Embroidery isn’t exactly new to the world of cloth design, and given its lengthy history, it’s easy to assume that there would be a lot of accurate information about the practice around. However, this is unfortunately not the case. In fact, there are many myths about this process that can cause some to steer clear of this design element and cause others to go about the process the wrong way, leading to failed results. Make sure you can tell fact from fiction.
Anyone Can Do It
The idea that anyone can do it is both true and false. Sure, anyone can embroider a garment; however, only those with the right level of experience and those who have practiced can do so correctly. A flawless application involves a lot more than sticking thread through a hand needle or even one on a machine.
It takes skill to determine the correct angle of the design, the thread type and even what methods work best with different materials options. If you’re having trouble initially, recognize that you’re not alone and that with time, you will likely become more knowledgeable and produce better results.
Cheap Backing Is Okay
There is also the idea that you can avoid the cost of embroidery backing aids like tearaways and heat-fusible inserts as long as you are using a secure thread. This isn’t the case. Make this mistake, and the embroidered attachment will fail in very little time.
The reality is that a combination of the two is necessary for the best long-term results — quality backing and secure thread. If you try to use cheap backing, such as plastic wrap or dryer sheets, even with secure thread, all your hard work will be in vain.
A Good Design Is All That Matters
Some assume that as long as you spend a great deal of time focusing on the design and structure of the embroidery, it will work out every time. While you should be diligent about the design, make sure you understand that the type of machine you use, the texture of the fabric and even the color of the design will all impact the final outcome of the embroidery work.
For instance, for fabrics that have more stretch, the color of the embroidery might be distorted. As the fabric stretches, so will the embroidery pattern, causing the color of the thread to look different.
Don’t let myths get in your way. Do your research for the best results and don’t hesitate to rely on a professional if necessary. Contact a company like C & E Imprinted Sportswear to learn more.