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The Ultimate Embroidery Guide For Beginners

Have you always wanted to try your hand at embroidery but always been unsure of how and where to start? No need to worry, as Spotlight has created the ultimate embroidery guide for beginners. Read our useful guide below to learn about your essential supplies and skills.

What Do I Need To Get Started With Embroidery?

There are a couple of essential supplies you will need to get started with embroidery. We do need to mention that most of you might already have these supplies, especially if you are adept at sewing.

The basics for embroidery include a closely woven fabric to stitch on, different types of thread (preferably stranded cotton), and an embroidery hoop. Naturally, you will need some needles, shears, and other small supplies to prepare the embroidery surface.

How Do I Prepare Fabric For Embroidery?

Embroiderers should always prepare their fabric before they start the embroidering process, this prevents the fabric from fraying and ensures a long lifespan for the project you are creating.

There are several ways in which you can prepare your embroidery fabric. Naturally, some are more efficient than others. Therefore, try the different methods available here to determine which one suits you best.

If you wish to fix your fabric into place quickly, you can use some simple masking tape along the edges. Naturally, this is not a long-term fix, but a good way for beginners to get to grips with the process.

To prevent fraying, you can also use a set of pinking shears around the fabric. Trim the edges carefully and you will get a lot more from your project over time.

If you are looking for the most secure finish for your embroidery project, all you really need is a simple zig-zag stitch. Grab your embroidery machine (or sewing machine) and apply the stitch along the edges of your fabric.

How Do I Put An Embroidery Design Onto Fabric?

Before you add a design to any fabric, always make sure that the fabric is pressed, this prevents any unwanted wrinkles and irregularities influencing your beautiful design.

Once you have pressed your fabric and you have your design at hand, you can add the design to the fabric by tracing it. For this, you can use something as simple as a pencil or as elaborate as a water-soluble pen.

In some cases, it can be difficult to see the design through the fabric, this could be the case if you are working with something sheer. When this occurs, it can help to add some additional light at the back of the fabric before you start tracing.

When you have traced your design and you are happy with it, it is time to add your fabric to the embroidery hoop. Before you start embroidery, always make sure your fabric has the correct tension, this will prove beneficial for the appearance of your stitches once you are done.

What Stitches Are Best for My First Embroidery Project?

Embroiderers develop their own technique over time, yet there are two stitches that appear to be easier for beginners, this includes the waste knot and the loop knot.

To try the waste knot, make a knot at one end of the thread. Then, take the thread from the front to the back about 2.5 centimetres from the starting point of your design. Then, bring the thread back up to get your first stitch. Remember, always stitch over the starting thread so you can easily remove it once you are done.

You can also stitch with the so-called loop knot, this is useful when you use two strands of thread in your design. To execute this stitch, cut thread double the length of your intended stitch and then fold it in half, this creates a loop at one end of the thread. Then, put the thread through the needle by using the two ends. Take the needle through the front, this should leave a small loop on the back of your fabric. Then, make a stitch by passing the needle through the loop on the back of the fabric. Then, pull tightly to secure your thread in place. Then, continue the embroidery process.

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