Three Myths You Need To Know When Starting To Embroider

Posted on: 5 March 2015

Especially with the explosion of craft oriented websites like Etsy and Pinterest, interest in embroidery as a hobby has been on the rise in recent years. Unfortunately, it's easy to jump into this hobby without knowing the real truth behind some common myths. Here's a look at some of the most common myths about embroidery, and the real truth behind them.

Myth #1: You Need to Know How to Sew Before You Embroider

While sewing and embroidery are often lumped in together as similar crafts, there's actually very little they have in common. About the only similarity is that both crafts use needles and thread (and they even use very different types of needles and thread). In sewing, a person guides the whole process, but with embroidery, a machine guides the fabric and does the work. There's definitely no need to know how to sew before you embroider, and there's actually not even any real benefit to having sewing experience.

Myth #2: You Should Place Your Fabric on the Hoop As Tightly As Possible

Many people just starting out in embroidery want to make sure everything they do is as "neat" as possible. For some reason, this often means placing the material you plan to embroider as tightly on the hoop as you can. Unfortunately, this distorts the fabric and can easily lead to puckering once the project is done. Also, when your fabric is tightened beyond what it should, the tension makes it easy to end up with an uneven design. Make sure the fabric is tight on your hoop, but don't tighten it as much as you can.

Myth #3: You Have to Use the Brand That Matches Your Machine

Especially for those starting out, it's easy to assume that the supplies you use must match the brand of the machine you're using. In fact, many embroidery companies include samples of their other supplies when you purchase a machine to get you started using their materials. But the truth is, almost all embroidery supplies are compatible with each other. Virtually every brand of needle and thread can be used with any brand of machine. Whether you're looking at one brand because of price, another brand because of quality, or another because they have a unique product, don't be afraid to try out new brands.

Of course, even if you don't fall in to these myths, embroidery Edmonton can still be a tough hobby to master. If you've got a special project that you want to make sure gets done right, it's often best to just trust the professionals!