Machine Embroidery

Machine Embroidery

Machine embroidery adds design details to quilts, garments and home decor. It can be done with either a special machine, or use your home sewing machine to create patterns and designs on textiles. Common designs are monograms, florals, quilt labels and more!

You can purchase designs and load into your machine to stitch out, or use a computer program to make your own embroidery design. With a home sewing machine, you can draw or trace your design onto fabric and use a variety of stitches to create your embroidery design.

Before embarking on a project, make sure to have some stabilizer so that your fabric doesn’t stretch in the process, and the right color threads available to make your design. Using a hoop helps keep your design symmetrical.

Browse through our projects and stories that include machine embroidery as a technique in the process.

Growing up with artists as parents, Libby Williamson explored many ways of creating, and that is reflected in her fiber art today. With complex layers of fabric, paint, dye, print,...

Stephen Wilson uses modern technology to create contemporary artwork rooted in traditional craft. He uses fabric and thread to create his images in the same way a painter might use...

At first glance, Claire B. Jones' sculptural embroidery looks like it must be built on some kind of armature. But Claire engineers her pieces so that they are built entirely...

Bringing as much meticulous attention to her work as an artist as she brought to her technical career, Donna Lee Dowdney creates nature-inspired visual art with fabric and mixed media....

With a needle in her hand since the age of 7, Christen Brown creates lush embroidered and beaded pieces to wear and admire. Generous with her knowledge, she shares her...

When you see a Laura Wasilowski quilt, you can't help but smile. Her whimsical pictorial art quilts use her own hand-dyed fabrics and threads to depict fanciful scenes. Owner of the...