Just a few basic tips to make your embroidery endeavors a little easier.
bulletDon’t cheap out on your supplies. You spent a lot of money on your machine. You invested a lot of time and effort learning to embroider. Don’t you want your projects to last?
bulletMatch your stabilizer to your project. The heavier the fabric the heavier the stabilizer needs to be.
bulletWater soluble stabilizer (WSS) should be placed on top of towels, fleece or sweatshirts to keep stitches from sinking into the nap.
bulletIf you use a temporary adhesive (basting spray) a little spritz goes a long way. Too much spray will get your needle all sticky.
bulletWhen hooping, you want to tighten your hoop screw as little as possible with everything hooped. If it real loose, take the project off, tighten the screw some and then place the hoops together. As you tighten the hoop screw, the project & stabilizer will bunch up at the screw if you start with the hoop too loose.
bulletDon’t go “hoopless” if you can avoid it. Even experienced embroiderers will have issues with registrations being off with this method. You didn’t cheap out on your machine and your supplies, and you shouldn’t cheap out on your methods. If you’re stitching something simple or if you’re stitching on something too thick or bulky to hoop, feel free to go hoopless.
bulletDon’t waste hoop space. Use as small a hoop as possible for the design. The smaller the hoop, the easier it is to make sure you have uniform fabric tension across the entire design.
bulletIf you’re unsure if your thread tension is correct, try a sample. Grab a san-serif font “T” and stitch it out. Turn the sample over. You should see about 1/3 top color on either side of the T with bobbin thread in the center 1/3rd.
bulletAlways thread your machine with the presser foot UP so the thread passes correctly between the tension wheels. When changing colors, most manufacturers say to cut the thread and pull it through the thread path forward, instead of pulling it backwards.
bulletGet used to the sound of your machine. It will tell you when it needs a new needle. Needles are cheap, a ruined project or machine repair generally is not.
bulletSome days you just have to walk away from your machines and start fresh tomorrow.

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