Testing Sewing Machine Embroidery Patterns

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Old T-shirts make a great piece of fabric for testing out your sewing machine stitches. In this video, Leah Rybeck demonstrates a quick and easy trick for testing a sewing machine embroidery pattern before you start your next project.

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4 Responses to “Testing Sewing Machine Embroidery Patterns”
  1. Rosemary

    Why would you test an embroidery design on a knit fabric unless you were going to embroider on a knit fabric of the same thickness, fibre content etc, this is a complete waste of time and thread. This is the third video I have watched of questionable quality, glad I have not paid the full price for premium membership!

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    • National Sewing Circle

      You are correct that you would want to closely match the fabric that you are testing your stitches on with that of the fabric that you are using in your project, so this may not be a good method if you plan to embroider on a sheer fabric or something similar to that. However, the Gildan brand t shirt she looks to be using using is 100% cotton (though sometimes you can find them in a 90/10 mix of cotton with either polyester or nylon). This would work for a test stitch swatch for many clothing and home decor projects. It would also be good if you are just simply testing out a newly digitized design to make sure there are no jumps and all the design components and colors are aligned-and you haven’t yet decided what you are going to use the design on. This way you aren’t using up any fabric that you may want to put towards a future project.

      Hope this helps!

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  2. Ora

    Totally agree with Rosemary. It does no good to test on t-shirt fabric unless you are planning to use it. National Sewing Circle is irresponsible to allow bad advice on “free” videos. Many people don’t read comments and will try a bad method and get poor results on their projects. Designs are digitized for specific fabrics. Example: never use a design with a heavy fill on a t-shirt fabric, only an open airy design

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  3. Dana

    I agree with Leah as to using t-shirt or inexpensive material to practice. I would rather thrift it to practice. The t-shirt idea will give me ( my being some what of a rookie at this) a more stable material tom practice with until I become more proficient with other materials. My being a metal worker by trade would rather practice with aluminum rather with gold. My pockets are not that deep. I comment to this not to be argumentative but to bring a good point to her tutorial. Leah’s tutorial was spot on. Thank You for the in sight.

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