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5 Of the Best Tools to Have for Machine Embroidery

 This article is brought to you by Lizzsews.

Here are 5 of the best additional tools to purchase for machine embroidery. I consider each and every one of these tools essential for your embroidery journey!

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   1. Iron + ironing board 

You will definitely need an iron and ironing board so you’re not embroidering wrinkled and creased fabric. If you don’t smooth out your fabric before you use it, it will ruin your final product.

   2. Scissors

If you’re interested in doing lots of appliqué, it’s definitely a good idea to get curved scissors. If you aren’t going to be doing appliqué very often then just a small pair of thread scissors (like the ones that came with your machine) will do you just fine!

Recommended read: How to embroider Lego Baby Yoda with rectangle appliqué

You’ll also need fabric and paper scissors. That way you can cut the fabric you’re going to embroider and you can cut your patterns. I also recommend a spare pair of scissors. You can never have too many scissors...


Rotary cutter and self-healing cutting mat

This will make cutting fabrics to the size you want them not only easier but much more accurate! It will also make it easier to cut bigger pieces of fabric.

   3. Measuring tape and sewing gauge

You’ll be surprised at how many times you’ll use your measuring tape and sewing gauge! For example, if you need to make sure that you centre an embroidery design, and to determine the size of the design you'll need for a specific project.

Recommended read: How To Transfer Embroidery Designs To USB Stick To Embroidery Machine

   4. Little garbage cup

A little cup with a lid that you can open to put garbage in is a lifesaver. All those pesky jump stitch threads that you cut can go in the little garbage, and you won’t have threads laying around everywhere!

Recommended read: How to cut those pesky jump stitches when machine embroidering

   5. Thread rack


You’re going to need somewhere to put your threads, a thread rack is a nice way to keep your threads with easy access, a nice display, and out of the way. I don't have much tabletop space, so I use a shoebox with cardboard inserts and store them in a drawer.

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