Monday, July 29, 2013

Tips for Successfully Embroidering Clothing

Summer Bloggin' on &Stitches

Mad Scientist by Day, Seamstress by Night, SeamstressErin sews, knits, quilts, crafts, and does needlework. She aspires to inspire and inform on her blog at

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Hi! I’m SeamstressErin. I blog about Sew-Knit-Craft-Quilt-Needlework at . I’m excited to be a Summer Bloggin’ guest poster on &Stitches. My first love is garment sewing, but I have been getting more and more into needlework. For my second guest post, I have put together 5 Tips for Successfully Embroidering Clothing because it offers a few challenges that you don’t have to consider when you aren’t wearing your finished embroidery. For some inspiration, check out my previous blog post on &Stitches featuring a gallery of inspiring embroidery on clothing.

           Embroidered Yoke  

  1. The wrong side of your embroidery may rub when you wear the garment. Consider putting your embroidery somewhere where you can add a facing or a lining to the inside so that it doesn’t irritate you or wear away at the embroidery. A yoke, like this example by Rochelle of Lucky Lucille is a great example.

  1. The right side of the embroidery may snag when you wear the garment. This makes it important to knot your thread on the back of the embroidery much more frequently than you normally would so that if it does snag, it will only disturb a small part of the embroidery.

  1. The embroidery may be subject to stretching as you wear the garment. If you normally work with dissolvable or tear-away stabilizers, consider using a permanent stabilizer so the embroidery has a bit of permanent strength and stability to it.

  1. The embroidered section will need to behave similarly to the rest of the garment. For this reason, it’s important that you don’t use too heavy of a stabilizer to that your embroidered section is stiff and bulky while the rest of the garment drapes.

  1. Your garment will need to be washed. For this reason, it’s important to test the colorfastness of your thread. Embroider several strands of all the colors you will be using on a light colored piece of fabric and dip it into lukewarm water to see if the colors bleed. If they do, consider soaking your thread in vinegar, rinsing it out, letting it dry, and then repeating the experiment. Always was the garment in cold water.
P.S. If you have any further tips about embroidering clothing please share them in the comments! 

1 comment:

  1. I am interested in learning the embroidery. I want to open a boutique of my own.
    Online Bohemian Clothing


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