Textile Tips for Machine Embroidery

These tips will help make your machine embroidered projects stand out from the crowd!

Embroidered textiles have one thing in common – lots, and lots of texture. There are several ways to emphasize texture so that your projects look spectacular, and all of these designs are 70% off this week!

Thread Types and Weights Make a Difference

Cotton thread mimics traditional heirloom quality handwork. Cutwork Corner from Mar Lena Embroidery stands out above the fabric. Alternately, you can also give the embroidery dimension by stitching with a heavier thread weight.

Normally, we stitch with 40 wt. thread. A 30 wt. thread is thicker than that and 12 wt. is thicker yet.

Best Fabrics for Textile Embroidery

When you think of textiles, think woven fabric. That is why we see so many cotton and linen projects associated with textile art.

Another choice, particularly for heirloom embroidery, is silk dupioni. You can see the rough woven texture and soft sheen in Dainty Daisy Table Toppers from Designs 4 Africa.

Textile Embroidery Techniques

Designs digitized to pile up or build upon thread are the kind that most resemble authentic textiles.

Candlewicking by machine, like the Candlewick Rose Quilt from Sweet Heirloom Embroidery, is so much easier than stitching it by hand.

Pretty Doilies 2 from Designs 4 Africa features both cutwork and gorgeous bullion roses. By hand, bullions are made by wrapping thread around the needle. By machine, the stitches build up layers to produce the same result.

Cross stitch is another embroidery technique typically done by hand on woven fabrics. Becky J Cross Stitch makes it look easy with Whimsical Easter Baskets. Embroider on osnaburg fabric for an authentic look.

A special stitching technique by Mar Lena Embroidery makes standard stitching

look quite real with Velvet Flowers.

Grab a design at a fantastic price and try a new technique!