How to Monogram Letters Using a Sewing Machine

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Things You'll Need

  • Thread

  • Fabric for monogramming

  • Embroidery hoop

  • Scissors

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.

Prepare the Fabric

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Prepare the Sewing Machine

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Step 1

Place the embroidery hoop under the needle and lower the presser bar lifter.

Step 2

Hold the hoop closely on the machine bed with both hands.

Step 3

While moving the hoop with your left hand, adjust the stitch width with your right hand according to the pattern.


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.