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Are you passionate about creating your own clothes? Well, then you should know that this year is all about embroideries. If you want to be a trendsetter and to impress everyone with your style, you should learn how to make embroidered clothes. You do not need too many supplies, but you will need inspiration and skills instead. If you have never done embroideries before, you may find it harder than it may be. Well, nowadays you can use a professional sewing machine, that has a preset design and you can create patterns with its help. Also, if you are a talented person, you can even embroider by hand. Here we show you how to embroider using your sewing machine, so take a look!

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Step one – gather the needed equipment

As with any other sewing project, you have to make sure that you have the right tools when you start the job. But if you want to try free-motion embroidery, then you will need the following embroidery essentials.  

  • An embroidery hoop – if you want to start with free motion embroidery, you will not need a fancy model of hoop. Make sure that you are using it back-to-front, because the fabric should lay flat on the throat plate.
  • A darning foot – it is important to use this foot because it helps you stitch effectively and safely, and the fabric will not flag. Depending on the model of sewing and embroidery machine you use, the style may vary.
  • Embroidery scissors – make sure to have a pair of sharp scissors, because they will make your life easier when it comes to connect the threads. Use a seam ripper to avoid making mistakes.
  • Pencil or trick marker – you will need to use one of these to draw the design

Step 2 – set up the sewing machine

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Now that you have gathered the tools, you should set up the sewing machine.

  • Install the darning foot – if you have never done it before, you should check the instruction of your sewing machine
  • Tackling tension – in this way you will make the thread and fabric work in harmony. The standard tension is around 4 or 5, but you can reduce it according to your preference
  • Lower the feed dog – this is one of the most important things to keep in mind, because the feed dog helps you pull the fabric across the machine when you do standard stitching. Check the manufacturer’s instructions to see how to do it, because the process may differ from one sewing machine to another.
  • Stitch length – if you want an accurate stitching and a greater control, then you should set the stitch length to zero

Step 3 – stitching

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Now that it is all set up you can press the foot control and start stitching.

  • Make sure that the fabric is tight, because it is important to prevent puckering.
  • Begin with a few tester scraps of material before embroidering expensive clothes
  • Start with free and open lines, then you can try more intricate models
  • Try different movements, spirals, zigzags, open curves
  • Experiment with the layering, fabrics and stitch pattern


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