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DIY Embroidery: A How-To Guide

Everyone wants to be unique. Not just their personality but their appearance as well. The easiest way to express your uniqueness is by wearing custom embroidered clothing. You can design it yourself so no one else will have anything like it. You may be thinking to yourself, “I don’t know how to embroider.” Well, it’s not as hard as you may think. Embroidery make take some practice to make it perfect, but if you start making yourself enough custom shirts you are sure to get good at it.  Here are some tips for DIY embroidery.

First begin with choosing the shirt you are going to embroider. For beginnings start with something simple, like adding embroidery to a pocket. You are going to draw out in marker on the shirt what you want embroidered on it. For example, if you wanted to embroider a quote on your shirt, write out the quote in the font and size you want it to be.

There are many different types of embroidery stitches. Choosing out which one to use depends on how you want the design to look on your shirt.

The back stitch is the most basic embroidery stitch. This is used to produce a thin stitch. This looks best for outlines or letters. The blanket stitch is another basic stitch. It looks best when used as edging for an embroidery project.

The Bosnian stitch is slightly difficult. This is a zigzag stitch so it is extremely versatile and can be used in a variety of embroidery projects. The buttonhole stitch is commonly used for surface embroidery or edging. The cable stitch can be used on plain weave or even weave fabric. It can be grouped into rows and used as filling.

The chain stitch would be the most useful stitch to know how to do. There are a variety of different chain stitches. If you know how to do one of them, you’ll likely be able to do them all. The different varieties of chain stitching can allow you to do a multitude of embroidery.

The colonial knot is used most commonly in candlewick embroidery. This uses heavy threads on thick cotton.

The cross stitch is similar to the chain stitch in that it is extremely versatile. There are a variety of different cross stitching that can be used on a variety of fabrics and surfaces.

There are still many more types of stitching. These are just a few examples. If you feel as though you may not be talented enough to make your own embroidery, no problem. American Stitch is a Las Vegas shirt embroidery shop that offers many different services. The pros here are well trained in every type of stitch on every surface and fabric. If you aren’t capable of designing your own , this shop can help you design the unique embroidery that you want. For more information about services and pricing contact 702.233.8567.