Embroidery Do’s and Don’ts – Get It Straight

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Avoid common machine embroidery pitfalls.
D E B O R A H   J O N E S

One of the most aggravating mistakes made is applying crooked embroidery to a garment or project. Here’s how to get the embroidery straight every time:

1) Place the item flat on a work surface and mark a dot at the embroidery center. For even greater accuracy, make a template of the garment section

2) Then, use tape, pins, an air-soluble marker or a chalk wheel to mark a straight, horizontal line through the center of the proposed placement. Use plackets, pockets and other garment construction references on the item to judge your marking.

3) If you still have doubts about how the embroidery will appear when worn, have someone model the garment for you. If the placement line appears straight, proceed with hooping, keeping the placement line straight in the hoop . If the placement line looks crooked in the hoop as it sits on the machine, the embroidery also will look crooked when removed from the hoop.
Note: Many embroidery machines have templates to aid with proper placement. Refer to the manual or check with the machine dealer.

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