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Embroidery tips? Also, what are you working on while you’re staying home?

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Are you staying home? What are you working on to stay busy?

I purchased an embroidery kit off amazon. I’ve never tried embroidery before, and I’m excited to play with it! Any tips?

What are you working on? 

– Christine


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    smcfarland | | #1

    HI Christine! I am staying in and planning some projects to sew.
    I have some embroidery tips for you. Don't knot the thread tail - that will make bumps when you go to stretch and frame your work. Instead, leave like an inch-long thread tail and secure it under your stitches. Make sure to press the linen thoroughly before you hoop it, so you don't have any creases. I also like to prevent fraying by binding or zigzagging close to the linen's edges. One last thing - I don't leave the needle in the body of the work - sometimes it can leave a hole or god forbid if you don't work on the piece for a while, a rust mark.
    I hope to make a summer mini-wardrobe while I'm staying in - cute tops, skirts, and maybe some culottes in some cheery colors!
    - Sarah

  2. fergus4 | | #2

    Sarah - I loved your reply. So many good tips for hand embroidery. I am planning to use some of my at home time to get back in touch with machine embroidery. I have a few tee shirts that can use some decorative stitching and I want to work on this. Also a few projects for the grandchildren.

  3. kpoage | | #3

    I've had so many projects planned for my embroidery machine. With this little hiatus, I'm going to spend every day practicing something new in my sewing room! Here's a pocket monster.

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    user-5078920 | | #4

    I use a small divided storage box to store my yarn. I wrap the thread on flat plastic spools and put the DMC thread number and the embroidery chart symbol on each spool. I organize them by color in the storage compartments. And this is easy to pack for travel. And I use the plastic see through bags in which beddings come to put my work in progress.

    1. Taunton_Web | | #5

      Great tips! Thanks all!

  5. 3DogBliss | | #6

    Here's a wonderfully helpful website showing just about every embroidery stitch:

    Happy Sewing!

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