How To Use an Embroidery Machine

Embroidery machines are a great way to add personal touches to your clothing, accessories, and home décor. But if you’re new to machine embroidery, it can be a bit daunting to know where to start.

It’s common to feel frustrated when the manual that came with your embroidery machine doesn’t provide the information you need to succeed at machine embroidery. It’s important to first understand the basics of machine embroidery, including the proper use of stabilizers, needles, and thread.

In this blog post, we’ll cover everything you need to know to get started with embroidery machines. We’ll discuss the different types of embroidery machines, the basic supplies you’ll need, and how to use an embroidery machine.

What supplies do I need to get started with machine embroidery?

In addition to an embroidery machine, you’ll need a few basic supplies to get started with embroidery. These include:

  • Fabric: You can embroider on a variety of fabrics, but some fabrics are better suited for embroidery than others. Lightweight fabrics, such as cotton and linen, are a good choice for embroidery.
  • Stabilizer: There are four main types of machine embroidery stabilizers: cut-away, tear-away, wash-away, and heat-away. Cut-away stabilizers remain on the back of the project after stitching and provide a lot of stability, making them the best choice for stretchy and unstable fabrics.
  • Embroidery threads: There are a variety of embroidery threads available, but the most common type is stranded cotton thread. Stranded cotton thread is made up of six strands that can be separated and used individually or together.
  • Embroidery needles: Embroidery needles are specifically designed for embroidery. They have a sharp point that helps to prevent the fabric from fraying.
  • Other supplies: You may also need other supplies, such as a hoop, a hooping mat, a marking pen, and a pair of embroidery scissors.

Choose the Right Embroidery Stabilizer

choosing embroidery stabilizer for beginners

Choosing the right embroidery stabilizer for your project is important to ensure that your embroidery looks its best and that the fabric doesn’t pucker or distort. There are four main types of embroidery stabilizers: cut-away stabilizers, tear-away, wash-away, and heat-away stabilizers.

  • Cut-away stabilizers are the most common type of stabilizer. They are made of a lightweight, tear-resistant material that is easy to remove after the embroidery is finished. Cut-away stabilizers are a good choice for most fabrics, but they are especially well-suited for stretchy fabrics like knits.
  • Tear-away stabilizers are similar to cut-away stabilizers, but they are made of a slightly heavier material that is more difficult to tear away. Tear-away stabilizers are a good choice for fabrics that are prone to puckering, such as lightweight cotton.
  • Wash-away stabilizers are made of a water-soluble material that dissolves completely when the garment is washed. Wash-away stabilizers are a good choice for sheer fabrics and projects that will be washed frequently.
  • Heat-away stabilizers are made of a heat-sensitive material that melts away when the garment is ironed. Heat-away stabilizers are a good choice for projects that will be displayed or framed, as they leave no residue behind.

The best type of stabilizer for your project will depend on the fabric you are using and the type of embroidery you are doing. If you are unsure which type of stabilizer to use, it is always best to consult with an experienced embroiderer.

Types of Embroidery Needles

choosing machine embroidery needles for beginners

When embroidering, you can use a regular sewing machine needle in some cases, but a specialized embroidery machine needle is usually the best option. Embroidery needles have a widened groove and an elongated eye to accommodate embroidery thread more easily. This prevents thread breakage and shredding, which can occur when the needle moves quickly and creates friction during embroidery.

For most everyday projects, I recommend starting with an embroidery machine needle unless you know you need a more specialized type of sewing needle.

Embroidery needles come in different sizes, so you need to choose the needle size based on the weight of your fabric. Thick, heavyweight fabrics require a larger needle than thin, delicate fabrics. Remember that a higher needle number corresponds to a thicker needle.

The tips of embroidery needles can be ballpoint (rounded), sharp (pointy), or universal (a mix of the two). Universal needles work well for most projects, but some densely woven fabrics may need a sharp needle, and knitted fabrics may work best with a ballpoint needle that will gently slide between the threads of the fabric, rather than pierce them.

Here are some tips for choosing the right embroidery needle:

  • Consider the weight of your fabric.
  • Choose a needle with the correct size for your fabric.
  • Change your needle frequently, especially if you are embroidering on a heavy fabric.
  • Test the needle on a scrap of fabric before you start your project to make sure that the size and type are correct.

Thread Types for Machine Embroidery

choosing machine embroidery threads for beginners

Embroidery machines stitch quickly and produce a lot of friction between the thread and the needle eye. Therefore, it is important to use a strong, high-quality embroidery thread. Sewing machine threads are not designed for long-term use in an embroidery machine and can break easily, causing problems with your embroidery project.

The two most common types of embroidery thread are rayon and polyester. Rayon threads are known for their sheen and softness, while polyester threads are more durable and colorfast. I prefer 100% polyester embroidery threads because they are more colorfast and bleach-resistant, but either type will work.

Cotton embroidery threads are also available, but they are not as common as rayon or polyester threads. Cotton threads are often used for hand embroidery, but they can also be used in machine embroidery.

Variegated threads are a type of embroidery thread that is made up of multiple colors. These threads can be used to create a variety of effects, such as blending colors or creating an ombré look.

Metallic threads are another type of embroidery thread that is made up of metal fibers. These threads can be used to add a touch of sparkle or shine to your embroidery projects.

Glow-in-the-dark threads are a type of embroidery thread that is made to glow in the dark. These threads can be used to create fun and unique embroidery projects.

The weight of embroidery thread refers to its thickness. The most common weight of embroidery thread is 40 wt. However, there are also 30 wt, 50 wt, and 60 wt threads available. The weight of the thread you use will depend on the type of fabric you are embroidering on and the look you are trying to achieve.

The bobbin thread is the thread that is used in the bobbin of the embroidery machine. The bobbin thread is usually a different weight than the top thread. The most common weight of bobbin thread is 60 wt. However, there are also 50 wt and 70 wt bobbin threads available.

It is important to use the correct weight of thread for your embroidery project. If you use a thread that is too heavy, it will be difficult to thread the needle and the stitches will be stiff. If you use a thread that is too light, the stitches will be loose and the thread will break easily.

I recommend starting with 40 wt thread, it is a good choice for most machine embroidery projects. This weight of thread is a good balance of strength and flexibility, and it is compatible with most embroidery machines.

As for the bobbin thread, I also recommend using 60 wt thread. This weight of thread is heavier than the top thread, which helps to prevent the bobbin thread from showing through the front of the embroidery.

Embroidery Machine Designs for Beginners

Most modern embroidery machines come with a few built-in designs. However, these designs are often not very impressive, so you will need to download or purchase additional designs for your projects. Here are some tips on how to find and choose embroidery designs:

Embroidery Designs Types

types of embroidery designs - including floral

There are many different types of embroidery designs that you can use with your embroidery machine. Here are a few common types:

  • Fill-stitch designs: These are the most common type of embroidery design. They are filled with stitches of different types, such as satin stitches, backstitches, and running stitches.
  • Applique designs: Applique designs have a border stitch that attaches a piece of fabric to your embroidery blank. They are a great way to add a touch of personality to your projects.
  • Redwork, bluework, or blackwork designs: These are simple single-line running stitch designs that work great on delicate fabrics like tea towels. They can also be used on quilts or even card-stock cards.
  • Free-standing lace designs: these are stitched on water-soluble stabilizer without fabric. When the stabilizer is washed away, you are left with a beautiful lace design.
  • In-the-hoop designs: In-the-hoop designs are small projects that are stitched entirely by your embroidery machine. They are a great way to get started with embroidery or to create unique gifts.

The best way to find the right embroidery design for your project is to experiment with different designs. You can find free embroidery designs online or purchase them from a variety of sources.

Once you have found a few designs that you like, you can stitch them out on different fabrics to see how they look. This will help you to choose the perfect design for your project.

Embroidery Machine File Formats

Different embroidery machine manufacturers use different file formats for their embroidery designs. For example, Brother embroidery machines use .PES file format, while Janome embroidery machines use .JEF file format.

  • Finding the File Format for Your Machine: The best way to find the file format for your embroidery machine is to check the machine’s manual. The manual will usually list the file formats that the machine can read.
  • Downloading Designs in the Correct File Format: When you are downloading embroidery designs, it is important to download them in the correct file format for your machine. If you download a design in the wrong file format, you may not be able to use it on your machine.
  • Converting File Formats: If you do download a design in the wrong file format, you may be able to convert it to the correct file format using embroidery software. However, converting file formats can be a complicated process, so it is best to avoid it if possible.

Here are some tips for finding and downloading embroidery designs in the correct file format:

  1. Check the machine’s manual to find the file format that your machine uses.
  2. Look for websites or stores that offer embroidery designs in the correct file format for your machine.
  3. Read reviews of embroidery designs before you download them to make sure that they are in the correct file format.

Design Size vs. Max Hoop Size

When you are working with an embroidery machine, it is important to know the maximum embroidery area (aka hoop size) for your machine. This is the largest-sized embroidery design that your machine can accommodate at one time.

For example, my old Brother SE625 embroidery machine has a maximum embroidery area of 4″ x 4″. This means that I can only embroider designs that are 4″ x 4″ or smaller on this machine. If I want to embroider a design that is larger than 4″ x 4″, I will need to use a different machine or split the design into multiple parts.

Splitting an embroidery design is the process of dividing a large design into multiple smaller designs that can be stitched out separately. This can be useful if you have a design that is too large to fit on your embroidery machine’s hoop or if you want to stitch the design out in stages.  This can be a bit tricky, so it is not something that I would recommend for beginners.

If you are new to embroidery, it is best to start with designs that are the same size as your machine’s maximum embroidery area. This will help you to learn the basics of embroidery and avoid any frustration.

Here are some tips for working with the maximum embroidery area of your machine:

  • Check your machine’s manual. The manual will usually list the maximum embroidery area for your machine.
  • Choose designs that are the same size as your machine’s maximum embroidery area. This will help you to avoid any problems.
  • Use embroidery software to split large designs into multiple parts. This can be a bit tricky, but it is a way to embroider designs that are larger than your machine’s maximum embroidery area.
  • Be patient. Embroidery can be a bit tricky at first, but with practice, you will get the hang of it.

Downloading Free Embroidery Designs

If you don’t want to create your own embroidery designs or use the designs that come with your machine, you can download designs online. There are many websites that offer free embroidery designs, and some of them even offer designs that are specifically designed for beginners.

Here are a few of the best websites to find free embroidery designs:

  • Creative Fabrica is a website that offers a wide variety of free embroidery designs, including designs for all skill levels.
  • is another great source for free embroidery designs. They have a large selection of designs, and they are constantly adding new ones.
  • Oregon Patchworks is a website that specializes in free embroidery designs for quilters. They have a wide variety of quilting-related designs, including designs for applique, in-the-hoop, and free-standing lace.
  • Ann the Gran is a website that offers a variety of free embroidery designs, including designs for all skill levels. They also have a section of designs that are specifically designed for beginners.

In addition to these websites, there are also many free embroidery designs available on social media. You can find free designs on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

When you are looking for free embroidery designs, it is important to make sure that the designs are compatible with your machine. Most embroidery machines use the .PES file format, but some machines use other file formats. Be sure to check the file format requirements for your machine before you download any designs.

Once you have found some free embroidery designs that you like, you can download them to your computer. You can then transfer the designs to your embroidery machine using a USB cable or a memory card.

Embroidering with free designs is a great way to save money and get started with embroidery. There are many great websites and social media groups that offer free designs, so you are sure to find something that you like.

Here are some additional tips for finding free embroidery designs:

  • Search for “free embroidery designs” on Google. This will bring up a list of websites that offer free designs.
  • Join embroidery groups on social media. Many embroidery groups share free designs with their members.
  • Check with your local embroidery store. Some embroidery stores offer free designs to their customers.

Basics of Embroidery Software for Beginners

embroidery software for beginners

If your embroidery machine came with software, that’s great! However, most entry-level machines do not come with software. If you want to edit, view, or create new designs, you will need to purchase or download embroidery software.

There are many different embroidery software programs available, both paid and free. Some of the most popular free embroidery software programs include:

  • Embird is a comprehensive embroidery software solution that offers a wide range of features for creating, editing, and sharing embroidery designs. It is a great choice for both beginners and experienced embroiderers who are looking for a versatile and easy-to-use program.
  • SE-Filer is a great choice for beginners who are looking for free and easy-to-use embroidery software. It is a powerful tool that can help you view, edit, and convert embroidery designs.
  • Inkstitch is an open-source embroidery software that allows you to create and edit embroidery designs. It’s free to download and use, and it is constantly being updated with new features.

What Can Embroidery Software Do?

Embroidery software can do a variety of things, including:

  • Viewing thumbnails: Embroidery file formats are not recognizable to your computer, so you will need software to view thumbnails of your designs. This will allow you to see what the design looks like before you stitch it out.
  • Editing designs: Embroidery software you can use to edit designs. This includes resizing designs, changing colors, and adding or removing stitches.
  • Converting file formats: Embroidery software you can use to convert file formats. This means that you can save your designs in a format that is compatible with your embroidery machine.
  • Creating new designs: Embroidery software can use to create new designs. This is a great way to customize your embroidery projects.

Create Your New Designs

If you want to create new embroidery designs, you will need digitizing software. Digitizing software allows you to trace images or create your own designs from scratch. It can be a complex and expensive process, so it is a good idea to master the basics of machine embroidery before you purchase digitizing software.

There are two main types of digitizing software: auto-digitizing and manual digitizing. Auto-digitizing software uses image files to create embroidery designs. This is a quick and easy way to create designs, but it can be limited in terms of the quality of the designs. Manual digitizing software allows you to create designs from scratch. This is a more complex process, but it gives you more control over the design.

Some popular digitizing software programs include:

  • SewArt: This program offers both auto-digitizing and manual digitizing features. It is a good choice for beginners who want to create simple designs.
  • Embrilliance Stitch Artist: This program is a popular choice for manual digitizing. It offers many features and is easy to use.
  • Hatch 3 Digitizer: This program is another popular choice for manual digitizing. It offers a wide range of features and is compatible with a variety of embroidery machines.

Here are some additional tips for creating new embroidery designs:

  • Start with simple designs and gradually work up to more complex ones.
  • Use reference images to help you create your designs.
  • Experiment with different colors and types of stitches.
  • Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Digitizing is a learning process, and everyone makes mistakes.

With a little practice, you will be creating beautiful embroidery designs in no time!

Embroidery Design Editing and Splitting

When you download an embroidery design, it may not be the perfect size for your project. In this case, you will need to use embroidery software to resize the design.

Your embroidery machine may allow you to resize designs within the machine interface, but this is limited. If you resize a design too much, the stitch density will change, which can result in thick, overlapped stitching or thin stitching that won’t cover your blank.

Embroidery software can help you resize designs without changing the stitch density. It can also help you combine multiple design files into one design, add lettering to designs, preview thread color changes, and more.

Two basic and affordable embroidery software programs that can do these basic things are Embrilliance Essentials and SewWhat-Pro. These software programs also allow you to split large designs into sections to accommodate smaller embroidery hoops.

Here are some tips for editing and splitting designs with embroidery software:

  • Start with a simple design and gradually work your way up to more complex designs.
  • Use reference images to help you resize and split your designs.
  • Experiment with different features and settings to see what works best for you.
  • Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Editing and splitting designs is a learning process, and everyone makes mistakes.

With a little practice, you will be editing and splitting designs like a pro in no time!

How to Set Up Your Embroidery Machine

Now that you have your supplies and have learned about designs, it’s time to start setting up to embroider!

Simple Tips for Marking Embroidery Blanks

t-shirt - Marking Embroidery Blanks

Before you can hoop or float your embroidery project, you need to mark the center of your embroidery blank. This will help you to line up the design correctly when you hoop it.

There are many different marking tools that you can use, but my two favorites are water-soluble fabric pens and chalk wheels. Water-soluble pens are great for light-colored, non-delicate fabrics, while chalk wheels are better for darker fabrics or delicate fabrics that won’t tolerate water.

To mark the center of your embroidery blank, you can use either of the following methods:

  • Use a water-soluble fabric pen to draw a cross-hair pattern on your blank. This will create two lines that intersect at the center of the blank.
  • Use a chalk wheel to mark two points that are equidistant from the edges of the blank. These two points will also be the center of the blank.

Once you have marked the center of your embroidery blank, you can proceed with hooping or floating your project.

Here are some additional tips for marking embroidery blanks:

  • Use a light touch when marking your blank. This will make it easier to remove the marks later.
  • If you are using a water-soluble pen, make sure to test it on an inconspicuous area of your fabric first to make sure that it does not bleed.
  • If you are using a chalk wheel, make sure to shake off any excess chalk before marking your blank.

Hoop Your Fabric

embroidery machine hoop

Hooping fabric for machine embroidery is an important skill for beginners to learn. It is important to hoop the fabric tautly, but without stretching or distorting it.

Here are the steps on how to hoop fabric for machine embroidery:

  • Prepare fabric and stabilizer. Cut the stabilizer to a size that is slightly larger than your embroidery hoop. Then, place the stabilizer on top of the bottom hoop frame.
  • Place fabric on top of the stabilizer. Center the fabric on the stabilizer, making sure that the marked center of the fabric is aligned with the center of the hoop.
  • Secure the fabric in place. You can use temporary fabric adhesive, sticky adhesive stabilizer, or even fusible stabilizer to temporarily adhere the fabric to the stabilizer.
  • Press the top hoop onto the bottom hoop. Make sure that the two hoops are aligned properly.
  • Remove any excess fabric. Use your fingers to gently pull away any excess fabric from the back of the hoop.

Once the fabric is hooped, test the tension by gently pulling on the corners. The fabric should be taut but not stretched.

Floating Fabric: A Solution for When You Can’t Hoop

When you cannot hoop your fabric for machine embroidery, you can float the fabric. This means that you hoop only the stabilizer and then adhere the fabric to the front of the stabilizer.

There are many different ways to float fabric, but here are two of the most common methods:

  • Use temporary fabric adhesive. This is a quick and easy way to float fabric. Simply apply the adhesive to the back of your fabric and then adhere it to the stabilizer.
  • Use basting tape. This is a type of tape that is used to baste fabric. Simply apply basting tape to the stabilizer and then adhere your fabric to the tape.

Here are some tips for floating fabric:

  • Make sure that the stabilizer is the correct size for your hoop. If the stabilizer is too small, the fabric will not be taut enough. If the stabilizer is too large, the fabric will be too loose.
  • Be careful not to stretch or distort the fabric when you are floating it. If the fabric is stretched, the embroidery will be uneven.
  • Once the fabric is floated, test the tension by gently pulling on the corners. The fabric should be taut but not stretched.

How to Use an Embroidery Machine: A Beginner’s Guide

Now that you have all of your supplies and your project is set up, it’s time to start embroidering! The following instructions are general in nature, as different embroidery machines have different interfaces. However, the basic steps are the same for all machines.

Threading Your Embroidery Machine & Setting the Needle

how to thread an embroidery machine

Single-needle embroidery machines are threaded in a similar way to sewing machines. In fact, on the SE1900 machine, the threading process is the same for both sewing and embroidery.

To thread your embroidery machine, follow these steps:

  • Turn off the machine. This is the safest way to thread the machine, as it prevents any accidental injuries.
  • Load the thread into the spool pins. Make sure that the thread is threaded in the correct direction.
  • Thread the machine through the tension discs and guideposts. Follow the instructions in your machine’s manual for the specific threading path.
  • Thread the needle. Use a needle that is appropriate for the weight of your fabric and the thread you are using.
  • Trim the excess thread.

Setting the Needle

Before you turn on the machine, make sure that you have the correct needle in the needle clamp. The flat side of the needle should be facing the back of the machine.

If you are not sure how to change the needle, you can refer to the instructions in your machine’s manual or watch a video tutorial online.

Turning On Your Machine and Changing the Presser Foot

Once you have threaded your embroidery machine and set the needle, you can turn on the machine. If you have a sewing and embroidery combo machine, make sure that you have removed the flatbed sewing attachment and attached the embroidery arm. Then, remove the presser foot holder and attach the embroidery foot.

When you first turn on the machine, you may hear some loud noises as the machine gets prepared. This is normal. You may also see some movement as the machine calibrates itself. Don’t worry, this is all part of the normal startup process.

Here are some additional tips for turning on the embroidery machine and changing the presser foot:

  • Make sure that the machine is turned off before you remove or attach any attachments.
  • Be careful not to touch the needle when the machine is turned on.
  • If you are not sure how to change the presser foot, you can refer to the instructions in your machine’s manual.

Attach an Embroidery Hoop to Your Machine

how to attach an embroidery hoop for beginners

Now, attach your hoop to your machine. The specific location of the hoop attachment point will vary depending on your machine model. You can refer to your machine’s manual for more information.

Once the hoop is attached, make sure that you only have a single layer of fabric in the hoop. If you are embroidering on a shirt, for example, you will need to pull the back of the shirt out from under the hoop. This will prevent the machine from stitching the shirt together.

Here are some tips for holding excess fabric out of the way:

  • You can use a variety of tools to hold the fabric in place while you sew, such as hair clips, clothespins, painter’s tape, or even pins.
  • Choose the method that works best for you depending on the type of fabric you are embroidering and your personal preferences.
  • Make sure that your machine will not run into the clips or pins before you start embroidering.

Here is an example of using hair clips to hold excess fabric out of the way:

Preview the design borders before pressing start. This will help you ensure that the clips or pins will not interfere with the embroidery process.

Select and Align Your Design

Selecting the Embroidery Design

Once you have your hoop attached and your machine on, you can load your embroidery design. Most machines have built-in designs that you can use. If you want to use a design that is not built-in, you can load it onto your machine via a USB port or wirelessly.

Once you have selected a design, you can customize it to your liking. You can change the size, color, and thread type of the design. You can also flip the design up or down or rotate it left or right.

For this beginner embroidery machine tutorial, the most important thing is to make sure the design is oriented correctly relative to your embroidery blank. You don’t want to stitch a design upside down! You should be able to use the machine’s interface to move the design around until it is centered on your fabric.

Once the design is centered, you can lower the presser foot and start stitching.

Aligning the Embroidery Design

Here are some tips for selecting and aligning an embroidery design:

  • Use the machine’s interface to preview the design before you start stitching. This will help you ensure that the design is oriented correctly and that it is the size you want.
  • If you are using a built-in design, make sure to read the machine’s manual to see if there are any special instructions for that design.
  • If you are using a custom design, make sure that the file format is compatible with your machine.
  • Be careful not to move the hoop while the machine is stitching. This could cause the design to become misaligned.

Double Back So You Don’t Ruin Your Project!

It’s easy to make mistakes when you’re embroidering, so it’s important to double-check your work before you start stitching. Here’s a fast list of things to check:

  • Is the right needle in the machine?
  • Is the right stabilizer in place?
  • Are the colors, weights, and types of thread, correct?
  • Is the fabric oriented correctly in the hoop?
  • Is the design oriented correctly?
  • Are you going to stitch two layers together?
  • Do you need to adjust the tension or sewing speed? T
  • Will the excess fabric be out of the way of the machine head?
  • Have you checked the design stitching area with your machine?

By following these tips, you can help to prevent mistakes and ensure that your embroidery projects turn out perfectly.

Here are some additional tips for double-checking your work:

  • Read the machine’s manual. The manual will have specific instructions for using the machine and troubleshooting problems.
  • Practice on scrap fabric. This is a great way to get familiar with the machine and to test out different settings.
  • Take your time. Don’t rush through the embroidery process. It’s better to take your time and do it right than to rush and make a mistake.

Press Start and Watch the Magic Happen!

Now it’s time to press start and watch the magic happen! Sit back, relax, and be proud of yourself for getting this far. The first thread color will take a few minutes to stitch, so enjoy the process and let your machine do the work.

Here are a few tips for watching your embroidery project stitch out:

  • Keep an eye on the fabric. Make sure that the fabric is taut and that it’s not puckering.
  • Check the thread tension. The thread tension should be correct so that the stitches are even.
  • Be patient. Embroidery can take some time, so be patient and let the machine do its work.

Once the first thread color is done stitching, you can check your work. If you’re happy with the results, you can continue stitching the rest of the design. If you’re not happy with the results, you can make adjustments and start over.

Changing Thread Colors on Embroidery Machine

Change Thread Colors on Embroidery Machine

When you’re embroidering with a single-needle machine, the machine will automatically stop at the end of each thread color. At this point, you will need to manually change the thread color and trim any jump stitches.

Jump stitches are short stitches that the machine makes to jump from one section of embroidery to another. Some machines will cut jump stitches automatically, but on most machines, you will need to cut them yourself.

To change the thread color:

  • Remove the old thread from the needle.
  • Thread the new color of thread through the needle.
  • Trim any jump stitches.
  • Press the start button to continue stitching.

Repeat these steps until you have stitched through all of the thread colors in your design.

Cleaning Up and Finishing Touches

Once your embroidery project is complete, it’s time to clean up and finish it off. Here are a few things you’ll need to do:

  • Remove the project from the hoop.
  • Trim away the stabilizer from the back of the project.
  • Remove any water-soluble topping.
  • Iron the embroidery from the back with low heat and a pressing cloth. This will set the stitches and remove any wrinkles.
  • If you embroidered a onesie or shirt, consider ironing a piece of Tender Touch backing onto the back of the design. This will make the back of the design more comfortable to wear.


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to use an embroidery machine for beginners. I also hope you learned some basic embroidery tips and techniques.

Embroidery is a fun and rewarding hobby, but it takes time and practice to learn. Be patient with yourself and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. The more you practice, the better you’ll become.

Here is the link to our guide on the best embroidery machines of 2023. This guide will help you compare different machines and find one that’s right for you.

Allen Miller

Allen Miller is the main author of Stitching Elite. He’s a whiz with a needle and thread. He spends his time reading, playing football, and writing. You can find more about him here.

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