How To Get Started with Machine Embroidery
Your first step to getting started with machine embroidery is to purchase your machine. We recently wrote a post on 4 Things to Consider When Purchasing an Embroidery Machine. After that, you have to learn how to use that machine, of course. Most machines will come with an instructional video, so it’s best to watch that first.
Make sure that when you’re starting something new, like machine embroidery, that you don’t have a whole list of other things to do. It will take time to learn, so give yourself enough time to try and fail and try again. Also, don’t start with the intention of finishing twenty embroideries in one night. Take it slow and start with small goals!
If there’s a local community center that gives embroidery lessons, take advantage of them! Nothing will make learning easier than having an instructor to direct you and help you set realistic goals.
Also, taking a class will cover more than just how to use your machine to embroider. They’ll also cover topics like how to pair the right thread with the right fabric, the best way to stabilize your fabric, the proper choice of backings and toppings, and the hooping process. You need to know how to hoop properly so you’re applying the right amount of tension without creating a distortion in your fabric and embroidery.
Now here’s a couple things you need to do to get started with machine embroidery:
- Select good quality thread. Threads come in different types, weights, thicknesses, etc. A good quality thread will yield a good quality embroidery. When you select the thread, you also need to select a bobbin thread that is designed for embroidery.
- Select the correct needle. Similarly to the thread, the right needle is essential as well. You don’t want the needle to damage the fabric you’re embroidering, and the needle size also determines how accurate the stitch is. The smaller the needle, the more accurate the stitch.
The best way to learn how to embroider with a machine (or to do anything) is to just do it! Don’t get bogged down by the things you should know and consider to get started. Just get started! You never really learn until you finally take the leap and do it yourself.