Wednesday, December 27, 2017

5 Tips to Learning How to Embroider

Starting anything new can be quite a challenge. This is especially true when it comes to learning how to embroider. However, the payoff can be worth it. If youre looking for a new hobby to give you a creative outlet after a long day in the office, then embroidery is the right step for you. Especially if youre addicted to sewing!

Many people think machine embroidery is difficult. But thats only because they dont give themselves enough time to get accustomed to it. And if you dont have the right tools, it can make the process that much harder. That said, a little help along the way can help you master embroidery in no time. Here are five tips to help you learn how to embroider:

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1. Start Small

The fastest way to sabotage yourself as a beginner is to start off with a project thats way to complicated. Its okay to be excited and ambitious to improve your skills, but projects rated for beginners or novices should be your starting point.

Taking smaller strides will give you the skills and confidence to tackle larger projects. For example, lettering is one of the best options to get you used to your machine. You can also do small patterns that are easy and beginner-friendly.

2. Master your Machine

If you want to have a long, fulfilling run as an embroidery buff, then youll need to master your machine.

For example, which foot is the right one to use? How is it attached to your machine? Youll also need to know how to choose and load designs, how to select designs that fit into your machines hoop settings, and even how to attach an embroidery unit.

Its also a good idea to take a look at the machines user manual. This is a great way to learn about all the extra controls youll need to make embroidery easier for you.

3. Use the Right Needle

In embroidery, the main difference between a professional and beginner is the needle. Beginners believe that you can use any needle and itll work just fine. But the professional knows that its important to choose the right needle for the job.

Thats because the right needle will go through the thread without causing any damage. It will also enter the thread without causing too much stress and flex to the needle. Smaller needles are great for more accurate stitching. But if its too fine, the needle will cause too much friction against the fabric. Learning small details like this could make or break your project.

4. Learn How to Hoop

The hop stabilizes your pattern. Fabric is usually placed between the hoop rings to allow for natural tension. This ensures that your fabric isnt too stretched or loose. Learning how to hoop is very important for any beginner. Thats because, once you make a hoop, you cant go back and fix it once the project is in motion.

5. Relax and Dive In

When starting anything new, its natural to feel nervous or intimidated. But having the right information and supplies will help you succeed. Reading sewing books is fine, but its more important to hop on your machine and just try. Remember, a hands-on approach is the best way to learn how to embroider.

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