How to Machine Embroider on T-Shirts


Machine embroidery is a process of creating patterns on fabrics through the use of a embroidery machine. Most embroidery machines today are computerized, so all users have to do is create or buy a design, load it onto the embroider machine, secure the fabric for embroidery and start the machine up. The embroidering of T-shirts is a common practice but is often tricky. It is accomplished with knowledge of the embroidery process and using the proper materials

Things You'll Need

  • Pattern
  • Stabilizer
  • New pre-shrunk T-shirt
  • Purchase a high quality, pre-shrunk T-shirt to machine embroider your design onto.

  • Select a small, light design to embroider on the T-shirt. T-shirt fabric is light and does not take large embroidered designs well because of the amount of stitching required.

  • Cut a piece of stabilizer that is just slightly larger than the hoop used with the embroidery machine.

  • Hoop the piece of stabilizer and peel the backing off the stabilizer.

  • Place the hoop inside the collar of the shirt and center it around the design location. Press the T-shirt fabric down onto the stabilizer.

  • Thread your embroidery machine with the smallest needle you have and set the machine to embroider the design.

  • Take the hoop off the stabilizer and T-shirt. Trim away the stabilizer, leaving just 1/4 inch around the design.


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