T-shirts are a favorite piece of clothes for many people. If you want to make your t-shirts more appealing, try embroidery.
Creating your outfits with machine embroidery will make your t-shirts original, beautiful, and stylish. So, here are the 10 top tips that will take your plain t-shirts from boring to wow.
- Be Creative
Allow yourself to feel inspired and let your creativity do the rest. You may find inspiration in nature, people and relationships you cherish, songs, books, heartwarming quotes, and other day-to-day things around you. Think of possible patterns and designs and think about the fabrics you’re going to use.
- Select the Right T-Shirts
Your embroidery will stand out only if you choose good quality materials. Don’t regret spending a bit extra money (if you’re buying new t-shirts) to ensure a better quality of a finished product.
Also, make sure to use thicker cotton fabric blends, as embroidered designs tend to last longer and look better on these. Choose a plain t-shirt to keep the focus on the embroidery design.
Furthermore, think about the colors. It depends on the color of your shirt how your embroidery will appear. So, make sure to use colors that complement the pattern colors of your embroidery. For example, for embroidery patterns that use mint green, gray, or turquoise, choose a pink shirt because pink goes well with these colors.
- Pre-Wash Your T-Shirts
Cotton usually shrinks at least a little bit, even if the label says it won’t. So, make sure to prewash the tour t-shirt and dry it before you decorate it with embroidery. By pre-washing your t-shirt, you ensure a centered, clear pattern. Also, washing a t-shirt before embroidery ensures that you remove any excess dye on the material that may soak into your design after you wash the shirt, which would ruin the colors of your embroidery.
A plus tip: always turn the embroidered clothes inside out before washing, to keep your design protected.
- Choose the Design Wisely
When choosing a design for embroidery, try to keep it simple. Picking a design with lots of complicated patterns often crease and it will make your t-shirt look stiff. So, choose the design with little detail and lots of open space between the images.
For the effective finished product, choose a medium-size design of your embroidery instead of that one that covers the entire front or the back of the shirt, as large designs often rumple after you wash the shirt.
- Position the Design
You can use your design template, a washable pencil, and a ruler to properly position the embroidery design. You should place the design in a way that ensures it will remain straight and centered after washing.
Place your t-shirt at eye level and take a few steps back so you can determine if the pattern placement looks right. Once you are sure that the placement is appropriate, remove the template and replace it with your design before stitching it.
- Stabilize the Fabrics
It is important to stabilize the shirt before stitching it, so the embroidered design won’t pull on the fabric or crease. Stabilizing the material also helps keep the design in place.
Simply attach the stabilizing fabric to the inside of the shirt with a temporary adhesive that will come out as you wash the shirt.
- Make Sure to Use the Proper Needle and Threads
A golden embroidery rule says always use the smallest needle that allows you to easily stitch. Whether you are using an embroidery machine or you are doing it by hand, using a needle that makes big holes will cause the edges of the embroidered area to stretch the fabric over time.
Educating yourself on the types of embroidery needles available will help you select the perfect one for the job.
- Select the Right Transfer Method
Always consider the type of embroidery you’re using before deciding what type of transfer method you’ll use. For example, if you are embroidering a design with an open edge, you will want the design line that outlines the edges of the design to go away when your t-shirt is finished. Water-soluble pens and ceramic chalk pencils are some of the appropriate transfer choices.
- Use a Hoop Properly
This is important as using the hoop correctly helps avoid the fabric puckering. A basting stitch on your embroidery machine will pin the stabilizer and secure that the transfer topper stays in place.
- Test It First
Use old shirts to test stitches. Choose one that is the most similar to the shirt you are going to embroider and use it to try out your needle, thread, and stabilizer before you start stitching the original t-shirt.
- Don’t let the Mistakes Dishearten You
Don’t be discouraged if your first embroidery project doesn’t turn out as you hoped. Take mistakes as opportunities for learning and try again. Good luck!