Starting an embroidery project is a good idea, but it’s not always a smooth ride. So, if you’re new to embroidery; save time, money and frustration by avoiding these common mistakes people often commit.

Failure to Read the Instructions Before Starting – Some people just go on with doing the embroidery without bothering to read the instructions and later on find themselves tangled in problems or end up with poor quality work. Don’t skip the instructions. Read it thoroughly and make sure to follow it. See to it that you follow important details like the right type of thread, number of strands of embroidery floss and the like.

Selecting the Wrong Fabric Type – Some stitches are poorly formed due to the use of the wrong fabric. Remember that most forms of embroidery need to have a firm foundation to hold on and for it to last longer. Use fabrics with a 28 or higher thread count as they are ideal for many embroidery forms.

Using the Wrong Needle – There are certain sizes and types of needles that should be used in certain types of stitches or garment. Using a needle that is too large may puncture holes in the fabric and may also cause the fabric to pucker, while a needle that is too small can cause threading difficulty. You also need to use the right needle, don’t use a sharp needle when a ball point should be used.

Making Knots When Starting or Ending Stitches – Using knots is a no-no when doing embroidery because they cause unnecessary bulk in the surface of the fabric. This makes it hard to flatten the surface mounted or pressed. Instead of knots, use a waste knot, away knot, or weaving it into the back side of an already stitched area.

Choosing Too Heavy or Too Light Embroidery Thread – The right embroidery thread to use is important for the overall outcome of your embroidery design. Make sure to stick to the basic concept of thick thread for bold lines and fine thread for narrow lines. You can also separate or put together a group of strands to achieve the right thickness of the thread that you need for your design.

By avoiding these mistakes, your embroidery project can go smoother. Although this is not the only assurance of good end quality as there are still other considerations and also depend on skill, making sure not to commit the above items will make embroidery easier and more enjoyable.