Every sewing machine can do embroidery. But just like there are different types of sewing machines for different tasks, there are also various embroidery functions for the sewing machine to perform. It all depends on the type of sewing machine you have and what kind of features it has.
With a sewing machine, even if you are new to the art of embroidery and have no experience at all, you can do some amazing projects and create beautiful pieces without having to sit in front of a computer and design everything.
Sewing can be a time-consuming and sometimes difficult process, but it is much more enjoyable with the help of a sewing machine. Understanding how to use your sewing machine properly and knowing what features are necessary allows you to produce quality work precisely.
How can you do embroidery with any sewing machine:
When you’re new to sewing, it can be difficult to know where to start or what you need. But one of the first things that you should learn is how to do embroidery with any sewing machine. You can do this with just a few tools and some basic knowledge about where to place the fabric and thread in order for your embroidery hoop or frame.
- Thread your metal needle, take it out of the hole it’s in on the machine and thread it with a single thread. You should have roughly 2 times as much thread as you would expect to use on one stitch.
- Remove the fabric from your sewing machine table. Turn your sewing machine to its lowest setting and remove any stitches that are currently in your machine.
- Place your frame (or hoop) onto the sewing machine table. You can do this upside down, or right-side up, depending on your preferences and what you’re doing with the embroidery.
- Position your fabric in the middle of the frame so that you can see half of it at all times.
- Sew the two sides of your fabric around the frame and tighten them with a screwdriver (or similar object).
- Place your needle in the center of the frame and pull it through so that it creates a small hole around where you’re going to embroider. This will stabilize your thread as well as make it easier for you to place your needle into that exact spot later.
- Sew your chosen design onto the fabric and make sure that there are no stray threads.
Some solutions that can be applied to machines that do embroidery great:
- Clean the needle and surrounding area to remove any debris or lint blocking it.
- Replace the needle if it is bent, dull, or damaged.
- Make sure the hoop is balanced and tightens when put on a machine to make sure stitches are evenly spaced out around the design; this will also help you avoid stretching your fabric too much when embroidery in straight lines, which can cause distorted images with holes in them
- Make sure your machine is operating at the correct speed (some machines will sew faster than others)
- Check to see if you have something in the thread path of your machine that is blocking it.
- Make sure your foot pressure is proper, as some machines work better with one amount of pressure or another.
- Make sure there is not a knot in the thread.
- Check the tensions of your floss and see if it can accommodate the amount of tension you are applying to your machine, some threads are thinner than others, so these may require a higher tension.
- Test out a different type of thread, such as silk, embroidery floss, etc., to see what works best with your machine.
- Make sure to use an appropriate needle size for your design.
Machine Embroidery Tips:
- You need a sewing machine capable of sewing with a zigzag stitch—or the equivalent type of stitch for your machine.
- Make sure you have a computer to connect your machine to for embroidery work. You could also use an embroidery machine, but it will be more expensive and may have difficulty with the thickness of your fabric.
- Use stabilizer on areas where there are seams, so they don’t show through in the stitches. You can use a tear-away or water-soluble stabilizer for this purpose. Just make sure to remove the stabilizer after embroidering.
- Use embroidery thread that is thick and strong enough to carry the weight of the design–at least two or three times as heavy as you believe you’ll need for your project. Decorative thread is often not strong enough for sewing machines and may break easily.
- If you are working on a large area, you need longer steam or needle when punching holes for your embroidery thread.
Once you’ve mastered all of the embroidery basics above, there’s nothing left to stop you from creating your unique designs. But if you want to stick to using pre-made designs, then there are plenty of free and paid-for embroidery downloads available.
Today’s sewing machines are amazing pieces of technology and can do so much. In this article, we learned that machines can be used to do embroidery and how to thread sewing machines for embroidery. The choice is all yours, so have fun experimenting with your machine.