How to Embroidery With An Embroidery Machine?

Embroidery machines are versatile stitching machine for great and unique designs. Anyone thinking of being a designer must learn how to use machine embroidery. However, learning can a bit daunting to many individuals, despite that most machines are automated. To learn machine embroidery, you need to learn the basics of machine embroidery. This article will provide you with the basics that you need to know so as to embroidery with an embroidery machine.

How to Embroidery With An Embroidery Machine?

1. Preparation.

how to learn machine embroidery

Proper preparation is the first factor that determines smooth flow all through, hence very important. The preparation step allows you to ensure that you have everything that is required. Generally, there are so many things required that include needles, bobbin, thread, fabric, stabilizer, computer software, and the machine itself. Things to note before starting the embroidery machine.

The function of the stabilizer is to hold the fabric into place and prevent stretching and puckering. Always use suitable needles depending on the fabric you are using. Always follow the instruction manual for the machine embroidery.

2. Choosing the right needle.

choose the right needle

The first thing to note in this step is that you should always use needles that are specifically designed to be used with embroidery threads. There are many types of embroidery needles with different sizes and the right size is determined by the fabric’s weight.

Generally, for commercial embroidery machines, the most common and used needles are the round shank, while for domestic embroidery machines, the most common needles used are the flat-sided shank needles. However, the standard number system is also used to classify embroidery needles, where a large number means a larger eye number, while the smaller indicates accuracy. To check for the best needle, you can try using them all in a piece of fabric and choose the best.

3. Get the right thread.

get the right thread

There are different types of embroidery threads used for different functions. They can be divided into two: embroidery thread and bobbin thread. Embroidery threads are different from normal sewing threads, as they are thinner and stronger than the normal threads. The bobbin thread is used a lighter back of the embroidery design than the front. Furthermore, there are different types of embroidery threads depending on the material.

They include polyester, rayon, cotton, and metallic, but the most common is the polyester and the rayon. All these types have their advantages and disadvantages with polyester being cheaper than rayon and rayon have a slight edge than polyester. Generally, the commercial standard embroidery threads have a higher thread weight number of 30wt – 40wt.

4. Set up your machine.

set up your embroidery machine

This is the fourth step of learning machine embroidery. In case you have an idea or you know how to set up a normal sewing machine, then you have an added advantage. This is because setting up an embroidery machine is so similar to that of a normal sewing machine.

The first step in setting up the machine is to plug into a power supply via a power cord or USB cable, as some embroidery machines come with a USB cable and port for connecting to the computer. Also, most embroidery machines come with pre-installed embroidery software.

5. Threading the bobbin.

threading the bobbin

There are different ways of threading the bobbin, depending on the type of your embroidery machine, and so it is important to check the user manual on how to thread the bobbin. The user manual also provides the procedure of how to thread the bobbin. Always make sure you thread the bobbin properly to avoid other frustrations and other errors.

Note, in case the bobbin thread is visible on both sides of the material, then the bobbin is installed incorrectly, and this can lead to the breaking of your needle.

6. Choose the design and embroider.

choose the embroidery designs

This is the next step after putting your fabric into place, and it involves choosing your desired design. This is a very easy step as most of the embroidery machines are automated and comes with multiple in-built designs that you can choose from the software.

Also, the embroidery software allows you to import other designs from your computer or the internet, for more versatile and unique designs. To select the preferred design just touch it on the touch screen display and it is done. For further modification, some machines allow you to edit the designs.


In conclusion, embroidery with an embroidery machine is a little challenging for new sewers. But the above basic tips will also help you learn.