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Embroidering is a specialized job that requires an array of tools and materials. Just like any other craft, it calls for a set of equipment to pull off the glitches of embroidery work and accomplish the job as precisely as possible.
Being a professional embroiderer, you should have the different accessories in your workshop to make sure that your entire job goes seamless from start to finish. So if you want to do a perfect embroidery job, here are some of the tools and accessories that you need to include in your toolkit whether you are doing direct embroidery or creating custom patches.
The most essential and basic tool for any embroiderer, a need is what designs an artwork on a fabric. The success of an embroidery work is contingent upon a specific type of needle that can create the just right design on a fabric. Generally, there are three types of needle that you will need to produce perfect embroidery. Here they are:
· Crewel Needle: A crewel needle is a sharp-tipped needle with a medium-sized eye. It is used for sewing tightly-woven fabric and is available in sizes between 1 to 12.
· Tapestry Needle: A tapestry needle has a longer shaft and a blunt tip. It is particularly effective for lacing and whipping. A tapestry needle comes in a size range between 13 and 28.
· Milliner Needle: The eye and the shaft of a milliner needle has the same size. A milliner needle is ideal for creating wrapped stitches, such as French Knots, cast-on stitches and bullion knots. A milliner needle has a size range between 1 and 12.
A hoop is an essential tool for the newbie embroiderers who have just started this job. A hoop allows the embroiderers to keep a fabric in place while the embroidery is in process. It helps them avoid occurrences of puckering and wrinkles on the embroidered part of a fabric.
A hoop comes in a variety of sizes, styles and materials. There are plenty of hoops available in the market that you can use for a specific type of embroidery work. For the newbie's, a wooden or plastic hoop will do. As they proceed to become a more professional embroiderer, they can choose a brass hoop that can be clamped with screws. A circular hoop is perfect for hand embroidery, while a rectangular hoop is ideal for machine embroidery.
Getting embroidery done on a fabric can be tricky under poor lighting conditions and you can botch a design with a naked eye. This is why proper lighting is a necessity to successfully accomplish an embroidery work. To ensure a clean design, you need to have proper lighting in the embroidery facility so that the fine details in a design don't escape your eye.
To get a design perfectly decorated on a fabric, you need to place lights around the embroidery area. In addition, you need to use a magnifier to closely see the subtleties in a design.
4. Oil and Oiler
Oil and oiler are essential materials to lubricate your embroidery machine so that it can work seamlessly throughout an embroidery work. The oil is essential to keep the parts in working condition, especially when you are operating a heavy-duty machine that runs day in and day out. An oiler will serve as the tool that you can use to apply the oil on every part of the machine.
Proper oiling of your embroidery machine will not only ensure a flawless embroidery work but it will also increase the life of your machine. Therefore, you should lubricate your machine after regular intervals as mentioned in the manual of an embroidery machine.
5. Tension Gauge
Tension gauge helps you set the right amount of tension on your embroidery design. With help of tension gauge, you can calculate the perfect value of tension that you should set for the threads you are using in your embroidery.
6. Stitch Counter
For professional embroiderers who have to produce complex designs, such as custom embroidered patches, they need to make sure about the number of stitches for a specific embroidery work. With stitch counter, you can keep tabs on the total number of stitches in a design and produce artworks that exactly match the requirements of your clients.
7. Bobbin and Bobbin Case
A bobbin is a common item in an embroiderer’s workshop as it is used for rolling the thread and spinning yarn. Embroiderers also use bobbins to control the amount of tension on a thread for making embroideries. A bobbin comes with a bobbin case to secure the thread as well as to set the required tension to produce an embroidery work.
A stabilizer or backing is used in embroidery work to keep the fabric in right position and avoid any wrinkles or puckering in a design. A stabilizer can be fixed on top or under a fabric using a hoop.
Before putting a stabilizer on a fabric, it is essential to mark the right location onto which an artwork will be created. There are three basic types of stabilizer which are available in the market. They are tear-away stabilizer, cut-away stabilizer and wash-away. Different types of stabilizers are used for embroidering on different types of fabrics.
9. Lint Roller
As its name suggests, a lint roller can help you get rid of the frayed threads in a matter of seconds. It is a lightweight tool that comes with a handle that you can use to roll over an embroidery work that has threads protruding from the surface. This tool is a little wonder that will make your design look as impeccable as possible.
10. Peggy's Stitch Eraser
Peggy's stitch eraser is another handy tool used by embroiderers to unstitch any unwanted stitches on a fabric. The great thing about this tool is that it removes the stitches on a fabric without causing any damage to its texture. You can use this tool to rectify any goof-ups with stitching while doing an embroidery job and redo it.
11. Embroidery Scissor
And last but certainly not the least. Every embroiderer needs a scissor to cut the fine threads and make the embroidery look as clean and refined as possible. To serve this job, an embroidery scissor comes into play. An embroidery scissor is different from a conventional scissor in that it has a thinner blade and pointed edge that makes it easier to cut threads from surface of a fabric. So what you get is a clean design that woos the heart of your clients.
The success of any embroidery work depends on the tools and materials that are required to execute this job. The above-mentioned are some of the most essential tools and materials that you must own to successfully this job like a professional.
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