When "pucker up" is not a good thing!
Eight years ago, I wrote a post called Why Does My Embroidery Pucker (find it linked at the end of this post) and during the recently wrapped 2017 Virtual Sewing, Quilt, and Embroidery Expo, I focused on pucker problems in my two-part class called Professional Pointers for Pucker Prevention.
Many of us are under the illusion that embroidery is just the stitching that happens at the machine and I think that impression comes from that first demo at the dealership.
A small piece of fabric is quickly hooped, some thread is loaded, a few buttons are punched, and VOILA! An embroidery design magically appears. All focus is on the machine stitching and the rest of the process is ignored.
I often see posts on Facebook where users are raking various digitizers over the coals because of "too many jump stitches." In some instances, the complaints are well deserved but that's not always the case!
Novice digitizers and poorly digitized designs frequently have too many unnecessary jumps due to poor planning. However, just because there are jumps or even a lot of them, doesn't mean it's a poorly digitized design.
Just this week I had 3 people email me about how to deal with "thick" designs or what is commonly known in the industry as "bullet proof embroidery." The major complaint was puckering and bulky design.
Each of them had thrown all sorts of stabilizers and multiple and too many stabilizers at the design, which did nothing for the puckering and only added to the thickness.
One person adjusted the machine tension to control the thickness. Unfortunately, these are not the solutions!
It's easy to get overly excited when you start embroidering. You're anxious to get started and get your project done.
But as the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and just an extra minute checking over everything can save you hours of "unembroidering" or an unsalvageable mess.
So here's my pre-embroidery checklist. I recommend you keep it near your machine as a reminder!
Metallic thread is one of those things we "love to hate." We love the look of metallic thread but it can sometimes be frustrating to embroider with.
I'll share some tips and tricks I've learned over the years to get great results. These tips work with any thread and most are just plain good "best practices" for any embroidery.
I thought I'd write about this because recently I've gotten some emails that "including multiple sizes is just a way of making it look there are more designs in the collection."
Had your eye on some lace designs? Wondering how they are done? Are they difficult? Here's what you need to know.
As a veteran embroiderer, it's easy to forget how confusing things were in the beginning. This post is designed to answer the #1 question I'm frequently asked, most often by email and what you need to know to answer it. Even if you've been embroidering for a while, this might be a good review!
Have questions about the gorgeous FSL Heirloom Angel? Apparently a lot fo you do so here are the answers!
Endless or continuous hoop designs are specially digitized for creating borders and other long connected designs seamlessly. Some collections may have corner connectors included to permit easier continuous borders around a corner.
The other day I was asked by an acquaintance who was considering the purchase of her first embroidery machine if embroidery was difficult.