Rich, luxurious velvet can be a lovely match for
embroidery! Read on to discover tips and tricks to make your
stitching look beautiful -- and avoid crushing this delicate fabric.
Start by positioning the printed template in the
area intended for embroidery. Poke a hole in the center to mark the
center of the design. Mark the horizontal and vertical axis lines and
remove the template.
After the embroidery design has been loaded and
the appropriate hoop has been selected;, apply a generous amount of
temporary spray adhesive to the stabilizer and hoop it (sticky side
up). Make sure the stabilizer is taut and that the hoop screw is
as tight as possible.
Smooth the velvet on top of the hooped stabilizer,
lining up the axis lines with the marks on the hoop.
Lay a piece of lightweight water-soluble
stabilizer over the velvet as a topping(this will help keep the stitches from
sinking down into the nap), and pin all three layers (stabilizer,
velvet and topping) together. Place the pins as close to the edge of
the hoop as possible.
Attach the hoop to the embroidery machine, and
stitch the design.
Once the embroidery design has completed sewing,
trim loose threads and remove the excess cutaway stabilizer from the
Remove the water-soluble stabilizer from
If any small bits of water-soluble stabilizer remain, use tweezers to remove
them or simply wet your fingertips and gently brush the stabilizer
Note: Crushed velvet and polyester velvets are usually fine
to hand-wash or machine wash; the gentle cycle is recommended.