Are you looking to find out a little more about embroidery and what it includes?
There is so much to learn and know about embroidery and you can often learn as you go but learning more wouldn’t help. There are so many different things to learn whether it is for hand embroidery or machine embroidery.
If you are looking at starting up a hobby in embroidery and are looking for more details and background into the craft I have everything you need to know.
What Is Embroidery?
Embroidery is the art of threading, or embroidering, cloth with designs. To embroider, you use a needle to pass the threads between pieces of fabric to create a picture or pattern.
Traditionally, embroidery hoops are used to keep the fabric tightly in place by putting the fabric between the two parts and screwing the hoops together to make it secure for stitching. The spectrum of embroidery methods and varieties is as broad as a rainbow is colourful.
You can embroider just about anything made of fabric! Cloth items such as furniture, blankets, clothes, hats, phone cosies, or whatever you have are open game for embroidery!
You can achieve embroidery both by hand or on an embroidery machine. Whether you want to sit on the sofa and enjoy hand embroidery or you wish
What Are Embroidery Files?
Embroidery files are files which you load onto your embroidery machine which save the data and design which then transform onto the fabric when you get started.
These are are digital files in which are stored in a format that is transfered into embroidery design through your machine.
Different machines such as Brother and Bernina require different embroidery files such as PES or ART.
Where Can I Buy Embroidery Files?
There are a number of places that you can buy embroidery files from individual designers or from a larger site such as Design Bundles.
You can find a whole range of designs that are easy to do and look both professional and clear. There are plenty of high-quality fun designs from animals, florals and different themes to choose from.
Design bundles have a wide variety of designs available for great prices and even have a number of occasions from hen dos, sibling designs and cat mom designs.
Other places you can buy embroidery files are places like Etsy, eBay and Amazon.
What Can I Embroider?
Embroidery is so fun and it can be used on so many things. Embroidrey is great for jazzing up an old pair of jeans or adding a cute fuzzy animal to a baby blanket.
Here are some examples of what you can do with embroidery and how to use it.
- On baby blankets
- Baby clothes
- tea towels and table cloths
- Quilts and bedding
What Machines Are Most Suitable For Embroidery
There are so many varieties of machines that are suitable for machine embroidery. Each large brand of machine from Singer to Bernina have a specialised embroidery machine that helps you create fun and imaginative designs.
If you are looking to get an embroidery machine or even upgrade you can look at Sewing Machine Expert for their help and guidance on teh best embroidery machines on the market.
You can do free motion embroidery on regular machines but to achieve the quality and look of the embroidery designs you will need a specialised embroidery machine.
Who Can Embroider?
Anyone with the right equipment such as a embroidery hoop, threads and a machine. If you have the right tools there is no stopping you.
You can start this as a hobby or build up your confidence to create different products and designs to sell as part of a business.
Are Embroidery Machines Hard To Use?
At first if you have never used an embroidery machine they can be a little hard to use but over time and with some advice from friends you can get the hang of it.
Places such as blogs and Youtube are a wonderful resource for using to learn more about machine embroidery and your exact model and how to use it.
Embroidery machines don’t have to be hard to use but it does depend on your background and if you have ever had any experience using one.
A great way to get to grips with machine embroidery is to practice free machine embroidery on a domestic sewing machine first and maybe see if you can try at a sewing machine shop or centre or even friends.