If you are new to machine embroidery you probably already know by now that there are a lot of materials and supplies required – an amount that will likely overwhelm and confuse you. In this post, we will walk you through the variety of fabrics you can choose from for your embroidery so you can get the amazing results.

The outcome of your embroidered design relies on several factors such as choosing the appropriate needle, the correct stabiliser that will suit the stitch density and size of your design and also the fabric. The most important and often overlooked factor is fabric. Not a lot of people know how important selecting the appropriate fabric is when it comes to embroidery. When you choose a fabric, you have to consider the weight of your design. This means your fabric has to be sturdy and tough so it can withstand the design. If you go for looser fabrics keep in mind that it cant hold that many threads. Assuming you already have a fabric in mind, make sure you choose a specific design that is appropriate to your preferred fabric’s weight. Consider the thread count – this pertains to the weave of your fabric and it also determines the capacity of a fabric to allow a needle to thread across it easily.

We also suggest that you go for natural fabrics that have a snug weave because this makes for a suitable base ideal for embroidery design. Natural fabrics are also easy to embroider. Why, you ask? Well, the answer is simple, the direction of the fibers run in a horizontal and vertical fashion making it easy for the needed to penetrate the fabric. Examples of natural fabrics include wool, silk, cotton and linen.

Consider these guidelines and tips when starting an embroidery design business. It is imperative you know the right fabric to use for your design so you can get the best results.