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How to Fix Embroidery Mistakes

It's best to fix embroidery mistakes while they're still small or take precautions to avoid them altogether.

If making mistakes is a common part of the learning process, I should be a genius by now! I've had my share of lessons on how to solve problems.

The best thing to do is take out the wrong stitches as soon as you notice them and begin that section again.

If you're too far beyond the mistake, you can just keep going and count it as a little "extra creative expression!"

How to Avoid Mistakes

Here are some handy tips I have found most useful when working on my own embroidery.

Keep Track of Your Progress

Use a highlighter, sticky paper, or simply a pencil to mark where you are on the pattern. This is essential!

Calculate Fabric Size to Include Room for Finishing

Leave a margin so you'll be able to frame your piece or sew it into place in a quilt or pillow.

Find the Middle to Start

Fold the fabric and mark the line with a pin instead of making a crease. Do the same with the other axis. I know it's a bore, but double check that you have enough room by counting or measuring. You don't want to run out of room!

Make Counting Easier

If you are counting fabric or canvas for long distances to double check that you have enough room, make it easier by pointing with a needle or pin. Mark every 50 or 100 with a pin as you go, just incase you get a telephone call around number 479.

Store Carefully

Store your work carefully at all times to avoid stains, wrinkles, and tangles. Even if you get up for just a minute, you don't want to come back to find your piece covered in paw prints and pet hair.

Label Your Threads

It's important to sort and label your fibers so you don't accidentally mix up colors. Set up a craft organizer system that matches the way you think and work.

Manage Fiber Spin

Sometimes multiple threads of floss or yarn ply will become loose. You can tighten it up as needed by spinning your needle in the appropriate direction. Go the other direction to unwind things if the fibers get too tight and start to curl. It's also easy to let go of the needle with tight fibers and let it hang and spin until balanced.

Avoiding mistakes in embroidery is the first step to fixing them!

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