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EMBROIDERY Q & A: Tips and Tricks to Save You Time, Money, and Maybe Even Your Sanity

(April 2008) posted on Tue Apr 22, 2008

Stuck on a stitch? Dealing with a daunting design? The advice presented here can help you overcome some of the challenges you may face in the production of embroidered goods.

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By Malcolm Eckel, Sherry Higgins

All embroiderers at one time or another experience the frustration of not having a design sew out as planned. Not only can this be expensive in terms of ruined garments, but it can also be time consuming to try to figure out what went wrong and how to correct the problem. The following pointers address some common embroidery concerns and offer simple solutions.

Q: I sometimes notice that a line of stitches is missing in the middle of my fill when I’m sewing a fill area. What can I do to keep this from happening?

A: If you create a fill area that sews part of the way in one direction, then walks to the other end of the fill and sews back in the other direction, it will often leave a gap in the middle of the fill. Material bunching is the cause. Material slightly builds up ahead of the stitching as you sew the fill. It does the same thing when it walks away and starts sewing back to the middle, and you’ll find a buildup of material where the two fill areas meet that looks like it’s missing a few rows of stitching.

You can do a couple of things to keep this from happening. In general, you want your fill to sew all in one direction. Create a fill area in your digitizing software and close your shape, then select where you want to put your exit point. If you were stitching horizontally, you would want to set your exit point at the top or the bottom. If you were stitching vertically, you would want your exit point on the left or the right side. It doesn’t usually matter which direction you sew as long as you sew in one direction.


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