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Is Machine Embroidery Too Difficult For Me?

 This article is brought to you by Lizzsews.

Machine embroidery may seem very difficult at first, it might be very tricky, you may feel discouraged, you might even feel like quitting. Here's how to tell if machine embroidery is worth it for you. 

If the only reason that you might think machine embroidery is too difficult for you is that you are confused or overwhelmed, in the end, it will be worth it! If you're overwhelmed, try to take a second to do something else, read a book or watch a movie. Go back to your machine tomorrow.



Once you know more about embroidery, it will become easier.

Are you willing to put in time and work to learn your machine?

If you don't want to put in the time and work to learn about embroidery, this is not a hobby for you.

Ask yourself this: “will I put in the time to try and learn about this? Will I have patience?”

Ask questions

When you have problems, which you will, ask questions. Use my blog map to see if your question is answered here, Google it, YouTube it and get help from other crafters in Facebook groups.

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It took me a lot of time and work to learn about machine embroidery when I first started. Believe in yourself, it’ll all be worth it in the end!

If you're struggling with your machine and you’ve been at it for hours, take a break! Go outside if you can, if you can’t go outside, do something that you enjoy, read a book or watch a movie.

Remember, nothing gets accomplished when you’re frustrated.


If you really think that machine embroidery is too challenging or too difficult for you, take a second to assess. 

Do you actually want to embroider? 

If you feel that you are never going to want to embroider, and that you just want to sell your machine, at least wait a few days to think about it. 

Think, "do I really want to sell my machine, or am I going to keep on trying?" 

Do you only want to embroider to make money?

If your sole purpose of machine embroidery is to make money, that's okay, but to a certain extent. Don't take on new customers or accept custom projects until you learn your machine. This is not a hobby that you can learn in a day and start selling right away, it takes time.


Are you ready to make mistakes?

When you're first starting machine embroidery, you will make mistakes; it's inevitable. You will ruin garments, towels, and fabrics.

Recommended read: How to embroider towels
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Leave a comment below and let me know how your machine embroidery journey is going. And don't forget to subscribe to stay up to date with all of Lizzsews new articles. See you next time!

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