The Techniques Used In Machine Embroidery

Machine embroidery can be done with a traditional sewing machine or by using the new computerized machines. Both methods of machine embroidery involve stitching on fabric and produce similar results. The main difference is how the design is transferred to the fabric and which type of needle is used in each method.

Traditional Sewing Machine Method:

With this method, you use a regular sewing machine equipped with an embroidery attachment for stitching through many layers of cloth at once. This type of machine has an optical sensor that reads patterns from discs or floppy disks, making it easy to switch among different designs while working on your project. To transfer a pattern onto your fabric, trace around the outline with chalk or washable ink then fill in all other areas with the additional thickness of the chalk or ink.

Seam Allowance or Seam Line refers to the distance between the stitched line and the raw edge of the fabric. For example, if your pattern reads: “Stitch 1/4″ (6mm) from the raw edge”, it means that you should stitch with a seam allowance of 1/4″. When this is done, after stitching, there will remain a 1/4″ (6mm) strip on either side without any stitching showing on it. It is necessary to leave this extra amount when sewing because these fabric strips will be covered up by other fabric pieces later in the process.

To make sure that you are cutting off exactly where they need to be cut, make sure to use a rotary cutter, ruler, and mat when cutting the fabric pieces that need to be sewn together. The size of your scrap will also affect how you cut your seam allowance. If you are using larger scraps of cloth, increase the seam allowance by 1/4″ (6mm).

The right side is the side on which your fabric shows the front design pattern. It is called the right side because it will become the outside of your embroidered project once finished. The wrong side or underside is generally not as aesthetically pleasing as the topmost piece but it still has its purpose in machine embroidery. This is where you can lay any stabilizing materials that help keep your project’s shape or where you can stitch on pieces of fabric to thicken your embroidery.

Computerized Sewing Machine Method:

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This machine is similar to the traditional sewing machine, except it is connected to a computer (which can come in different sizes) instead of using an optical disc or floppy disk. The software that goes with these kinds of machines has thousands of designs that are already made which you can simply modify slightly by changing the colors or switching parts around. All you have to do is trace around the patterns provided with this software and fill in any areas that need additional thickness. Once you finish writing over all the lines, go back over them again so they are nice and dark. It can be time-consuming tracing these designs manually since there are so many designs available, but it is definitely worth the effort because of how much more precise your stitching will be.

Just like with the traditional sewing machine, you will want to use a rotary cutter, ruler, and mat when cutting the fabric pieces that need to be sewn together. Additionally, when using a computerized sewing machine, you will also want to use spray starch on your fabric before beginning to embroider. This will help keep the fabric from puckering and make it lie nice and flat while you’re working. The starch can also help prevent fabrics from fraying.

and the raw edge of fabric) when cutting your fabric pieces. The size of your seam allowance will determine how close your stitches will be to the raw edge of the fabric.


In conclusion, embroidery machines are used to make a variety of products. There is always a need for these machines as they help create items that would be impossible without them. This article has shown you some of the techniques and applications in machine embroidery so that you can see how this technology aids those who work with it every day.

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