All you need to know about embroidery

Updated: Mar 31

Embroidery is an excellent technique as it’s ideal for all types of clothing from corporate clothing, uniforms, work trousers, embroidered workwear and any other types of clothing that you can think of.

Crafty Print provides embroidery services to companies both large and small – adding your company logo to garments is the perfect way to customise your clothing and ensure that your brand name and logo is represented perfectly.

The low of embroidery makes it ideal for start-up companies and large organisations with a large workforce. T-Shirt and the embroidered polo shirts are popular amongst many of the companies we provide. But it isn’t just tops that can be embroidered on to.

If your company involves staff working outside, in harsher conditions then you can customise a wide range of different winter work clothing and accessories such as fleeces, beanie hats, caps, embroidered jackets, trousers – you name it we can embroider onto it.

We use only use the best which is why we use Madeira Threads. . Offering fantastic colour fastness our embroidery stitches and embroidery patterns always produces a high quality finish, a sophisticated look and excellent durability.

Our customer service team and on hand for whatever printed or embroidered need you have, whether it be for workwear, promotional clothing or embroidered clothing for personal wear, contact us today and let one of our experts provide you with all the advise you need.

How the embroidery process works

Our machines can add beauty and themed detail to anything you sew. The amount you will invest in an embroidery sewing machine has become a huge variable, the software you purchase to work with designs for the machines, and the size of the embroidery the embroidery machine is capable of stitching out.

Some machines are "embroidery only" machines. These sewing machines are solely devoted to doing machine embroidery. They do not do the work of a regular sewing machine.

Other machines, the higher end of the market, offer sewing machines that can do everything. They usually have a removable embroidery unit, so the machine will meet any sewing need.

As always a local sewing machine dealer can be your best source for training. It's always advisable to know what you are looking for before you go shopping.

What Is Hooping? 

Embroidery sewing machines come with hoops that attach to sewing machines. Hooping is putting the fabric into an embroidery sewing machine hoop. Stabilizing and tightness are important; unlike hand embroidery, the fabric must stay in the same position while the sewing machine embroiders the design. If the fabric moves, the design will not stitch out correctly. The border not lining up with the rest of the design is a common telltale that the fabric moved.

The simplest way to think of hooping is that the hoop is acting as your presser foot as the machine stitches the design.

What Is Stabiliser backing? 

A stabiliser "stiffens" the fabric to hold it taut as the embroidery sewing machine does its work, working in conjunction with proper hooping.

What Do Stabilizers Do? 

There are a variety of stabilizers available with a variety of purposes and uses. Some are used below the fabric you are embroidering; others are used on the top; napped fabric, such as Terry fabric needs a stabiliser on top to hold the nap down and prevent the loops of fabric from poking through the embroidery design. Water Soluble and Heat Away are commonly used as topside stabilizers. Water Soluble will dissolve in water. Heat Away turns to ash with the heat of an iron. Either one will leave no trace of the stabilizer but will hold the fabric down to get the job done.

What Is Digitizing? 

Digitising is the process of taking an image and turning it into a language that embroidery sewing machines understand, using software that is designed to work with embroidery sewing machines. Once the image has been digitised the embroidery sewing machine understands what to do in order to stitch out the image.

Digitising is not a simple process unless you have worked with computer graphics and have the patience to learn all the intricacies of machine embroidery digitizing.

If you're searching for personalised workwear, or for any other type of printed or embroidered clothing, get in touch today and one of our team member will be happy to help.

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