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How To Remove Embroidery Mistakes From Clothing

How To Remove Embroidery Mistakes From Clothing

We all make mistakes, and since we are embroiderers we all make embroidery mistakes. If you messed up, your machine made a mistake, or you just want to remove old embroidery stitches; this simple simple process will enable you to remove your embroidered design and start over. Learning how to remove embroidery effectively and without causing a lot of damage in the process is a valuable skill to have before you actually need it. We recommend you have the proper tools on hand and learn to use them before an emergency arrives.

Stitch Eraser
  1. If you have not already, buy a stitch eraser tool. Stitch Removers have specialized thread cutting blades that are designed especially for cutting and removing thread from machine embroidery. This product should not be used to remove hand-embroidery. Before you start using it, make sure you read the instructions and practice on some test garments first.

  2. Turn the garment inside out to reveal the back of the embroidery, this prevents any minor damage to the front of the shirt. Also, removing the bottom stitch (bobbin thread) is easier and to do and will then release the top stitches. It also helps to hoop the garment to create a flat and taut surface.

  3. Removing Stitches
    • Satin Stitches: Turn the stitch eraser on and place the blades against the grain of the satin stitch and move them back and forth gently until the backing appears. For very thin stain stitches, it's recommended to lay the edge of the blade flat against the embroidered area. Do not use pressure; gently glide over the area. After you are finished, flip the garment to the front and pick out the stitches with your fingernail or us use the stitch eraser in the off position like a rake.
    • Fill Stitches: Move the stitch eraser forward in a light and easy motion against the top grain and stop. Cut away the fluffy part with a back and forth motion until the backing is revealed. Turn the garment to the front, and with the motor off, use the Peggy stitch eraser to rake it sideways to pull out the thread until most of it becomes fluffy. Turn the motor back on to cut loose thread away.

  4. Use a lint roller to remove the thread dust from the fabric. Make sure that you clean up the front and the back of the garment. If you find some stuck threads or stitches, use a seam ripper and tweezers to remove them out.


  • Always hold the stitch eraser in a position were the toothed area of the blade and the edge of the concave point are flat.
  • Don't pressure the eraser on fabrics, let the weight of the cutter do the stitch removal operation while you guide it in areas to remove stitches.
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