Updated on: June 12, 2019
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What you are going to need to start your machine embroidery is a machine that has the capability for embroidery. Mine is a brother sewing machine and embroidery hybrid. So, it does both. This is my embroidery attachment you’re also going to need your embroidery hoop with stabilizer on the back.
I use a basting spray first and then just slap my stabilizer on the back of fabric. I’m embroidering and also if you’re going to use the spray adhesive, make sure you keep a little Q tip with some nail polish remover on it just in case your needle gets gummed up a bit. You can just swipe it [the needle] and it will be fine. Also, you need either top stitch needle or embroidery needles.
Your little screw driver. Your embroidery foot And tiny scissors. So, here is your embroidery foot. What you’re looking at right now is the front of the foot.
You can tell because we see this little hole right here; that is where your needle goes through. This big arm right here that kind of sticks out this goes right above your needle holder. And over here, this cutaway is where your shank screw goes. So this is the front and all the way back here is the back. And what you’ll notice about the back is it has the little lever that pushed down.
You can see how moves up-and-down. When you’re installing your embroidery foot you need to make sure your finger is holding this lever down just like this when you’re putting it on the shank. So, here we go, let’s put it in We’re holding it down putting the cut out onto our shank screw, the needle will be able to fit through the hole, and that little arm is sticking out above our needle holder. So, here we go. We’ll screw it in Holding down that lever the whole time.
Use your little screwdriver to make sure it’s nice and snug. And then you can let go And that’s all there is to it. Once again, I am going to show you from the front how to install this embroidery foot I know with me, because of the shape of it, I always get it backwards when trying to put it in.
Once again, this is where the needle goes, right through this hole right here is where the shank screw goes on to. And this little arm that sticks out right here goes right above your needle screw and once again when you’re putting it on your going to use your little finger to hold this down. Keep it down the whole time while you are putting it in. So, here we go, let’s put it in Put it right on the shank screw. The little lever is right above the needle holder and our needle lines up right here.
Let’s go a head and screw it in. You can use your little screwdriver to make sure it’s nice and snug. And there you go. Now that we have our embroidery foot installed, we’re going to go a head and put in our embroidery unit. So first you are going to take off this piece here. All you do, it’s really simple, is just slide it in.
Just like that, that’s all you have to do. And then to remove it, there’s a little lever down here on the side pull it in, and pull out. That’s all you do. So now that we have our embroidery unit clipped in, we’re gonna go ahead and put our embroidery hoop in. You have these little guys poking out right here are going to clip into the little notches on your embroidery unit.
Just remember, do not try to move the embroidery unit around at all, just try to go in nice and delicately in Right here Snap it in and that’s all you do. Now that we have everything installed we can turn on our machine. You can see everything’s gonna move a little bit it’s going to tell me that my embroidery carriage will move.
It’s completely centered. Now we have our embroidery unit in and we have our frame in. We have our embroidery needle and our embroidery thread. You can select on your machine what you want to say. I’m going to write Sewing Parts Online and then all you have to do from here out, after you customize it on there, is just press the go button.
Now, once it starts, you just let you it do it’s thing. And this is on regualar muslin fabric just for demonstration purposes but if you can do anything. You can do lightweight fabric are more heavy fabric. On really lightweight fabric, you are going to want to use a water soluble stabilizer. That will help you with that light fabric.
It will jump to the next letter and you’ll see that a little bit of thread, like a little line of thread, shows up. When we’re finished, we are going to use our little embroidery scissors to clip that right out. So, the finished product won’t have that So, as we finish of the design, you can see the machine went ahead and centered itself It already clipped off the fabric [thread] for us. All we have to do is bring up our hand, press little button right here and pop it out.
You have to wiggle it out a little bit. Lift your foot, bring it over. There you go. Your embroidery is all finished and looks really nice. Another great thing you can do to with your embroidery foot is free motion sewing.
Thats when basically our feed dogs are put down and we can move our fabric around freely to make pictures of swirls or stippling or anything cool like that. With this, I’m going to use my embroidery foot and i’m going to put my stitch number twenty five on, which is especially for free motion. All I’m going to do is just lining it up with the little drawing. I have and start sewing. And it’s takes a little bit of practice. You can really just kind of put some fabric underneath it and play and have a little fun It’s really is fun to do.
I’m going to go really slow around my swirls to match them up and make them look really pretty. You can go really slow and get it down accurately or you can go faster. Just make some swirls. When you’re sewing you can feel a little bit of tension, which is great because you want a little bit there to help control the fabric I can draw, write letters, cursive. You can draw shapes.