), select a design that is 3” in height so that there will be ½” open space on each side of the design. Once you select a machine embroidery design that is 3” tall, make a note of its length. My design is 3” x 5” and my queen top sheet measures 90” from selvedge to selvedge. I’ll divide 90” by 5”. I’ll need 18 repeats to fill the band.

Hmm…90” is perfectly divided by 5 into 18 repeats. Frankly, that scares me because I’ll have to be absolutely perfect on placement for each of the 18 designs. So I’ll take a little artistic license here and set myself up for success by planning on stitching only 17 repeats. Not only will this relieve some stress, it will probably look more pleasing because the center of a design will be dead center on the band and not the join of two designs. Definitely more desirable in my opinion.

Not that I know how many repeats I’ll need, I will take a seam ripper to the band and release the hem. I know, reverse sewing but it’s so worth it. Next, it’s time to carefully press the band but I will leave the crease of the fold in place because it’s a built-in guideline for squaring the band (sheet) in the hoop.

Cut the fusible polymesh stabilizer into 4” strips and press it to the wrong side of the band.

Fold the sheet in half, selvedge to selvedge to find the center and place a target sticker to mark the center.

Print two templates of the design. Place one template on the target sticker. Make sure the template’s crosshair is aligned with the target sticker’s crosshair. Use a ruler to verify the design is flanked by ½” on each side (from fold crease to hemline).

Select a hoop that will accommodate the design – one or two repeats. Hoop the band with tear-away stabilizer. Center the needle over the target sticker and embroider the design. Place the template on the band, connecting the image to the stitched design. Move the needle to the template’s crosshair. Remove the template and embroider the design.

When it’s time to rehoop, use the template and folded crease to square the sheet in the hoop and continue to fill the band with embroidery.

 

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99 Comments on Upscale Bed Linens

  1. Jacque
    July 5, 2013 at 11:50 am (6 years ago)

    9 hearts

    Reply
    • Beverly Owen
      July 5, 2013 at 11:57 am (6 years ago)

      11 hearts

      Reply
    • Cheryl
      July 5, 2013 at 11:24 pm (6 years ago)

      I see 8 hearts.

      Reply
    • Tanya Flannery
      July 6, 2013 at 10:59 am (6 years ago)

      10

      Reply
    • Jacque`
      July 6, 2013 at 12:08 pm (6 years ago)

      I counted 12 hearts.

      Reply
    • Myrna King
      July 6, 2013 at 1:11 pm (6 years ago)

      I see 8 hearts.

      Reply
    • Angelica Bustos
      July 19, 2013 at 4:15 pm (6 years ago)

      I see 12 Hearts

      Reply
    • Glenda
      November 14, 2013 at 1:49 am (6 years ago)

      I only found 3. I guess I better make an eye exam appt.

      Reply
  2. Vickie
    July 5, 2013 at 11:58 am (6 years ago)

    12 hearts

    Reply
  3. Lorraine
    July 5, 2013 at 12:01 pm (6 years ago)

    7 hearts 🙂

    Reply
  4. Donna Street
    July 5, 2013 at 12:05 pm (6 years ago)

    I believe I found eleven…beautiful scene by the way.

    Reply
  5. Bonnie Griffith
    July 5, 2013 at 12:09 pm (6 years ago)

    I count 12 lovely hearts.

    Reply
  6. Kathy Heath
    July 5, 2013 at 12:18 pm (6 years ago)

    13 hearts

    Reply
  7. Anne Marie Reilly
    July 5, 2013 at 12:20 pm (6 years ago)

    I think it is 20. Beautiful picture.

    Reply
  8. Glenna Allenberg
    July 5, 2013 at 12:21 pm (6 years ago)

    10 hearts

    Reply
  9. Mitzi
    July 5, 2013 at 12:25 pm (6 years ago)

    I see 7 – it depends on how abstract you want to look

    Reply
  10. Vona Thompson
    July 5, 2013 at 12:34 pm (6 years ago)

    7 hearts…I would love to have a copy to hang in my sewing room.

    Reply
  11. Betty
    July 5, 2013 at 12:36 pm (6 years ago)

    11 is what I see

    Reply
  12. Shelly
    July 5, 2013 at 1:09 pm (6 years ago)

    I can only find 6

    Reply
  13. Sandi Cunningham
    July 5, 2013 at 1:30 pm (6 years ago)

    I see 7 lovely hearts!

    Reply
  14. Sandi Cunningham
    July 5, 2013 at 1:31 pm (6 years ago)

    I feel badly that I can’t find the other hearts where folks are saying 10, etc. I’ve stared and stared so someone better show us where they all are when this is done!

    Reply
  15. Sheryl Matthews
    July 5, 2013 at 1:38 pm (6 years ago)

    I see 11 hearts. Very pretty.

    Reply
  16. Sandy Seitz
    July 5, 2013 at 2:28 pm (6 years ago)

    I found 10 hearts.

    Reply
  17. Enis
    July 5, 2013 at 2:36 pm (6 years ago)

    I only see 7.

    Reply
  18. Laurie Sieg
    July 5, 2013 at 2:58 pm (6 years ago)

    I see 11. Beautiful picture too.

    Reply
  19. Jennifer P
    July 5, 2013 at 3:05 pm (6 years ago)

    I must be blind ‘cuz I see only 5.

    Reply
  20. Carolyn H
    July 5, 2013 at 3:15 pm (6 years ago)

    There are 7 hearts.

    Reply
  21. Kimeran
    July 5, 2013 at 4:26 pm (6 years ago)

    Twelve

    Reply
  22. Jo of So TX
    July 5, 2013 at 5:32 pm (6 years ago)

    I think I found 20

    Reply
  23. Mary Haggenmaker
    July 5, 2013 at 5:59 pm (6 years ago)

    I’ve looked and looked and the best these poor old eyeballs can come up with is 9.

    Reply
  24. Kay Bovim
    July 5, 2013 at 7:17 pm (6 years ago)

    I can see 7.

    Reply
  25. susan patrick
    July 5, 2013 at 7:40 pm (6 years ago)

    There are 11

    Reply
  26. Sherrie Lilly
    July 5, 2013 at 7:50 pm (6 years ago)

    My old eyes see 7.

    Reply
  27. Frances Powell
    July 5, 2013 at 8:24 pm (6 years ago)

    I found 8 hearts. I also found some areas that looked like they were partial hearts.

    Reply
  28. judit z
    July 5, 2013 at 9:32 pm (6 years ago)

    Counted 7 juditz

    Reply
  29. Garilyn
    July 5, 2013 at 9:37 pm (6 years ago)

    I’m going with 8.

    Reply
  30. Kathy e.
    July 5, 2013 at 9:42 pm (6 years ago)

    I found 27 beautiful hearts.

    Reply
  31. Elaine
    July 5, 2013 at 9:45 pm (6 years ago)

    I see 8 that I can definitely say are hearts.

    Reply
  32. Jean Boothe
    July 5, 2013 at 9:46 pm (6 years ago)

    I found 7 hearts.

    Reply
  33. Sandra
    July 5, 2013 at 9:53 pm (6 years ago)

    I see eleven hearts,

    Reply
  34. Casie Williams
    July 5, 2013 at 9:57 pm (6 years ago)

    I see seven — that’s what I get for being concrete instead of abstract. 😀

    Reply
  35. Renata
    July 5, 2013 at 9:59 pm (6 years ago)

    I counted eight!

    Reply
  36. Coleen Bunner
    July 5, 2013 at 10:25 pm (6 years ago)

    I can only find 10

    Reply
  37. Gail Beam
    July 5, 2013 at 10:38 pm (6 years ago)

    I think I see 8.

    Reply
  38. Becky3580
    July 5, 2013 at 10:45 pm (6 years ago)

    I can easily see 12 but there might be more.
    Thanks for a good blog with helpful information.

    Reply
  39. Barbara Giamportone
    July 5, 2013 at 10:55 pm (6 years ago)

    I spy 7 hearts. What a beautiful vista. Very challenging tho.

    Reply
  40. Cheryl
    July 5, 2013 at 11:24 pm (6 years ago)

    I see 8 hearts

    Reply
  41. CY
    July 5, 2013 at 11:44 pm (6 years ago)

    I see 6 hearts.

    Reply
  42. Judy G
    July 6, 2013 at 12:12 am (6 years ago)

    Ten

    Reply
  43. Sharon O
    July 6, 2013 at 1:15 am (6 years ago)

    I found 10.

    Reply
  44. Beth R
    July 6, 2013 at 6:25 am (6 years ago)

    I see 7.

    Reply
  45. Linda Epting
    July 6, 2013 at 6:38 am (6 years ago)

    7 hearts

    Reply
  46. Kathy Matchett
    July 6, 2013 at 7:21 am (6 years ago)

    I found 8 hearts

    Reply
  47. susan b
    July 6, 2013 at 7:44 am (6 years ago)

    I see 13 hearts

    Reply
  48. Kathy
    July 6, 2013 at 8:19 am (6 years ago)

    I see 7.

    Reply
  49. Debbie
    July 6, 2013 at 8:31 am (6 years ago)

    I found 5 hearts

    Reply
  50. Mary Jessie Lowe
    July 6, 2013 at 8:33 am (6 years ago)

    I found 8

    Reply
  51. Anne
    July 6, 2013 at 9:11 am (6 years ago)

    I found 12

    Reply
  52. Phyllis
    July 6, 2013 at 10:03 am (6 years ago)

    I found 13, there may be more but that is what I can find.

    Reply
  53. Glenda
    July 6, 2013 at 10:36 am (6 years ago)

    Seven hearts.

    Reply
  54. Mary Ann
    July 6, 2013 at 11:19 am (6 years ago)

    I see 7 hearts. I’d love to see where all of them are at the end.

    Reply
  55. Fonda
    July 6, 2013 at 11:25 am (6 years ago)

    I see 7..

    Reply
  56. cynthia
    July 6, 2013 at 11:28 am (6 years ago)

    10 hearts

    Reply
  57. Jacque`
    July 6, 2013 at 12:09 pm (6 years ago)

    I count 12 hearts.

    Reply
  58. Diane S.
    July 6, 2013 at 12:58 pm (6 years ago)

    I see 10 hearts.

    Reply
  59. Jackie Ames
    July 6, 2013 at 1:13 pm (6 years ago)

    I see 16

    Reply
  60. Deborah
    July 6, 2013 at 3:49 pm (6 years ago)

    I think I see 11 hearts… please show us the correct number in the end.

    Reply
  61. Sharon Brockhouse
    July 6, 2013 at 5:59 pm (6 years ago)

    11 hearts

    Reply
  62. Kris Jacobson
    July 6, 2013 at 6:35 pm (6 years ago)

    I only saw 10 hearts

    Reply
  63. Mary G.
    July 6, 2013 at 6:56 pm (6 years ago)

    Beautiful picture – I counted 11 hearts.

    Reply
  64. Margaret
    July 6, 2013 at 7:44 pm (6 years ago)

    I see 10 hearts.

    Reply
  65. Karen
    July 6, 2013 at 7:45 pm (6 years ago)

    I found 8.

    Reply
  66. Pam Rohlfs
    July 7, 2013 at 11:07 am (6 years ago)

    20 hearts

    Reply
  67. Debbie
    July 7, 2013 at 11:32 am (6 years ago)

    I see 10

    Reply
  68. Patty Schrock
    July 7, 2013 at 3:35 pm (6 years ago)

    Well, I think I see 11. Might be crosseyed but I’m going with 11!

    Reply
  69. Barb Miller
    July 7, 2013 at 9:50 pm (6 years ago)

    Nine hearts

    Reply
  70. Kristina
    July 8, 2013 at 9:37 am (6 years ago)

    I only find 7 hearts.

    Reply
  71. Cheryl Lindemann
    July 8, 2013 at 8:59 pm (6 years ago)

    I found 14 hearts!! Beautiful picture!

    Reply
  72. Connie W.
    July 9, 2013 at 6:30 am (6 years ago)

    I definitely found 8 hearts, but as I continued to stare at each area, I could visualize and make just about everything into a heart shape.

    Reply
  73. Patty Sack
    July 9, 2013 at 11:41 am (6 years ago)

    I see 8 hearts easily.

    Reply
  74. annette Rady
    July 9, 2013 at 6:57 pm (6 years ago)

    I think I see 20 hearts… but my eyes could be playing tricks on me. Pretty cool.

    Reply
  75. Vanessa B
    July 9, 2013 at 7:23 pm (6 years ago)

    ut-oh, I only came up with 5 and that was counting the couple as 1, LOL! Thanks!!!

    Reply
  76. SheilaofDC
    July 10, 2013 at 8:31 am (6 years ago)

    I see seven (7) hearts. Lovely picture too.

    Reply
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    July 11, 2013 at 12:14 am (6 years ago)

    I found 8 hearts.

    Reply
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