How to Monogram Letters Using a Sewing Machine

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Monogramming can be achieved with a standard sewing machine. Adjusting the sewing machine settings and preparing the fabric with an embroidery hoop will help you achieve this.

Things You'll Need

  • Thread
  • Fabric for monogramming
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Scissors

Prepare the Fabric

  • Pre-wash your fabric to avoid shrinking after monogramming. If the fabric shrinks after monogramming, the stitches may pucker. If it's "dry-clean only" fabric or you don't foresee the need to wash the fabric, skip this step.

  • Draw your desired design on the fabric with a pencil or tailor's chalk.

  • Stretch and fix the area to be monogrammed in an embroidery hoop.

Prepare the Sewing Machine

  • Remove the presser foot and set the pattern to a straight stitch.

  • Set the needle position to "Left" or "Middle" and the stitch length regulator to "Down."

  • Set the upper thread tension to as light as possible while not allowing the lower thread to be pulled up onto the surface.

Begin Sewing

Tips & Warnings

  • Practice monogramming on spare fabric. Because you are hand guiding the stitches, it will take practice to make a uniform look.
  • Be patient. You might have to manually guide the needle and not use the foot pedal.

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