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Tips and Techniques Tips and Techniques
  • Pay attention on number of colours of a chart you choose. The more colors are used the more intricate it could be to embroider. Be careful with designs that use more then 40 colours. Put 40 different colors in front of yourself and imagine if you are able to manipulate them on one embroidery.
  • Slightly mark a centreline on fabric with a pencil. It will simplify your stitch counting hereinafter. On dark fabrics you can also baste a light thread to mark the centreline.
  • Start stitching from the middle of the chart.
  • Straighten twisted thread in a needle from time to time.
  • Start and end stitches by running your needle through 3-4 existing stitches on the right side of your work in an opposite direction from a course of stitching.
  • Change rows of the same color by pulling thread under 3 or 4 existing stitched on the right side of your work.
  • If the row change takes more than 4 stitches it is better to begin a new course.
  • While embroidering insert the needle in the holes between the fabric threads, rather than piercing the fabric. If it happens alter the stitch.
  • Embroider complex parts of the chart by separate sections approximately of 30x30 stitches.
  • Use several needles of the same number simultaneously tucked in with different palette flosses of selected section.
  • From time to time iron the workpiece through a piece of material on the wrong side.
  • Wash the finished work in warm water, (don't wring out!) straighten and dry. Spread the fabric; iron out through a tissue on the wrong side. Use iron-on stabilizer if needed on the wrong side to fix the work piece for framing.
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