The Beginner’s Guide to Machine Embroidery

abme-free-standing-laceDo you add machine embroidery to your sewing and quilting projects? I’m learning how to embroider with the machine here at our office, and I need all the help I can get!

Lucky for me, and every other machine embroidery novice, Sara Gallegos is here to save the day with her quilting show Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery now streaming on QNNtv.

Each week Sara demonstrates another aspect of machine embroidery, from choosing a machine that suits your needs to the thread type that’s best for your project. Sara makes each aspect of machine embroidery approachable and easy to understand.

With all of the machine embroidery designs available, it can be overwhelming to figure out where to start. Sara takes the stress out of choosing as she explains the basics of simple outlines, fill stitches, and monograms. She also shows us how to use an embroidery machine for both in-the-hoop appliqué and freehand machine appliqué. Plus, you can’t go wrong with Sara’s advice on stabilizers, embroidery blanks, and specialty threads.

My greatest struggle has been choosing the “right” thread for each machine embroidery design I want to try so I found Sara’s episode about embroidery thread extremely helpful.  The most important lesson I learned from this episode was that it’s ok to use different threads within the same design—just make sure you pair the correct needle with your desired thread.

abme-sara-headshotOnce I find a needle and thread combination that works well for me, I don’t usually like to change things up. So it was important for me to learn about what each type of thread can bring to the project at hand. Although polyester is strong and colorfast, it’s not always the right thread for the job. If you want a lot of shine, metallic thread might be preferable. If you want a flat finish with texture, cotton thread is a nice option.

If you own an embroidery machine, or if you’re looking to purchase one, Sara’s show Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery is a must watch. Whether you want to learn to machine embroider or want to take your skills to the next level, you won’t be disappointed with Sara’s expert instruction. Check it out today on QNNtv when you sign up for a free one week trial.

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