One of the most common, yet often neglected mistakes in embroidery is puckering, or when the cloth has small wrinkles and folds after the entire stitching process is done. This is usually caused by the wrong choice of cloth, heavy materials used, and mainly the very lack of preparation before stitching.

Once your fabric has puckered, it is usually hard to fix. To help you prevent this embroidery headache, here are some tips from our experts at On the Cuff.

Determine the Right Fabric

In our previous article, we showed you some of the most common fabrics advised for embroidery. Here, we cannot emphasize enough the importance of selecting the right one. Here are some factors to keep in mind when you’re in the selection process:

  • Weight and strength — Are you going to use a simple thread and needle or are you going to have ribbons, buttons, crystals, beads, the works? Your fabric needs to be strong and heavy enough to support the weight of your materials in order to hold the shape of your design seamlessly.
  • Thread count — If you’re a beginner, it is always advisable to start with fabrics with low thread count.
  • Kind of stitch — Are you going to do a simple back stitch or are you going to go crazy with multiple kinds? There are certain kinds of fabric recommended for a particular kind of stitch. You can ask us here at On the Cuff for more details.


Don’t forget to wash your fabric before stitching in order to avoid not only puckering, but also pre-shrinking. This is an essential step for any embroidery project.

Using a Hoop

Although not all embroidery projects require a hoop, you can always use one, especially if you’re a beginner. You can choose a wood, vintage, or spring tension hoop, according to your preference. It is important to note that before you select one, make sure that it is big enough to maintain a proper grasp of the cloth and not too small to avoid getting your stitch caught in the hoop.

Our belief in On the Cuff is that embroidery is a craft that can be applied in any setting at any time. For your business and personal embroidery needs, give us a call today and we’ll have one of our specialists assist you.