From History To Technology- Embroidery Sewing Machines For You!

Does embroidery fascinate you? How about showing your skill to the world then? With the advent of technology, there have been sewing machines that are only dedicated to the embroidery designing and using them can easily help you in stitching so many different designs and that too much faster than what you would have achieved doing it with hand.

Your design, your creativity, and the technology of machine, just speed up the process, amazing, isn’t it? So, what are you waiting for? Purchase an embroidery machine and take your business to the next level very easily. There are different types of machines for home and commercial use and read on to know more about this wonderful sewing machine.

#Some Interesting Facts

How about trying to know embroidery more in details? Since childhood, you have definitely come across a fair amount of utilitarian embroidery that your mom or your granny might have done for you. They were simple designs probably in a handkerchief or your swimming suit. But the trend changed completely now, and all you can find is some fancy-dancy sewing machines where doing an embroidery is as simple as it can be.

Okay, let us take you back to time and help you to learn more about this fashionable art. These facts are entertaining enough. Take a look.

1. Definition: Do you know what embroidery actually means? Probably you have never gone that far, and your research was limited to the designs and the process of embroidery. So, embroidery is basically any form of textile foundation that is carried out with a thread and a needle. And definitely this definition makes sense. This is exactly how embroidery is done, right? So, it is not about joining two or many fabric pieces together, rather decorating a fabric using needle and floss.

2. How Old: When did this embroidery thing come into existence? Well, if you research a bit, you will be in awe to know that it is really old. Want some evidence to prove it? There is a fossil which dates back to 30,000 BC showing embroidery on the items hunters had with them. So, all you see in this modern era is something with a twist and innovated way that already had existence in the past. And today, with so many different types of sewing machines, embroidery has become a good subject for business. Fascinating and interesting, isn’t it?​

3. Why: So, now you know embroidery has been in the past, in the present and even will be in future. Indeed this art is so beautiful. But have you ever thought what could have been the real purpose of doing embroidery? Back in those days, when the term fashion and trend has no existence, what is it that can make a dress look beautiful or little different from the rest?Well, at that time, people used embroidery to decorate clothes, or for any religious purposes and the more obvious reason, to customize a costume in their own way. And it is no wonder that the reason is still the same.​

4. Famous:​ This art became so famous over the years, and the intricate designs even made the pieces to be displayed in the museum. Well, on visiting a museum, one can find some of the amazing embroidery pieces. There are some of the amazing embroidery collections that one can find in the museums of Northern France. But, do you know, which is the famous piece of embroidery? It is the Bayeux Tapestry, and if you want to see this, there are many sites where you can find this beautiful piece.

5. Machines:​ There was a time when hand embroidery was the only possible thing. This was the process which was existent some 30,000 years ago until the introduction of machines. During 1800, the world has undergone a transitional shift, and there was a big revolution, which provided the industries all the new ways through which they can easily sew fabric. And embroidery was not any exception. Many machines were thus invented with the sole purpose of embroidery. And the multi-step process that started in the 1800s is still ongoing and will continue to be.

6. Hand Stitches: People tried a new type of stitches to give the embroidery patterns a new look. While machines can easily create new designs, it was not that simple with the hand stitches. Apart from the time-consuming factor, an individual needs to be really skillful enough to try out embroidery. And so from that time to even now, there have been five different main type of hand stitches, which are an outline, lazy daisy, satin, French knot, and cross. Do you know how to do all the different type of stitches? If not, you can always learn it provided you are interested in trying out hand stitches!​

7. Designs: You must be feeling blessed that you are born in this technological era when everything is possible just with few clicks. And when it comes to designs, what you need to do is just Google for the same or try out the inbuilt designs. There are even tutorials that one can go through to understand the designs and the process of doing it. And while everything seems to be so very simple, have you ever considered what used to happen in the ancient time? Those people back then were so imaginative that there was practically no need for any extra design support.

8. Floss: There are different types of floss that are being made for the purpose of doing embroidery. One can easily purchase it online or can visit the shop to select from unparallel colors and weight. To make the design more lively, using the correct floss as per the weight of the fabric is very important. And even there are some of the websites that are purely dedicated to sewing materials, where finding any shade of floss is completely guaranteed.​

9. Popular: While there are so many machines available for embroidery, there is a constant fight to figure out the best sewing machine. All the machines are so appealing that it is really hard to find out anyone from the list. So, if you are shopping online, the best you can do is, go through the reviews and definitely you will have a clear idea. Even some of the top machines are listed below. And you can check here too.​

10. Word Meaning: Well, there is yet another literal meaning. If someone is telling you that an individual is embroidering, it means that individual is embellishing the truth. But while the ancient embroideries were dependent on natural situations, it goes with the meaning. But again everything is not always the truth, unlike this article which is!​

" Sewing is a very creative thing, and embroidery is its discipline with more fine and intricate details. And if you are really keen about this, you can check out some online tutorials. And to add to your comfort and ease, the embroidery sewing machines are always ready for your help. "


How To Choose The Embroidery Machines?

​While the whole stitching process has changed and the embroidery machines are available with so many different specifications, choosing the right machine is a very tough job indeed. And even when there is a difference in the machines for commercial and house use, there is always a big challenge to understand the machine that will solve your purpose. So, irrespective of where you are using the machines, this list will give you a general idea about the things you need to look for while choosing your machine.

1. Brand Name: Like every other item, there is also some specific brands for sewing machines which are dependable and have been in service for decades. Hence buying from a reputed or trusted brand will definitely help you to avoid any hidden surprises later on completely. And on top of that, manufacturers provide you with a warranty that usually lasts several years from the date of your purchase. And so, if by chance something goes wrong with the machine, there is always a provision for a request for repair or replacement. And top brands will never disappoint you with their services.​

2. Hoop Size: Do you actually know, what is the need of hoop? Well, hoops allow you to narrow down your field of vision and will let you work on a specific area at a time. Hence considering the hoop size while you are purchasing a machine is very important. And for commercial machines, hoop size is one such aspect that cannot be ignored. So, when buying from a direct retailer, you can practically look through it, but although the online mode can’t give you this practical experience, you can always check the details in the specifications.​

3. Sewing Size: Commercial machines have larger sewing size that that of the house sewing machine. And just like the hoop size, sewing size is also a very important thing to be kept in consideration. This size actually refers to the amount of sewing space that is available to you when you are stitching. And this space will determine your ease and comfort. For a standard sewing machine, the sewing size is usually small and ranges from four inches to four inches, whereas the commercial machines have a sewing size even up to 12 inches. So, before purchasing the machine, reconsider what you are actually going to do and shop accordingly.​

4. Internet Connection: ​So, while you are opting for a machine, make sure you can avail the benefits of technology as well. Before purchase, check whether the embroidery sewing machine comes with an internet connection and if it even has provision for Wi-Fi connection, life will become much smooth and easier. Do you know how it can make the stitching process so much easy? Well, through this, anybody can easily download different patterns and various projects in the machine and start to work instantly. Even there are some manufacturers who upload different designs in their respective website, and you can simply download it and access easily through their machines.

5. USB Port vs. Built-in Patterns: The machines having an internet connection may cost you more. And if you cannot afford that, will you be devoid of this technological wonder? Definitely not. For those who have financial constraints, you can look for a machine that comes with a USB port. At least, this way, you can load the downloaded patterns to the USB drive and insert it into the machine and easily access all your patterns. Even you have cheaper versions that come with built-in patterns. You can opt for that too. But while choosing these cheaper models, check the patterns and based on that select your machines. Although there are many appealing patterns, you may not like it all, or maybe you don’t use them. So, in either of the cases, you will just spend but basically will be of no use at all. Are you going to remember that? Well, you should!​

6. Material Types: Depending on the materials that you are going to use, select your machines accordingly. Most of the embroidery machines for home allow you to work on lighter fabrics like cotton. On the other hand, commercial machines can easily work on any type of fabrics, and you can then sew a beautiful embroidery pattern even in wools. So, if embroidery is just your hobby and you are not much interested in spending bucks for your machine, then the limitations in fabrics will have to be faced. The choice is yours and depending on stitching thinner or thicker fabrics; you can easily select the best machine.

7. Thread Installation: An embroidery machine lets you work with different colors of thread and makes your project look very vibrant. And when you are using a basic machine, this will only allow you to work with one thread at a time. And this is when the commercial machines gives you so many options. While you can work with multiple threads at a time, the installation process is a bit tough in a commercial machine compared to a basic model, where you just need to attach the end of the thread to a clip and the machine will automatically wind the thread through.

8. Ease of Use: So, it may be any type of model, the focus should be more on how conveniently you can use it. Although a commercial machine or a highly expensive one will last for years, if you are unable to use it smoothly, there is actually no need of having one. So, how to decide this factor? When you are buying a machine, going through the reviews will explain you very well. Even look for a machine that has a detailed user manual and at the same time that meets your need. Easy, isn’t it?

Note: So, if you are doing a project that involves using thicker and heavier fabric, a commercial embroidery machine is the best solution in this case. And again if you are just a hobbyist, you can very easily go for the standard ones. While you have so many options available, choosing the desired one should not be a problem at all.​


#Before You Try Sewing Machine, Know About It More In Details!

Want to add beauty and themed details to any of your sewing projects, the embroidery sewing machine will just help you do so. And with the increasing demand of this machine, new models are being introduced with upgraded software, making things very easy. So, when you have finally decided to spend huge variable, first of all, know about the machine thoroughly.

1. Embroidery Sewing Machine: And if you are thinking that embroidery machines are only meant for doing embroidery and no other sewing types, then you are absolutely wrong. Although some of the machines are made for the sole purpose of embroidery, there are even high-end machines that can do anything and everything. With a removable embroidery unit, they will meet any of your sewing need. While the dedicated embroidery machines cannot help you with other form of sewing. So, before purchasing your machine, go into every minute detail.

2. Hooping: Hooping is basically putting the fabric in the embroidery sewing machine hoop. The embroidery machines have hoops that can be attached to the embroidery sewing machine hoop. And after hopping, stabilizing and tightening is the most important step that will allow the fabric to stay in the position while the design is embroidered by the machine. The design will not be stitched correctly if the fabric moves. And how can you understand that? Well, if the border is not lined up with the design, this is a common indication that the fabric moved. So, in short, hopping can be thought of this way. As the embroidery machine stitches the design, the hoop acts as your presser foot.

So, if you have a machine, which already has a hoop and can effectively carry put embroidery, you can add hoop if free motion embroidery is what you are looking for. How? Check out these hopping tips for embroidery.

  • To keep the layers together, moisten the fabric in the stabilizer. This is the best way, and nothing works, whether doing it by hands or machine, as nicely, to hold the fabric in place. Even there are certain machines that allow you to do the steps while the fabric is in the hoop.
  • In the case of embroidery items that are too smaller for the hoop, at that time the first and foremost thing to do is to bind the stabilizer before attaching the fabric to it. Either you can use an inbuilt sticking featured stabilizer or simply paste the fabric to the stabilizer with the help of an adhesive spray. The fabric should be perfectly aligned to the stabilizer and to ensure that make a right-angled figure which is bigger than your hoop on a plain sheet with the help of a ruler and a black marker. Now it’s time for placing the paper below the stabilizer in a way that the lines match in the center parallel to the hoop and on each. The lines will act as an indicator in properly positioning the fabric, and the design will be just in the middle.
  • You can use any type of adhesive for hopping. In the case of a temporary one, make a protection so that the hoop is not damaged. In such case, you can make a shield to protect the hoop. So how to make it then? Well, follow these steps. Take a rectangular paper, plastic or lightweight cardboard, which is two times compared to the volume of the hoop. Now cut a window of about ½ inch, smaller than the size of the hoop from the center of the paper. So, while spraying, position the window correctly so that the fabric gets exposed.
  • Use a strong adhesive tape to keep the top hoop and fabric together during hopping. To get the best result, you can use ¼ inch transparent and double sided Collins Wonder Tape on the underside of the top of the hoop, so that the hoop is perfectly placed over the fabric. Without moving the fabric, one can bring out easily everything into the lower hoop. So, what is the function of the tape basically? The tape helps in keeping the fabric together in a way so that it doesn’t slip around when you are trying to bind it. And no need to worry about the tape also. After using it several times, when it is no longer sticky, you can easily rinse it off.
  • Near the hoop’s last tightening screw, place the edge of the hoop. When this is done, it will allow you to easily place the hoop which is on the top to bring in position and at the same time adjust the hoop if it is necessary. To make necessary adjustment of the screw, without actually raising the screw from your working area, you need to position the corner or the edge of the table.

3. Stabilizer: Embroidery machines are designed in a way that it uses a daring foot which is actually not below the fabric and even feed dog is absent that will at least keep the fabric in right position. And so the need of stabilizer is anticipated then. With its help, it basically stiffens the fabric to hold it in position as the embroidery version continues working with the hoop together.

There are different types of stabilizers that can be widely found. While some are used beneath the embroidering piece, some are found above it. In the case of napped fabric like terry cloth, the stabilizer is needed on top to keep the nap down in position and preventing the fabric from coming out of the design. While the water soluble will get dissolved in water and the heat will convert to ash when it is ironed, you are sure to get no glimpse of it but the same time it will keep the fabric together, and your job will be done.

4. Digitizing: Although it is a very complex process when it is being executed but can be explained very easily. This is the method of taking an image and converting it into a process that the embroidery machines can understand. This is done with the help of software that is embedded in the embroidery sewing machines. So, once the image has been digitized, everything else is taken care of by the embroidery machine. The digitizing process is not that simple one needs to have through knowledge of computer graphics to understand the finest details of digitizing in an embroidery machine.​

5. Free Motion Embroidery: Unlike doing embroidery in an embroidery sewing machine, this is about doing embroidery in the standard sewing machine. This art doesn’t require an embroidery sewing machine to create a design. Then how embroidery is done is the obvious question going on in your mind, right? So, with the help of an embroidery sewing machine, the design that you have created is free hand was drawn and this way you can fill your design. This is a very tough technique compared to embroidery using the machine. In free motion embroidery, a darning foot takes the place of a feed dog. But the main problem is to move the hands continuously with that of the working pace of sewing machine, and only then there will be even stitches. Sounds pretty tough, isn’t it? Well, thanks to some of the companies for their introduction of stitch regulators that makes this form of art very easy. Planning to give it a try then?