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When it comes to embroidery digitizing, you will also hear the term machine embroidery more often. Machine embroidery terms and expressions can be a bit confusing if you are new to the industry. If you scan on through the Facebook groups and forums, you may find it hard as the members might be talking in another language.
As a leading embroidery digitizing service provider, we will take you through the machine embroidery terms as simple as possible. Even if you are new to the industry or you have never heard about the term machine embroidery, this few-minutes read article will help you in the long run. Without further ado, let’s dive into the topic.
Applique is a fabric piece sewn on another fabric piece. The term is older than machine embroidery. The embroidery machines have made the work easier and faster. The applique digitizing process is complex and time-consuming with hand embroidery. The machines have surpassed the hand embroidery process.
A bird’s nest is a threaded mess underneath the bobbin case and embroidery hoop. The name is suggested because the mess looks similar to a bird’s nest. You might have got the idea of this word and what impact it has on machine embroidery. The mess indicates that something is not right with the artwork. You need to check your bobbin thread and the bobbin case.
Blank is a term that is used for garments, fabrics, and accessories appropriate for embroidery and applique designs. You can buy blanks from specific companies that specialize in selling blanks.
It is a stabilizer type that you need to cut away. The cutaway stabilizer is a permanent stabilizer. This means that it doesn’t dissolve in the wash. If you look at the backside of the fleece having a logo stitched on it, you will notice an extra fabric material through which the logo is sewn through. Cutaway helps prevent puckering and provide support to the embroidery. It comes in different sizes and weights.
Floating refers to hooping the stabilizer and sticking the fabric material to the top. Floating is the opposite of hooping the fabric or garment. To attach the fabric to the stabilizer, you can either apply a temporary adhesive spray or use an adhesive-backed stabilizer.
Heatnbond is a useful product for embroidery. The process is simple. Iron the fabric, peel away the material backing, then iron the fabric onto another one to fuse together. It was essential to use Heatnbond in free-motion applique embroidery. It helped the fabric to stick to bottom fabric to stay in its place. Using the Heatnbond keeps the fabric in place during the machine stitch process and helps the applique material from unravelling.
As the name suggests, hoop size is the area inside the embroidery hoop. The price of the machine may vary from machine to machine. The embroidery machine used in the home with the least price tag comes with a hoop size of 4” x 4”. The machine has a hoop size of 4” x 4” will allow you to stitch out the design to about 3.9” x 3.9”.
Hooping means to clamp the fabric material into the hoop. It is used to keep the fabric in place. Hooping can be easy or difficult depending on the fabric type you are embroidering. Thick fabric materials like towels are almost impossible to hoop. It is better to float such fabrics.
A raw edge is kind of an applique file where the fabric’s raw edge is exposed. A raw edge has more of a casual and rustic look than its counterpart satin stitch. A good way to stitch raw-edge designs is by using some knit material as the fabric. It will prevent the fabric from ravelling.
Tear away is also a kind of stabilizer that is used to be torn away. A tear-away stabilizer is used when permanent stabilization is not necessary. If you are confused in deciding whether to use a cut-away stabilizer or a tear-away stabilizer then keep this in mind: “Don’t tear it if you wear it”.
You can use a tear-away stabilizer when you are embroidering on a thicker fabric like the blankets and towels. You can also use the combination of both, a tear-away with a cutaway.
These are the 10 most useful terms and expressions every machine embroiderer should know. If you still have any questions or queries, you can contact the MigDigitizing customer service team.
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