6 Tips That Will Help You Master Your Embroidery Machine
Machine embroidery is “difficult”, but the really difficult part is that people do not have enough time to get used to their embroidery machine. If you do not have the right tools available, it makes the process much more difficult and intimidating.
But it is possible to master your embroidery machine while improving your speed and efficiency.
We give you a variety of tips to help you master your embroidery machine while having fun.
# 1 Master your machine
Before you can succeed in embroidery, you must learn how to master your own machine. You must learn at least the following information to shine in this craft:
- Which foot is the right one and how to attach it to your machine
- How to select and load designs on your computer.
- To choose a design that fits in the frame setting of your device.
- How to thread the machine, including the needle and the spool.
- To attach a embroidery unit to the machine.
You should also read the user guide to learn all the additional controls that make embroidery easier. And most manufacturers have a helpline or forum where you can ask questions about a feature that you do not know enough about.
# 2 start small
Beginners are often over-ambitious and sabotage themselves when starting a new project. You have to take small steps before tackling a bigger, more complex project. It is always best to start small with something that is simple and beginner friendly.
Labeling is one of the simpler options and helps you get used to your machine.
You can also choose smaller patterns, for example a Pumpkin Square for Halloween or Autumn. These are pretty simple projects that anyone with enough time can do. So stop sabotaging difficult projects that are beyond your capabilities.
Pinterest offers a wide selection of starter samples to inspire you.
# 3 Use the appropriate needle
There is a big separation between embroidery and beginners. Professionals know that you have to choose the right needle for the job. Beginners thought they could pick any needle and it would work well, but that’s not the case.
The right needle for the job will be:
- Go through the thread without causing damage.
- Give the thread without too much flex and strain the needle.
You’ll find that needle sizes that are smaller allow for a more accurate stitch. Normally, you will get through with the needle size of 70-80 for the embroidery needle, but you also need to know when it’s time to replace your needle. After each session, check your needles to see if they are weakened during the session. Some needles may even have a tear in them, letting you know it’s time to replace your needle before breaks.
If the needle is too fine, it causes friction against the tissue, which is not ideal. They want a needle just fine enough that it does the job, but not too fine that it rubs against the cloth. If rubbing is allowed to continue, it will cause fraying on your fabric.
You also want to pay attention to the following:
- The tip of the needle. A pointed needle is used for dense tissue, but if you use linen or canvas, you want to use a blunt needle.
- If you are looking for speed, you should choose a needle length that is shorter. A project where the thread needs to be wrapped around the needle requires a longer needle.
Once you’ve found the perfect needle size for your project, make sure you buy a pack of needles that contain several equal sized needles for the job. This will allow you to continue your project without having to stop if the needle is broken. I’d also like to point out that some manufacturers offer stronger needles than others, so look around and find the one that suits you best.
# 4 Learn how to hoop properly
The tire stabilizes your pattern. Fabric should be placed between the rings of the tire to allow neutral tension. The goal is:
- Fabric that is neutrally stretched.
- Fabric that is not stretched or loose.
One big mistake that most beginners make is that they use the wrong stuff. Make sure that the fabric is not a sewing material but a nitrogen. You need to use the right embroidery accessory for the job. You can find out more about embroidery stitches at this link.
When you make a tire, you start with a test piece of fabric because you will not be able to go back and repair the tire once the project is in motion.
You also want to familiarize yourself with the following topics:
- “In Hoop” embroidery
- Hoopless embroidery
Once you fully understand how to hop, you can move on to Tip # 5.
# 5 Take an embroidery class
Most people forget that embroidery is very popular. You can find classes in your area that come either from the dealers themselves, such as Singer, or classes from your local fabric store. Michaels, a very popular fabric store, often advertises free embroidery classes that can be taken.
The best part is that you also learn from others and find friends with similar interests.
If you do not want to use any of these classes, there are online embroidery classes available that will introduce you to the best of basic embroidery machine practices. This allows you to make bags, quilts and other fun projects without having to do it in front of someone.
There are also embroidery files that will help you if you have a specific question about your embroidery machine.
A few large embroidery forums include:
You will also find some other great places where you will be able to connect with others who enjoy the embroidery.
# 6 Just dive
Sometimes you will find that you are reading more sewing books and learning more techniques without ever touching your embroidery machine. This happens to everyone at some point, but you want to avoid it as much as possible.
If you learn something new, jump straight to your machine and try it out.
There is no better way to learn the art of embroidery than to lend a hand. Every week, you want to spend some time practicing and working on your project. What you can learn is how to use your specific machine and learn the basics of the machine.
As you learn and master the basics, you will improve your embroidery.
The biggest mistake you can make is that your embroidery machine collects dust and never really tries. When working on a project, no matter what kind of project it is, you can refine your craft each month and finally embroider it successfully.
And if you run out of ideas, it’s nice to know that embroidery is a hobby that can make you money. There are many people who are just starting or who are quite new in the industry, selling their creations to others.
If you only dive, you will be able to make all your own creations and even sell them for extra money if you want.
But everything starts with mastering your embroidery machine from the basics to the advanced features.
4 thoughts on “6 tips to help you master your embroidery machine”
That’s a good tip to start small! That’s what my wife did when she started embroidering. As you say, beginners are often too ambitious, and that was my wife! She has since learned and can now handle larger projects.
Hello! Love this article. I have been approaching for a little over a year now. I would like to get an embroidery machine … my friend has one and suggests that I master experienced sewing projects before I go to an embroidery machine, but your article sounds very different. What would you suggest?
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I do not necessarily think you need to master sewing to switch to a pure embroidery machine. But before you spend your hard earned money, your girlfriend might be nice enough to lend you a week to see if it’s something you’re ready for. You may find that you do not like it as much as you thought, or perhaps you realize that you are more than willing and you want to get one of your own. Good luck!
I have a new embroidery machine. I’m finally getting up enough to try it. When reading your suggestions above, especially number # 4, I got confused. I thought you could embroider just about anything. Which material would you use to practice? Thank you, appreciate your suggestions.
“One big mistake that most beginners make is that they use the wrong material, so make sure the fabric is not nitrogen but nitrogen.”