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A Guide For Beginner Embroiderers

Welcome To Machine Embroidery For Beginners!

Are you ready to start in the colorful and creative world of machine embroidery? Our comprehensive guide for beginners to embroidery is designed to help you take your first steps into this exciting craft. 

Whether you are a home embroiderer or want to start an embroidery business, here you will have all the tools and guidance you need to begin.



How To Embroider On The Edge Of Fabric

How To Hoop A Shirt

How To Clean The Rotary Hook Area And Metal Bobbin Case

what you will need to get started

aeroflock for serger-overlock thread

rayon or polyneon Thread in different colors

cut away stabilizers to provide support 

Bobbin thread

Digital DESIGNS from

Hoops for tajima, ricoma, brother, and more

cotona quilting thread

Embroidery blanks and other fabric


specialized embroidery needles


One of the fundamental elements of machine embroidery is thread. 

Threads come in various weights, affecting the appearance and texture of your designs.

For instance, a heavier thread weight is ideal for larger designs, while a lighter one suits more intricate designs. 

For beginner machine embroiderers, we recommend starting with either Madeira Classic Rayon or Madeira Polyneon threads.

Both options are exceptionally user-friendly, making them ideal for those taking their first steps in the world of embroidery.

Don't forget, always store your thread properly to ensure quality. Thread racks and thread assortment boxes are a must.

You can pick the thread colors you need from each collection by clicking either image below. 



Still unsure which thread to choose? 

Here is a blog on Rayon vs. Polyneon


If you're new to machine embroidery, there are so many different types of designs and projects to explore! 

Read on to discover types of embroidery designs you’ll definitely want to try, step-by-step instructions, and supplies you’ll need to create your projects!

In-The-Hoop Designs

For in-the-hoop embroidery designs, you add fabric while stitching to complete an entire project within your hoop.

Embroidery Library offers an extensive collection of designs, complemented by detailed tutorials and guides available at the link below. 

Explore the products used and purchase corresponding designs directly with them!


Before you embark on your embroidery journey, it's important to gather the necessary supplies. Here's a list of essential items to get you started.


informative blog posts to get you started

Embroidery hooping tips and tricks to make hooping easy. Avoid improper hooping that can cause garments to stretch, move, and stitch out poorly resulting in misaligned designs, puckering, and poor stitch outs. When it's done properly it will produce great results in your finished embroidery.
Embroidery Tips For Beginners
Removing an embroidered design and fixing embroidery mistakes is a simple easy process with the correct stitch eraser tool. Learning how to get rid of unwanted embroidery stitches effectively and without causing a lot of damage in the process is a valuable skill to have before you actually need it. 
Stabilizer provides a foundation while you're embroidering and the cut away variety will provide the most stable support available. A cut away backing is a permanent embroidery stabilizer that stays in the garment after you are finished embroidering.
Embroidery thread and sewing thread differ primarily in their texture and strength. Embroidery thread is specifically designed for decorative embellishment and is meant to create eye-catching, visually-appealing designs on garments and other fabric items like bags, blankets, and linens, or anything a needle will go through. 
Embroidery and quilting are art forms that require a unique blend of creativity, technical skills, and personal qualities. While anyone can learn the techniques, truly excelling in these crafts demands a combination of essential skills and characteristics.
Thread racks are essential tools designed specifically to store and organize threads. The benefits they offer in terms of organization, time-saving, thread protection, space optimization, and inspiration are invaluable.

FAQ's For Beginning Embroidery

What's the Difference Between Machine and Hand Embroidery?
Machine embroidery is done using an embroidery machine, which automatically stitches out designs based on digital designs. 

Hand embroidery, on the other hand, is a manual technique where you create designs with a needle and thread, typically on fabric in a hoop. Machine embroidery is faster and more precise, while hand embroidery offers more artistic freedom and a more tactile experience.

Do I Need Special Software for Machine Embroidery?
No, most machines come with built-in designs. You can also purchase designs to stitch out with your embroidery machine. You will need embroidery design software if you want to create your own designs or make customizations to existing ones. 

Design software can open up a world of creative possibilities. There are various software options available, both free and paid, depending on your needs and budget.

How Do I Choose the Right Thread for Machine Embroidery?
It's essential to use thread specifically designed for machine embroidery. Polyester and rayon threads are popular choices due to their sheen and durability. 40 weight thread is the most common weight thread for most stock designs and personally digitized designs. 

Once you have mastered 40 weight thread embroidery, consider moving on to other specially threads such as thinner or thicker versions, metallic threads, glow in the dark threads and eco-friendly Sensa Green just to name a few!

How Do I Convert Madeira Rayon to Polyester / Polyester to Rayon?

Simply visit this web page for a PDF to view the thread conversions charts

Is It Important To Keep My Tension Even?


Incorrect thread tensions can cause issues like birdnesting, thread breaks, or uneven stitching, which can be frustrating.

The jagged-looking stitching and looping occurs when bobbin thread pulls up onto the topside of the garment you’re working on.

Do You Need a Stabilizer for Machine Embroidery?
Embroidery stabilizers, often known as backing, form the fundamental support system for machine embroidery. They play a crucial role in ensuring stability, both while a garment is being stitched on and after it has been finished. 

Cut away stabilizers support knit garments and lightly woven fabrics throughout the life of the garment. Tear away stabilizer are needed mostly during the embroidery process on more durable tightly woven fabric such as denim, canvas and twill. 

Stabilizers not only support the fabric within the machine hoops, they provide a smooth surface to glide over the needle plat resulting in better design registration.

What Fabric is Best for Machine Embroidery?
Start with stable and tightly woven fabrics like cotton, linen, or quilting cotton for your initial projects. As you gain experience, you can experiment with a wider variety of fabrics. Remember to use the appropriate stabilizer to support the fabric and prevent puckering.
How Do I Hoop Fabric Correctly?
Proper hooping is crucial for successful embroidery. Ensure the fabric is taut but not stretched in the hoop. Start by Laying the stabilizer and fabric on top of the bottom hoop. 

Place the top (or inner hoop) over the bottom hoop with a little pressure and pull the fabric on all sides to remove excess material to the outside of the hoop. Place a bit of pressure with one hand on the bottom part of the hoop and continue to tug slightly on the material ensuring there is no excess material inside the hoop. 

While still holding pressure on the bottom of the hoop, press the top of the hoop in place. Your fabric is hoop properly if you can lightly run your finger along the fabric inside the hoop and it does not move. 

Always tighten the hoop’s screw prior to hooping the stabilizer and fabric. This may take a few tries to get the proper tightness. Try to avoid pulling on the fabric once it is hoop as this may cause distortion once the embroidered fabric is removed from the hoop.

What Are the Common Mistakes to Avoid in Machine Embroidery?

Common mistakes in machine embroidery include not properly threading the machine, neglecting to use the right stabilizer, poor tension settings, and failing to trim jump stitches between design elements. It's essential to read your machine's manual, practice regularly, and pay attention to detail to avoid these common pitfalls.

Remember, practicing machine embroidery improves the skill, so don't let early mistakes discourage you. Joining an embroidery community can provide helpful advice and support as you begin your embroidery journey.

If you have a specific question, join the embroidery help group

What Do Weights Mean On Thread And Why Does It Matter?

Embroidery machine thread weights are based on the actual weight of a measured length of thread. Because of this, the higher the weight number, the thinner the thread.

Likewise, the lower the thread weight, the thicker the thread weight. 40 weight is the most used thread weight for machine embroidery. 60 weight thread is a thinner thread that provides more clarity for small lettering and fine details. 

How Do I Choose the Best Stabilizer for Embroidery?
Choosing the correct backing for machine embroidery is very important. In general terms you want to use a Cut Away stabilizer on stretchy fabrics like t-shirts and other knits. 

You want to use a Tear Away stabilizer on more stable woven fabrics or on items where you will see the underside, like towels.

Do I Need Thread Storage And Why?

When thread is left exposed, it can accumulate dust and debris from the environment. This can lead to the thread becoming dirty or even damaged, which can affect the quality of your embroidery.

Prolonged exposure to sunlight can cause thread colors to fade over time. Storing your thread in a thread assortment box is something we absolutely recommend.


The Machine Embroidery Facebook Group is a vibrant space where embroidery enthusiasts, beginners, experts, and everyone in between come together to share their passion for the craft. 

If you have questions, seek inspiration, or just want to connect with like-minded individuals, our Facebook group is the perfect place for you.

There is nothing quite like connecting with over 53,000 people who share your interests. Our Facebook group is a welcoming, inclusive community that celebrates the art of embroidery. 

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Navigating machine embroidery

Starting your machine embroidery journey requires patience, practice, and the right knowledge.

 By acquainting yourself with thread variations, mastering hooping techniques, avoiding common mistakes, and understanding file formats, you're well on your way to creating stunning embroidered masterpieces.

Explore the endless possibilities of machine embroidery, experiment with different threads, fabrics, and designs, and watch your creativity flourish!

For further guidance or to explore a wide array of machine embroidery supplies, including embroidery stabilizers and a diverse selection of threads like rayon and polyester, browse our collection. 

Remember, in machine embroidery, precision, and passion go hand in hand.