Puckered and rippled machine embroidery can be caused by a number of things. Learn what they are and how to prevent them.
These classes were originally presented during the 2017 Virtual Sewing, Quilting, and Embroidery Expo and are fundamental principles for ALL embroiderers.
Part 1: Hooping Properly
Any good embroidery result starts with hooping – hooping smoothly and in right position, with the correct tension and the right-sized hoop. See how poor hooping contributes to puckers.
Why Hooping Correctly Is ImportantHooping is part of the stabilizing process and a bad hooping can't be undone after sewing! Proper hooping can:
- Eliminate registration problems
- Prevent puckering
Why Use a Hooping Aid?Hooping aids such as the Echidna Hooping Station can make hooping:
- More efficient (no more chasing the hoop around on a slippery table)
- More accurate
How a Hooping Station Can Save You Time & MoneySince a hooping station can make you more efficient and accurate at hooping, it also means you'll be more productive and have less waste. Your hooping station will easily pay for itself over time!
Part 2: Thread Factors
Can your thread type cause puckers? You bet! Find out what kinds of thread contribute to puckers and how to control it!
How to Become a Better Embroiderer Faster!
As you've probably figured out by now, machine embroidery is more than throwing something in a hoop, attaching it to your machine, and pushing a few buttons!
You'll learn more about embroidery if you sew a wide range of designs, on a wide range of fabrics while watching your machine stitch.
Taking lots of classes, reading lots of articles, attending a variety of events to talk with other embroiderers and educators helps too.
Of course, that takes time and $$ but guess what? I've been doing all that for over 25 years and I've compiled my experience into an ebook that you can download immediately. It's the closest thing you can get to doing a Vulcan mind meld with me!
Read more about this book here: The Embroidery Recipe: How Your Ingredients Affect Your Results.
If you're ready for more advanced material, get under the hood of an embroidery design with Anatomy of a Design: How to Think Like a Digitizer & Become a Better Embroiderer.
Better yet, just download your copy now and get a jumpstart!