Embroidery is an excellent hobby. It is fun, you can create something physical and interesting and you can actually create a piece of art. At the same time, you will feel better, relaxed and satisfied knowing you are doing something you love. However, it may be complicated for someone who had never sewn before.
Basic Sewing Skills to Learn
We will reveal which skills you need in order to start with embroidery project as soon as possible. Let’s check them out.
1. Threading a needle
Believe or not, the first skill you will need is to learn how to thread a needle. In essence, you need to make a small knot at the end of the thread.
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You can also lick the beginning of the thread in order to make it straighter so it can pass through the needle’s eye easily. This is something that will get easier with each and every try.
2. Stitching the last stitch
Now you will learn how to stitch the last stitch so design stays on the fabric. When you reach the desired position, pull the thread back, make a knot and then create a loop. The needle will go inside the loop and then you can sew the last stitch one time.
In some cases, you will have to sew it several times, depending on what your design is. The best thing to do is to watch a video because you will get the actual steps presented to you.
3. Preparing the fabric
First of all, choose which fabric you want to use. There are a lot of alternatives out there so this matter can’t be generalized. Trim it so it suits your needs and fit the hoop perfectly. You will want to leave slightly bigger fabric so you can trim it later on if needed.
Your fabric may start to fray after you trim, it. This is a common issue with so many different types of fabric and there is just one solution. In order to prevent a complete fraying, you will stitch a whip stitch all around the edges. It will keep the fabric strong and in one piece after the embroidery is completed.
4. Learning the basic stitches
Before you start with embroidery it is advised to learn a few basic stitches. They are whip stitch, running stitch, crown stitch, and chain stitch. All you need is a piece of cloth, a needle, and thread. Start practicing today and don’t worry about any mistakes.
You can’t do anything wrong. This small step will have a massive effect later on. Just make sure to master the stitches before anything else and you become ready to use them on your embroidery projects.
Video: Basic Embroidery Techniques
The Final Word
Embroidery is difficult and a time-consuming process, but it is very rewarding and you will be able to create something wonderful.
The most important piece of advice is to take your time and master all of the techniques before starting more complicated projects. Start small and gradually increase the complexity of the projects.
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