Basic Machine Embroidery Troubleshooting & Help

Embroidery is becoming more and more popular as both a hobby and a business. They will make mistakes and mishaps as they learn how to embroider. Here are a few easy things to keep in mind when you’re on your embroidery machine.

Use Suitable Needles To Get The Job Done:

Always choose the right needle for your machine. Flat shank needles are used in home sewing machines. Round shank needles are used in commercial sewing machines. Make sure that you know the difference between sharp and ballpoint needles before using them. Ballpoint needles are made to avoid making holes in knit or loosely woven fabrics. People who knit can get holes in their clothes when using needles with a dull or sharp point.

The ballpoint needle pushes fibers away as it penetrates to make a big hole in the fabric. It would help if you changed your needles every 8 hours because they are cheap, and worn needles can cause problems when sewing. Make sure you don’t hold out for needles to break. When needles do, they’re usually already worn out. Take the time to learn what a good stitch should look like, and switch needles if you see something that isn’t stitching right.

Dresses Start To Pucker: 

People who hoop often stretch their clothes too far. If your shirt looks great before you take it out of the hoop, but wrinkles, when you take it out of the round, that usually means you stretched it too far. If you see a lot of puckering while your fabric is still in the hoop, that usually means that you didn’t stabilize your fabric well enough! Try using a heavier-weight embroidery backing or using two pieces of what you already have to make your project stronger. Think about applying a light mist of temporary adhesive spray to the back of your project to make it even more stable.

Embroidery Bobbins:

 There are a lot of pre-wound bobbins to choose from, from cheap generics to high-end name brands that cost a lot more. In this case, you can use any one of these bobbins if you know how to set the tension on your machine. The size and weight of the bobbin thread should be checked in your manual before you buy. If you know what kind of supplies your machine needs, you can avoid costly returns. As the last step, check your manual to make sure you thread your bobbin the right way. Different machines have different ways of threading the bobbin. Do not let any dust or lint build up in the area where your bobbins are kept. The buildup of lint can cause tension. Lint brushes or air cans can be good ways to clean this part of the house.

Stabilizers For Embroidery:

 Backings keep the fabric in place during the embroidery process and help it withstand needle holes. The best way to embroider is to choose the right stabilizer. Make sure you use a solid back to keep your fabric in place if it’s too stretchy or unstable. Consider using a tear-away stabilizer for things that can be seen from the back, like towels and linens. When you finish embroidering, you can remove the stabilizer. When you use a cut-away backing for knits and stretchy fabrics, make sure there is enough room for them. The stabilizer you use should be big enough to hoop with. Your hoop should be about 1″ more prominent than the minimum size back you can fit in your hoop.

Thread Problems:

If your top thread stitching doesn’t look right, check your bobbin thread. If you see problems with your bobbin thread, look at how your full threading is set up first. Take care that your presser foot is up when you’re sewing top thread. Read your manual if you don’t know how to thread your machine. It tells you everything you need to know about that. Tension gauges are great tools to help you get the right amount of tension on your machine.

When Everything Else Fails:

don’t be afraid to ask for help. Embroidery blogs, like AllStitch’s, are an excellent place to look for answers on the web. Facebook is a great place to find help. We recommend joining the Machine Embroidery Help Group, where thousands of other embroiderers can help you.

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