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Planning detailed designs and stitches for embroidery crafts can be challenging to execute. With so many different factors to consider and concentrate on, it can be easy to make several mistakes along the way. To help avoid these preventable errors, we’ve compiled some of the most common embroidery mistakes to help make your crafting mission a success.
Choosing the Wrong Needle Size
Finding the right size needle for an embroidery project is essential to preventing holes and puckered fabric spots. Using a needle too big can create permanent holes while puncturing through materials and leave low-quality stitches. Needles that are too small for fabrics can create harsh wear and tear at embroidery threads and produce fuzzy, blurred designs. To avoid these errors, examine your fabric material to determine the best-sized needle before beginning your craft.
Choosing the Wrong Needle Type
Another common embroidery mistake is to use a sharp needle rather than a ball-point needle. Sharp needles pierce directly through the fabric, making them ideal for surface embroidery or crewel crafts. Ball-point needles instead slip between threads and do not directly pierce through materials. Ball-point needles are recommended for Hardanger embroidery crafts. First, identify what type of stitching will be needed for your embroidery project before deciding between a sharp or ball-point needle. Choosing the correct needle for your stitches will maximize the quality and longevity of your craft.
Choosing the Wrong Fabric
Most embroidery crafts require working with a thread count of 28 or higher. Attempting to use fabrics with less firm thread counts will affect the quality of your stitches and designs. However, if your embroidery project includes Counted Thread or Pulled Thread, then a looser thread count is recommended to remove threads for overlaying lacy embroidery stitches.
Choosing the Wrong Thread Thickness
The thickness of your embroidery thread is dependent on the thickness of your stitches and designs. For example, bolder lines require thicker threads, and narrower lines require thinner threads. When choosing thread thickness, also consider the fabric you are using in your project. Since there are so many different types of materials that can be embroidered, it is crucial to first examine your fabrics before finding a thread with a consistent and compatible thickness.
Although these details may seem small, they can significantly affect your embroidered crafts’ quality and longevity. To best prepare for your next embroidery project, review our guide to avoid these common mistakes and make your next embroidery design last a lifetime.