Machine Embroidery Designs & Ideas

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Machine Embroidery Designs & Ideas
Machine embroidery uses technology to quickly add details to fabrics. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Long gone are the days of tedious hand embroidery. Machine embroidery takes designs to the next level by incorporating computer technology to create the zigzag stitching process for you. Embroidery and combination sewing-embroidery machines are programmed to electronically stitch template designs into projects, even allowing for size and font adjustments. Like the handmade process, hoops frame the design space of a material and stabiliser is used to give the close-stitched embroidery something to hold to, saving the fabric from ripping. Machine embroidery can be used to quickly personalise items, add decorative elements and create one-of-a-kind keepsakes.


One of the most traditional embroidery styles, monogramming, is a great way to personalise gifts. You can embroider the recipient's two or three initials onto linens (towels, sheets, handkerchiefs and robes), luggage (bags and totes) and even kitchenware (napkins, place mats and table runners). Monogram embroidery can be created in numerous fonts and sizes to match occasions such as weddings, housewarming parties and baby showers.


Much of the embroidery needed on uniforms and school ware can also be completed at home. Use your machine to take care of personalising graduation stoles and letterman's jackets with names, symbols and accomplishments. Text and emblems can be added to school and sports uniforms, as well as club sweaters and gym bags.


Embroidery border and corner designs look great on clothes and blankets. Use border trims along the edges of jeans, jackets and even umbrellas to add detailing to your basics. Corner designs fit perfectly onto the pocket fronts of trousers and blanket ends. Trims may be programmed into your embroidery machine, generally floral, vine and scroll types. Create your own trim types by replicating shapes or design patterns over and over along an edge.


Machine embroidery can be used to stitch floral, seasonal and name designs onto quilt squares. Patches can be made with iron-on material for achievements, honours or just to decoratively cover up holes in clothes. Fabric and felt pieces can be embroidered to create personalised and reusable gift tags and ornaments tied with ribbon scraps.

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