Apart from employing the appropriate needles, threads, and fabrics, you’ll simply need to follow some simple steps for bettering the quality of your embroidered end-product. Abiding by the following 7 success tips for hand embroidery will go a long way in ameliorating the look of your needlecraft.
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Machine Maintenance and Backing
Tip #1 – Keep your machine lint and dust free – Dust and lint can cause problems with your power supply and with how the machine runs. Make sure you keep a can of canned air near your machine. Lint brushes are also handy to have and useful for cleaning out the small crevices.
Tip #2 – Keep your machine oiled – Proper lubrication will help ensure your machine runs smoothly. White sewing machine oil can be used for lubricating large moving parts. A zoom spout oiler, which also contains white sewing machine oil, is useful for smaller or hard to reach areas.
Tip #3 – The H Test – The H test will help ensure that your tensions are set correctly. To perform this test, set your machine to sew out the letter H. When you look at the back of your sew out, you should see 2/3 embroidery thread and 1/3 bobbin thread. If you see a different ratio, then your tensions are most likely off.
Tip #4 – Clean your bobbin case – This step is a simple thing but can make a big difference in how well your machine holds tensions. Lint and dust can accumulate under the tension spring and should be removed. Used the edge of playing card or a business card to clean away the debris. Do not use anything metal as that could cause damage to the bobbin case.
Tip #1 – Needle may break because of all the same reasons that thread breaks. Therefore, first follow all steps against thread breakage.
Tip #2 – Remove your hoop, and see what happens at the bottom. You mustn’t see any thread loops there. If you see loops – carefully remove all stitches, reverse your machine several stitches back, and embroider them again.
Tip #3 – Needle may break if the design is too dense, too “fat”. This is especially frequent on photo- stitch designs and sometimes on not properly digitized lace. To overcome this problem, try using a thinner needle. If this doesn’t help – just avoid bulky designs.