Showcase Your Machine Embroidery

Posted by on Jul 1, 2013 in Embroidery | Comments


Stitching machine embroidery to make gifts is great fun. What isn’t always fun is stitching the project itself before adding the machine embroidery. And what about those community service projects for teams and organizations that we do using our embroidery machines? This is where embroidery blanks can be a real lifesaver. You can enjoy all of the stitching fun while creating a personalized gift very quickly!

The types of blanks that are available are endless.

This means you should be able to find almost anything you would like to use for any project. And a good reason to purchase blanks, instead of similar products in a retail store, is that blanks are designed to be embroidered.

For example, a market basket I found at Nancy’s Notions has a removable frame so that the basket fabric can be embroidered, and then the frame is reinserted into the basket. Another example are towels that are designed as embroidery blanks. They do not have stripes in the area where the embroidery is done.

This is a partial list of the blanks I found on various Web sites that sell blanks:

  • Market baskets
  • Messenger bags
  • Tote bags
  • Diaper bags
  • Baby bibs and burp cloths
  • Towels of every type—linen, terrycloth, banded, hooded
  • Baby blankets
  • Children’s clothing
  • Adult clothing
  • Hats for men and women
  • Desk accessories
embroidery blanks

In looking for embroidery blanks, there are some key features that are important to consider such as colors, quality and minimum order requirements.

Read the product descriptions carefully and compare the same product and description across multiple Internet shops. If possible, request a sample before purchasing multiples of any product. If there is a minimum order, it is likely that a company will be willing to send you a single of the item so that you can determine whether it meets your requirements. Then test that sample by actually stitching machine embroidery on it before purchasing more.

Another way to get information about products is to ask questions and receive recommendations. Many of us belong to machine embroidery forums, which are a great place to ask these kinds of questions.

Understanding fabric characteristics is important in understanding the quality of a product.

For example, cotton duck canvas comes in nine different weights. The lightest weight, used for light clothes, is 7 oz and is a grade #12. With T-shirt fabric, a 6 oz T-shirt knit is heavier and a 4 oz T-shirt knit is a lighter weight knit. Linen also comes in many different weights such as heavy, tissue or handkerchief weight. It is important to select the correct weight for the project you are making.

Because I did not major in textiles, my source of information about fabrics is from search engines. It is well worth the time to study the different fabrics before making your purchase.

Some Internet shops require a business license, but there are many shops that sell to the general public and to individuals who are purchasing for educational purposes (such as T-shirt sales for a team or nonprofit organization). You will be able to save on shipping by planning your needs and organizing your purchases in advance. Make a list of the birthday, baby, wedding and/or holiday gifts you plan to give throughout the year, and order all your blanks at the same time.

Below are some Internet shops that sell embroidery blanks. All of them were listed when I entered “embroidery blanks” into a search engine. I have no affiliation nor endorsement of any of them, but found some great possibilities for shopping.

I recently took the Craftsy class Digitizing Machine Embroidery with Cookie Gaynor, and she included some great projects using linen handkerchiefs, tea towels and children’s socks embroidery blanks.

What kind of embroidery blanks have you used? Would you do it again? What advice do you have for purchasing and/or using embroidery blanks?

Comments

  1. Brenda Swanger says:

    I ordered a online class and the instructional video keeps stopping during instructions. What should take 15 minutes to view take much longer to view as the pauses are extremely long. Makes it difficult to remain interested in the project. Is there anything I can do to prevent this?

    1. Support says:

      Well that’s certainly not the experience we want you to have! Can you visit this page and submit a report to us: https://www.craftsy.com/feedback/submit? This will provide us with a little background information so we can get you back to your class!

  2. Edie says:

    I have used many embroidery blanks for my embroidery.
    Some results were fantastic, yet others, no so much.

    My suggestion, find a good quality embroidery blank. If you are unsure of the quality, order one, or perhaps a sample of the item, embroider it – and base your choice to purchase from that one.
    I have spent many dollars on products that “I thought” were good quality, and were not. (I then recycled them into an item that was useful )
    When you do find a good quality embroidery blank, stay with it.
    I would embroider the good quality blanks again, when “I know” the quality.
    The possibilities with embroidery blanks are endless, be creative, be unique, and do what you love! :)

    Edie
    Edies Designs @ Etsy

  3. Jill Turner says:

    I look for blanks everywhere I go. Have found some great ones in unexpected places.

  4. bkp says:

    Thanks for the ideas on blanks. I keep an eye out and have so many “possibilities” stashed — I really need to start stitching some of them!