July 31st, 2018

Part 1

How to Embroider on Delicate Fabric

          Few gifts are treasured more than those made of fine fabrics like linen or cotton.  They become even more precious when  personalized with your machine embroidery  for a noteworthy event or a special individual.

Over the next few weeks, I will be posting segments on how to successfully embroider on delicate and light weight fabric like the beautiful handkerchiefs from Embroiderthis.com. This part Part 1 installment will help you choose the right tools for this type of an embroidery project.

First, always begin with quality  cotton or linen handkerchiefs.  Best results are obtained when embroidering on an item made from natural fiber if it has been pre-washed  to allow for any shrinkage that might occur prior to embroidering.  It is also a good idea to press the item while it is still slightly damp applying a light layer of starch to give body to delicate fabrics.  The fine linens from Embroider This! , including our handkerchiefs, are pre-washed and ironed with starch during the manufacturing process so they come to you ready for embroidery when you take them out of the package! After embroidery,  Embroider This! recommends a gentle cold water hand wash and air dry for the care of their fine handkerchiefs.

You will also need a few other tools for your embroidery project. The use of  a new machine embroidery needle in size 75/11 is a necessity to prevent any pulls or snags when embroidering on delicate fabrics. Embroider This! offers Organ Titanium Machine Embroidery Needles that are considered the best in the industry. These machine embroidery needles are the choice of embroidery professionals and stay sharp much longer than other brands.  Since both sides of the final product will be seen, a sheer stabilizer like Sulky’s Soft ‘n Sheer is the stabilizer of choice. A temporary fabric adhesive like 505 Spray offered by Embroider This! may be used to temporarily secure the item in the hoop or you may prefer a fine straight pins like size 22-ulta-fine.  Part 2 will Detail  the hooping process for handkerchiefs.

The final element to the success of  embroidering delicate fabrics like handkerchiefs  is your choice of embroidery design.  Choose one that is light and airy like the fabric and be sure the stitches are not too dense in any part of the design. Avoid designs that include heavy underlying stitches or one in which several colors are embroidered on top of each other.

Heavy or dense designs do not look pleasing on the delicate fabric of handkerchiefs and may put stress on the fabric.  To help you choose an appropriate designs, it is recommended that you take the time to stitch out a test sample of the design. Although this test stitch step seems time consuming, it will ultimately save you time, money and heartache later on by helping you make the best choice of design for your delicate handkerchief before you start to stitch and prevent you from making a frustrating, expensive and time consuming mistake! If you decide to stitch out a sample, use inexpensive lightweight muslin or batiste fabric which has been pre-washed and dried so it mimics the handkerchief fabric you will be stitching on later.  If you have more experience with designs and different fabric types, you may be able to  view the design in a software editing program and evaluate it’s density in relation to the delicate fabric. If you have design editing software,  you can view the amount of stitches that are stacked on top of one another and evaluate the denseness of the design. Some programs also allow you to reduce the density of the design.

The following diagram illustrates what a dense design and a light, airy design look like in your embroidery editing program to help you learn how to choose the best designs for your handkerchief project.

 

Embroider This! offers over 300 Free Embroidery Designs and several free designs that have been digitized specifically for the fabric weight of handkerchiefs.

Over the next few weeks, I will be posting more installments on “How To Embroider on Delicate Fabrics”.  The next post will teach you the best way to hoop delicate fabrics and this will be followed by tips and tricks for how to use a printed template,  design placement tips and tricks, thread choices, and using organza fabric to stabilize delicate fabrics. I will be adding  new free designs you can download from www.embroiderthis.com to go along with these projects.

I’m traveling all of next week so look for the next installment of these posts at the end of April.

I hope you enjoy this series on “How to Embroider on Delicate Fabrics” and I hope it increases your creativity and confidence with machine embroidery.   Please leave me a comment to let me know your feedback!

 


July 18th, 2017

The Men’s Satin Banded Handkerchief is the long-standing standard in a cotton men’s handkerchief. It is man-sized at 16.5 inches, is made of durable 100% cotton, and had the banding along the edge that gives it a touch of elegance.

We have recently introduced the Men’s Classic Banded, which is very similar in appearance. It shares all of the best elements of the Satin Banded, but the accent stripes are a bit different. Here is a close-up comparison:

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As you can see, the banding in the new Classic Banded is closer to the edge of the handkerchief. The other difference is the hem – the Satin Banded is a hand-rolled hem, while the Classic Banded is stitched. However, both are great everyday handkerchiefs, sure to please the gentleman (and gentlemen always carry handkerchiefs!).


What is ramie?

June 5th, 2017

Ramie, pronounced either ray-mee or rah-mee, is a natural fiber produced from a plant that is part of the nettle family. Although not well known in the United States, cloth made from ramie has around since ancient times – it was used to wrap Egyptian mummies as early as 5000 B.C., and it has been used in China for over 2000 years.

Ramie has an unevenness of fiber that resembles the thick-and-thin appearance of linen. It is one of the strongest natural fibers, somewhat stronger than linen, particularly when wet.  Ramie is extremely absorbent, softer than linen, and more easily dyed. It does not shrink, so it is frequently used as a blend with cotton to reduce shrinkage of a fabric item.

Ramie, like linen and cotton, wrinkles easily. Like linen, sharply pressed creases tend to be difficult to change, so it is best stored flat. Ramie shares linen’s natural stain resistance, and it can be machine washed with cold water and then line-dried.


Washing cotton towels

January 14th, 2016

With the introduction of our new Accent Stripe Kitchen Towel and Honeycomb Towel with Flat Band, we have had a number of questions about washing, and about shrinkage as a result of washing. When we washed these towels, shrinkage was about normal for 100% cotton towels. For the Accent Stripe Kitchen Towel, the shrinkage was about 7% in both dimensions, and the towel held up very well to washing. Here is a photo comparison, with the washed version straight from the dryer:

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The Honeycomb Towel with Flat Band was also washed and run through the dryer, using normal settings for a cotton towel. This towel had slightly more shrinkage, about 12% in both dimensions, likely due to the honeycomb-style waffle. The waffle held up well, retaining its distinctive pattern without the excessive waffling that distort the shape of the towel. Here is the before and after photo, with the after version pictured exactly as it emerged from the dryer:

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In both cases, these towels proved to be able to stand up to washing, making them a great item for your embroidery.


August 26th, 2014

Our newest products are burlap placemats and coasters. They are the first burlap items we have produced, so we asked embroidery expert Deborah Jones to show you how she recommends handling these items.

In the video, Deborah shows a step-by-step demonstration of hooping and applying stabilizers to these items, and makes offers some tips on stitch density and patterns:

The Stiffy stabilizer that Deborah mentions is available on Embroider This, as well as 505 Spray (an equivalent to the spray that Deborah uses). The basting stitch is also available (in DST format only, we are working on the other formats).


July 1st, 2014

Infant hooded robes are back on Embroider This and Wholesale Linens. The robes are our own design, made of thirsty 100% cotton terry with pink- or blue-striped accents. While they look great as is, you can add your own personal touch by adding a design or name.

In our latest “how-to” video, embroidery expert Deborah Jones demonstrates how to make a great looking embroidered addition to these robes. Note the technique of combining iron-on and sticky stabilizers to avoid pulling terry loops at 1:50 in the video:

The Solvy water soluble, Totally Stable, and sticky stabilizers that Deborah used are available at Embroider This. Also, the sailboat design is available on our Free Designs page, along with over two hundred other free designs.


April 17th, 2014

Our line of Children’s Aprons features bright, primary colors that make them appealing for so many occasions! And personalizing them with machine embroidery makes them extra special. Here is embroidery expert Deborah Jones showing some suggestions on placement of the embroidery, along with some decorating tips:

Both the Sulky Tear Away and Solvy are available at www.embroiderthis.com. And the  Mod Heart free design is one of over 200 free designs that we have available.

Embroider This is now on Facebook!  “Like” us for updates on news and upcoming products that we will have available!


January 26th, 2014

The Baby Bloomers with Pink Trim have been a popular addition to our line of Baby Bloomers, Boxers, Knickers, & Diaper Covers. Adding some embroidery to the seat area converts a useful product to a great gift, one that has been popular for many years. Embroidery expert Deborah Jones now demonstrates how to get that embroidered embellishment in just the right spot:

The kitty design that Deborah uses in this video is available on our Free Designs Page.  The Tear-Easy Stabilizer is available in both an eight-inch width and a twelve-inch width. Also available are the 75/11 embroidery needles, in a five-pack or a ten-pack. All products featured in this video are available at Embroiderthis.com

Embroider This is now on Facebook!  “Like” us for updates on news and upcoming products that we will have available!


January 5th, 2014

Our Variegated Weave Cosmetic bags make great gifts, particularly when you add your design or a monogram.   In this video embroidery expert Deborah Jones offers her tips for aligning, hooping, applying stabilizers, and removing stabilizers to easily create a wonderful gift. Here is her process:

The bag Deborah uses in this video is our new Variegated Weave Cosmetic bag. These cosmetic bags offer a wonderful variegated-color weave exterior made of durable 100% polyester. They have a sturdy zipper and cloth straps at each end, both done in white to accent the distinctive color weave. We also offer the ever popular Embroider This brand of waffle weave cosmetic bags. The Variegated bags and the Waffle Weave bags are both available in large and in small in multiple colors. All products featured in this video are available at Embroiderthis.com

Embroider This is now on Facebook!  “Like” us for updates on news and upcoming products that we will have available!


December 10th, 2013

Some of our cotton interlock products feature two layers of fabric, which gives them a wonderful plush feel. However, embroidering two layers presents some special challenges. Here’s industry expert Deborah Jones showing how to avoid the most common problems when dealing with this.

You can use the techniques that Deborah demonstrated on our interlock cotton toddler bibs, infant bibsreversible blankets, and hats. The Angel embroidery design used in the video is available in two sizes, and is one of hundreds of  free designs available at Embroider This.

Embroider This is now on Facebook!  “Like” us for updates on news and upcoming products that we will have available!