Jul 10, 2012

Hand and machine embroidery

Hand embroidery is a fine, painstaking art and as such we must give it all due diligence. It is a craft where you embroider designs on a fabric with needle and thread. When you embroider it is always good to do so with good lighting. Embroidery can be used on christening frocks for a baby, on cushion covers, infant outfits, teapot covers, hats, dress shirts, golf shirts, bed sheets, pillowcases, and just about anything you want in an embroidered design.

Stitches and things

There are different stitches for different designs and this includes the chain stitch, blanket stitch, running stitch, satin stitch, cross stitch and more. A simple way to explain stitching is the direction of the embroidery needle from the back of the fabric to the front and back again. Patterns are formed by completing embroidery stitches either free hand, or following a design printed on paper. For hand embroidery it is important to have the right size needle

Machine embroidery

Embroidering on a machine started at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, and makes the whole process faster with the same beautiful results. It also imitates hand embroidery, especially chain stitches. Satin and hemming stitches done on a machine rely on using multiple threads and resemble embroidery done by hand. One can imagine how much faster the embroidery process will go although it must be said that some women relish the art and hand embroider as she feels more in touch with the art if done by hand in a slow, loving way.

Sewing supplies

Supplies you will need for embroidering include bobbins, color cards, spools, thread sets, thread refills, thread notions, also a deluxe thread caddy to house all your supplies. There are plenty of brands to choose from.

Educating yourself

You can take the sting out of arduous training by purchasing training videos and software where the dvd takes you from beginning to intermediate and you can take your time viewing the dvd over and over again for instructions. There are also e-books where you can learn about embroidery in depth if you want to make this your life’s purpose. E-books can be downloaded in PDF format.