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Have you ever realized how much effort and creativity is required to make beautiful embroidery? It is not an easy task. An Embroider has to passes through several challenges, starting from embroidery design to implementing it on fabric. In this whole process, a single mistake can be frustrating for very obvious reasons. In most cases, it is difficult to repair an embroidery once it’s done. That’s why in this clothing study we will discuss what the common embroidery mistakes are and how to fix these embroidery mistakes, and also how to take the precaution of these mistakes to ensure optimum utilization of embroidery resources.
- 1 Common Embroidery Mistakes & Fixing it
- 1.1 Choosing Wrong Fabric for Embroidery
- 1.2 Not Using or Using Wrong Embroidery Backing and Stabilizer
- 1.3 Wrong Embroidery Needle Type
- 1.4 Wrong Embroidery Needle Size
- 1.5 Using Poor Quality Needle
- 1.6 Choosing The Thread Which is not Suitable for Embroidery
- 1.7 Not Using Embroidery Marking Pen
- 1.8 Choosing the Wrong Hoop
- 1.9 Not Adjusting Thread Tension
- 1.10 Not Checking Thread Color
- 1.11 Mistakes in Design Length & Width
- 1.12 Wrong Fabric Face and Way
- 1.13 Not Checking Part of the Garment
- 1.14 Dirty Embroidery Machine
- 1.15 Not Checking Oil Leaking
- 1.16 Trial & Error
- 1.17 Careless Trimming
- 1.18 Not Trimming Jumping Thread
- 2 Final Words to Fix Embroidery Mistakes
Common Embroidery Mistakes & Fixing it
Choosing Wrong Fabric for Embroidery
It is always recommended to use non-stretchy medium-weight fabric for embroidery. The output looks very clean on these types of fabric. On the other hand, if you use thin, stretchy, or silky fabrics then that may not stay stable. So around the embroidery, you may find a wavy look on the fabric.
So it does not mean you cannot use thin and stretchy fabric for embroidery. You need to ensure you can make proper adjustment to the machine before embroidery and make sure fabric & thread tension is tuned properly. Surely you cannot fix embroidery mistakes like this once it’s done, right?
Also, use embroidery backing so that it gets strength and stability.
Not Using or Using Wrong Embroidery Backing and Stabilizer
It is one of the most important points to concentrate on. Most embroidery beginners do not aware that there is embroidery backing at the back of the fabric. Why embroidery backing need to use when you embroider? Embroidery Backing, also known as Interlining. This is used on the back of the embroidery or fabric to protect your skin from the harshness of embroidery thread and gives stability and strength to the fabric while embroidery. You need to use interlining as per your fabric composition and type of your embroidery. Three types of interlining are commonly used.
Over-back interlining, most commonly used and fusible. This kind of interlining usually needs to heat press at 110-160 degrees Celsius for 10-15 seconds at the back of the fabric. The temperature may vary due to fabric and interlining quality.
Water-soluble interlining, it is a temporary stabilizer which dissolves within 10-30 seconds at 20 degree Celsius temperature.
Tear-away interlining, a viscose/ polyester blend that is easy to tear away after embroidery. It can be used for those products which do not need this embroidery backing support once the embroidery is done.
Choose your embroidery backing carefully so that you can avoid quality issues and ensure a fine finish of your embroidery.
Wrong Embroidery Needle Type
One of the key tools of embroidery is Needle. For machine embroidery, you will get a specific set of models that can be easy to understand but for hand needle, you need to be aware of needlepoint, needle eye, needle length, needle diameter. If you want to continue your embroidery by hand rather than machine, then we would recommend you to use a needle with a long eye. That will help you in threading the needle and accommodate embroidery threads. Specifically, for Crewel embroidery, you need to Crewel thread.
Wrong Embroidery Needle Size
Most popular size of embroidery needle is size 7 and 9. If you use a thicker needle then that may make a bigger hole in the fabric at the bottom of the stitch which will look bad. On the other hand, if you use too fine a needle then there can fray in the fiber. So before you start embroidery you need to fix which needle is perfect for your embroidery project.
Using Poor Quality Needle
A good quality tool can give you a fine output. So if you use a needle of poor quality then it will cost your effort and money. Please choose a good-quality needle, so that it will not break while embroidery is running. It can create both quality and safety issues at the same time. Surely, you do not want to cut your customer’s skin with a broken needle in the garment. That is why you have to be very careful before you choose a needle.
Choosing The Thread Which is not Suitable for Embroidery
Thread is the main essence of embroidery. Both color and quality are important for the thread. The quality of thread needs to select based on the design, type of garment, and also fabric quality. It’s a prerequisite to understanding if you want a shiny, matt, or reflective look on your embroidery. Based on that you find several thread brands in the market. Secondly, the color combination of the thread needs to finalize before you start the final embroidery. You can use wastage actual colored fabric to check how its looks. Finally, the type of garment is an important point to finalize which thread you need to use. In a formal shirt if you use reflective thread for embroidery that surely will not complement the design.
Not Using Embroidery Marking Pen
Marking the embroidery area with the pen is necessary for hand embroidery. In machine embroidery, the computer can decide everything but in hand embroidery, it’s required. But the marking you are drawing has to be removed in wash properly otherwise that would be a mess. So you need to use a water-soluble marking pen. It is not only for embroidery but also for all kinds of marking on the garment.
Choosing the Wrong Hoop
Again, for machine embroidery, you don’t need to spend a long time to find out which hoop is the right one. Each brand has different models of the hoop of its own. For hand embroidery, you need to be very much careful. Choose hoops in a perfect size so that it is easy to handle, make sure your hook has a smooth finish and no sharp edge on the surface. Finally, choose the right shape of the hoop based on your embroidery design.
Not Adjusting Thread Tension
Thread tension must check before you start embroidery if you don’t want your embroidery to be tight or loose. In machine embroidery, you need to set Thread Tension manually to get a fine result. In hand, embroidery makes sure you are keeping eye on tension.
Not Checking Thread Color
We already have discussed thread color in the previous point. The reason behind why we are highlighting checking thread color is to make you understand the value this has on the overall look of embroidery. It’s not about how your embroidery looks in a particular thread color combination. You need to check if the thread colors match with the fabric and garment design also.
In multi-needle machine embroidery, make sure you are checking thread selection for each needle.
Mistakes in Design Length & Width
The embroidery design is the pillar of embroidery. Wrong length and width can destroy the garment. Choose where you want to place your embroidery and mark your area accordingly. For machine embroidery, fix the length and width accordingly to your marking in the machine. And once everything is set, then start your final embroidery.
Wrong Fabric Face and Way
A sticker on the fabric usually mentions which is the face of the fabric. When you will cut panels for sewing and embroidery you need to put a sticker on each panel to avoid mistakes.
You need to understand the way of the fabric also. A long discussion is required to understand the fabric way. Let’s give you an example to make you understand in brief. If you want to make a shirt for boys and there is the print of cars on the fabric then the tires should be toward the ground. If you turn the car upside down, then that’s a mistake in the fabric way. Its concept includes not only fabric print. This example is only to make you understand the concept. Fabric way can be considered on fabric weave also. The concept of Fabric Way is discussed in a separate article in detail which may help you. To avoid embroidery mistakes it’s a very important point in the checklist.
Not Checking Part of the Garment
When you cut fabric in different panels of a garment, then sometimes it’s hard to recognize to which part of the garment this panel belongs. In basic pants, the front has two parts, the back has two parts, and it is hard to understand in the production line. So mistakes can happen. You were probably supposed to place embroidery on the left part but ended to put it in the right part. That’s why you need to mark your panels properly and keep a close eye on them to avoid mistakes.
Dirty Embroidery Machine
Each of your machines has to be clean, no matter it’s an embroidery machine or a quilting sewing machine, or a heat press machine. A dirty machine can cost your resource in a big way. So please make sure you are cleaning your machine regularly and check before your start working.
Not Checking Oil Leaking
To run a machine smoothly you need to keep enough oil in the oil chamber but make sure it doesn’t overflow. In most cases, we think, let’s fill up the oil chamber so that we don’t need to keep checking frequently. That’s a wrong idea. There is a limit mark for a reason, and you must follow that to avoid oil leaking. Also, if you oil any specific part by using a dropper, then check if they are dry when you start embroidery or sewing. Otherwise, your garment panels will catch oil, which is quite impossible to remove in most cases.
Trial & Error
Check how your design looks on an available fabric or mock-up. That will answer a lot of questions, like if the design size is correct, how is the fabric strength, is the thread color and tension is fine, does needle thickness is ok and the list goes on. It’s not a lab test. It just keeps your confidence high with some simple trials.
You must need to use a small sharp scissor to trim embroidery. Make sure you are not pulling any thread while trimming. You need to cut the thread gently. Few sewers trim embroidery thread with razors which we don’t recommend. That will affect the look of the embroidery. You can see fray on the thread, which looks so messy. Choose your tools carefully to fix embroidery mistakes.
Not Trimming Jumping Thread
After embroidery, if you look at the embroidery you will see jump thread easily, but in bulk production, we sometimes forget to trim jumping thread which spoils the clean look of embroidery. So have a look closely if you are leaving a jumping thread.
Final Words to Fix Embroidery Mistakes
We always write for the readers who don’t have enough knowledge of sewing & embroidery to encourage them to get more into work and set up a business. That’s why in this clothing study we have tried to explain in a simple way that how to fix embroidery problems before it occurs. If you follow these 18 ways to fix the embroidery mistakes, then we believe nothing can stop you to create some beautiful embroidery works.
Have fun and keep stitching.
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