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Embroidery is a technique used to decorate handicrafts, clothing and other materials with thread and needle. You can also incorporate other materials into the embroidery projects, including pearls, metal strips, sequins, beads, and quills, etc. Embroidery is done often to embellish pillow and cushion covers, wall hangings, linens, mug rugs, coasters, quilts, motifs for apparel, table runners, etc. The possibilities are endless when you create textile projects using decorative embroidery and colorful fabrics.
Machine embroidery is an embroidery process to create patterns on fabric using a sewing machine or computerized embroidery machine. There is a learning curve when starting machine embroidery but once you get familiar with your equipment and supplies, you will find the process very enjoyable as you learn new and exciting techniques and create beautiful projects for your home, to sell for extra income and to give as gifts.
The basic steps to create embroidery with a computerized embroidery machine are as follows:
Purchase an embroidery machine.There are many different ones on the market in a wide range of prices. With a little research, you will find the one that best meets your needs. Tips: Purchase a machine with a good track record of producing quality stitch outs. Not all machines are created equally and you will want one that gives you consistent good results with the least amount of maintenance. Buy one with the largest hoop capability that you can afford, so you can stitch out large designs, as well as smaller ones. Even if you think you will not want to embroider larger designs now, you will want to later.
Familarize yourself with your machine. Read the manual, do online research, take classes, join support groups, ask questions. There is an entire community of like-minded people out there, who are willing to help and share their knowledge with you. What seems complicated now will soon become second nature as you gain experience and knowledge of this wonderful craft.
Purchase digitized embroidery design files in the format that works on your machine. Again, not all embroidery designs are created equally. You need to have a source of good quality designs for consistently good results. A great source of high quality designs is the OPW Mall (OregonPatchWorks Premium Embroidery Designs Mall). You'll find many designs offered at great prices and even some free samples to try.
Choose the design you wish to start with. Design complexity ranges from very simple to very advanced. Start out simple and work your way up. Do NOT do your design on your project until you first do a test stitchout on a similar fabric. Tip: Save your test stitchouts and create simple quilts to give as donations or give the test blocks to someone who wants to create projects and donate them.
Load the design file into the embroidery machine after making sure it's the right format and it will fit in the hoop you need.
Load a new needle into your machine. Wind a fresh bobbin and load it. Thread the machine with the first color your design requires.
Stabilize the fabric in your embroidery hoop and place it on the machine.
Start the embroidery machine and stand by to change thread colors, rethread machine, troubleshoot problems, etc. Keep plenty of needles, bobbins, a can of air (or small air compressor), a small brush, a trash can and scissors on hand.
Types of Machine Embroidery Designs
Cross Stitch Embroidery
(Designs pictured under Cross Stitch Embroidery are by the designer Lickity Stitch at OPW).
Cross-stitch machine embroidery is a type of machine embroidery in which x-shaped stitches are digitized in a tiled, raster-like pattern to create an embroidery pattern that can be stitched on a fabric or paper project. The designs of cross-stitch machine embroidery are similar to regular machine embroidery designs.
The difference between cross-stitch and regular machine embroidery design is that the artwork is done in small x's and (sometimes) line outlines, rather than fill stitches, free standing lace, outline or applique stitches.
(Designs pictured under Applique Embroidery are by the designer Allstitch at OPW).
An applique embroidery refers to a needlework technique in which patterns or representational scenes are created by the attachment of small pieces of constrasting fabric in the different areas of the design, which create the background fabric before applying embroidery stitches and details on top. This popular method of machine embroidery is very satisfying, as it fast and you can create many variations of the same theme by using different fabrics and textures, while creating your projects.
Free Standing Lace Embroidery
(Designs pictured under Free Standing Lace are by the designer Ace Points at OPW).
Free standing lace is a very popular technique of machine embroidery. A design done as FSL is made entirely of thread, no fabric required! The designer creates the digitized file in a way which interlocks the embroidery stitches into a lacy pattern which maintains its dimensions and style of design without fabric. Instead of stitching the design on fabric with stabilizer which is done with filled stitch designs, the embroiderer hoops water soluble stabilizer then stitches out the FSL design on top of it.
Once the design is completely stitched, it is removed from the embroidery hoop and soaked or spritzed with water to remove the water soluble stabilizer and laid out flat to dry.
There are many different types of FSL projects available at OPW Mall, including lace edging, collars and cuffs, lace jewelry for both women and children, bookmarks , bowls and doilies, and embroidery designs for holidays (Valentine's Day, Easter, and Christmas, etc.)
At OPW Mall, we offer machine embroidery designs to create unique, beautiful home decor, finished items to sell and on projects for gift giving. Just a few ideas are placemats, mug rugs, table runners, napkin monograms, table clothes, wall hangings, tote bags, fashion purses, kitchen towels, bath towels, flour sack towels, all sorts of occasional designs (Christmas, Valentine's Day, birthdays, anniversaries, Easter, Halloween, Father's and Mother's Day, etc.)
OPW Mall features amazing designs, all digitized to perfection, including alphabets, geometrical, quilt blocks patterns, table runners, birds, butterflies, flowers, cushions, pillows, linens, and quilts. The list is endless as you apply your imagination to the selection of thousands of machine embroidery designs
You will find the designs shown above plus hundreds of thousands more when you visit www.oregonpatchworks.com. Look around while you are there, we have many free samples also. Visit THE BEST one-stop shop for machine embroidery - The OPW Mall, where your dreams become a reality...one stitch at a time!
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