by Anthony Clark
We are all human and we make mistakes , but in the world of embroidery these mistakes can have very serious consequences if we do not act immediately to repair it . The problem is that generally this mistake makes us nervous and not able to react quickly . But before any mistake in an embroidery, it is important to quickly adopt certain measures to be able to rectify in the least traumatic way. As an illustration, think about how important it is to apply first aid correctly in a small accident, knowing how to apply these basic first aid measures generally facilitates recovery.
Here are some recommendations that you should follow when you detect an embroidery error.
We all know the saying “dress me slowly that I am in a hurry” and it is also applicable to the world of embroidery. It is important to keep calm in order to analyze the situation and make the right decisions. The embroidery machine only seems to give problems when we are embroidering a very valuable garment, or we have a very tight delivery date. Generally the problem arises because we are working in a hurry, and the situation is further complicated. But you should never try to fix the error in a hurry because the result can be fatal. If you have embroidered something incorrectly and try to undo the stitches, you may end up boring the fabric. The key is to remain calm and be patient during error repair, and in this way you will get a better result. Also, if we are in a hurry we may be wrong again.
When you detect an embroidery error, the first thing you should do is not remove the garment from the frame . This is a very simple recommendation, and the first reaction to an error is to remove the garment from the frame and remove it. If it is color error , use screen printing ink to repair the color.
If you remove the garment from the frame, it will be almost impossible to return it to the frame in exactly the same position. While if you keep it in the frame after correcting the error, you could continue with embroidery. You just have to find the correct stitch and restart the embroidery machine without having to perform any machine readjustment. At least you will have a reference to restart embroidery. When you discover an embroidery problem that you must correct, take note of the exact point of the design where the error occurred. And when it comes to repair, you should always write down the stitch where the embroidery machine stopped.
Sometimes, you can even write it down in the interlining used on the back of the garment. The problem will usually have occurred before that stitch, but at least you have a benchmark within the design. And later you can return to that point (or slightly before that stitch), when you have already corrected the error.
And why is it important to note at what point of the error the error occurred? Although it would be easy to leave the machine stopped until the error was resolved and to be able to resume embroidery. This is totally unproductive and the most efficient thing is to continue embroidering another garment unless error repair is very simple. If you need 20 to 30 minutes to undo the stitches, you could use this time to embroider another 3 or 4 designs. It is advisable to have a spare frame (one or two of each size), to be able to remove the frame with the garment in which you were wrong and continue with your production.
In most cases, it is necessary to undo the stitches to repair an embroidery error . It is preferable to undo only the part of the design that is incorrectly embroidered to re-embroider it correctly. Try to undo the minimum stitches, not the complete design.
A small trick is to frame the design on a paper or liner to mark the error on it and use it as a reference to the previous sting. In this way, you can use your point of origin (the initial point of the design) also as a reference. Instead of starting the design in the center, you can start at a point in the previously embroidered design. After loading the sting, you can find that point and align it with the embroidery machine.
Try to undo a complete part of the design, and not just the section that must be repeated. For example, if when embroidering a name we have made a mistake only in one letter, it will possibly be easier to align it if you undo all the letters before or after the error, instead of undoing only the incorrect letter and try to align and repeat the embroidery of that one letter.
Sometimes it is not necessary to undo the stitches to repair an error, because you can cover it with the correct stitches . These errors usually occur when embroidering with a thread of the wrong color. When you detect the problem, simply go back to the point of the design where you were wrong about the color and embroider over it with the correct color thread.
The only problem is that sometimes the thread of the correct color could be seen through the new stitches. To avoid this, you can place a thin interlining before embroidering with the correct color thread. The interlining will act as a barrier , preventing the first thread from being seen through the new color. You can use a tear-off interlining and after embroidering you can stop the embroidery machine to start the remaining interlining before proceeding with embroidery.
Hiding errors with new stitches is a very old trick used in the world of embroidery. You can even create a fill design to hide the initial error.
Repairing holes can be complicated or easy. If the hole is generated in the embroidery area, the stitches can usually hide it. In this case, you just have to go back to a position before the hole, place a small piece of interlining under the garment and embroider again. The embroidery stitches will repair the hole and thanks to the interlining it is difficult to break again in that area.
The problem can occur when the embroidery does not cover the hole, in that case it will be necessary to patch the hole. Analyze the possibility of creating a filling area to hide the hole and embroider on top. Of course, you should take into account the value of the garment on which you embroider, if the hole is produced shirt and the repair is not simple, simply throw the shirt in the trash.
Ideally, errors can be repaired without having to stop production . If you get the embroidery machine to continue working while you repair the error, and then finish embroidering the repaired garment, you will make sure to minimize the lost time.
Follow these tips and you can repair embroidery errors.
About Anthony Clark
Since as a little kid, Anthony Clark had passion about digital drawing and printing. He would just walk around in his parents' house in Phoenix, Arizona drawing just about anything on his older Samsung tablet; whether just a memory collection or a portay of a simple object. He received his BA in Graphic Design at San Jose State Universiry at the heart of Silicon Valley. Now Mr. Clark is excited to present the art of printing and drawing to his audience.