• Lightweight fabrics need airy designs with low stitch counts. Dense stitching will spoil the hand of the fabric and may damage it.
  • Stretch fabrics usually need light designs, although small areas of satin stitch often work as long as the stitching is not too dense. If you want to use a design with large sections of heavy fill stitch then you must use a cut-away stabiliser. With a very stretchy fabric a design consisting entirely of running stitches is best if you want it to retain all its stretch qualities.
  • Pile fabrics work well with fairly simple solid designs, especially satin stitch as fine lines or small details can get lost in the pile.
  • Think creatively – if you are really keen on a particular design but it isn’t quite suitable, there are often ways round it. If the design is just a little too heavy try increasing its size while keeping the stitch count the same or use a finer thread. Perhaps you could use just the outline of the design or miss out some of the details. If you are confident in using stitch editing software then you can change anything at all – density, fill patterns etc.

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Mary Prior's 10 Tips for Machine Embroidery  - Embroidering on Difficult Fabrics
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