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5 Skills You Need To Machine Embroider

Machine embroidery is a great hobby! It’s one of those hobby’s that is not too difficult to learn as a beginner!

Here are some of the skills that you’ll want to know about machine embroidery!

All of these skills can be learned over time! All you have to do is try and learn as much as you can!

   1. Troubleshooting

A great skill for machine embroidery is to be able to troubleshoot! If something’s going wrong with your machine or project, you’ll want to know why. You’ll want to know the different reasons why this problem might be happening so you can locate the cause of the problem and fix it!

A great way to learn this skill is to look at articles that explain the different reasons why problems might be happening and learn from them!

   2. Creative and detail-oriented

Being creative is such a key aspect of machine embroidery! Picking out fun designs and embroidering them out onto a nice new towel, shirt or anything else you might be thinking of is one of the best parts of machine embroidery!

Knowing the different details of designs and knowing what works on what materials/fabric is so important!

Unlike some of the other skills, this one is learned more by doing! Being creative and detail-oriented is a skill that you’ll just start to have as you learn machine embroidery!

   3. Sewing skills 

Not only do I think machine embroiderers should learn how to sew, but I think that everyone should know how to sew! Sewing is an amazing skill and can actually be really helpful in saving money! (Unless you’re like me and spend way too much on this addicting hobby!!)

If something gets a hole in it or is a little small, you can sew it up and it’ll be as good as new!

This skill is not too difficult to learn as a beginner! I think that it may even be easier to learn than machine embroidery! A great way to learn is to read blog posts, watch YouTube videos and maybe even just learn from trial and error!

  4. Know the different types of fabric and how to machine embroider them

There are so many different types of fabric and materials! As a machine embroidered, you should try and learn how to embroider almost all of them! Take it slow at first, starting with the easier fabrics/materials like cotton, fleece and towels!

This skill can be learned by reading how-to articles! Make sure that you know the size and type of needle you should use, the type of stabilizer needed and anything else that may vary between different materials!

   5. Design editing and converting

One myth people say is that machine embroiderers have to purchase embroidery software, this is NOT true!! 

You do NOT need software to embroider! Tons of machine embroiderers that are very successful and know what they’re doing don’t even have software!

But don’t get me wrong, tons do have software! It’s completely up to you if you would like to buy software, just make sure you do your research!

A way to get designs if you don’t want software is to purchase them online from places like Etsy and Creative Fabrica!

But what I do think is that you should know how to edit designs! This can be very basic, it can even just be knowing how to edit designs on the screen of your machine before you even click start embroidery! 

You can also use a free program called “Wilcom TrueSizer” you can also convert your designs with this program! (Converting embroidery designs means to change the format, while all machines use different formats, DST will be compatible with all machines!) Wilcom TrueSizer will allow you to change the size of a design (I recommend only resizing designs 10% more or less otherwise you will mess with the stitch density. 

I hope this article will help you become an even better embroiderer than you already are! (And you’re already really good!) let me know if you have any questions by leaving a comment!

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