A sewing machine and an embroidery machine come with a lot of similarities. However, fundamentally speaking, they are still different. While the first one is good for regular or construction stitching, the other is for, well, embroidery stitching. Now, the question is this: Can you embroider with a sewing machine?
The answer is yes- if your sewing machine has zigzag functions.
And if you own one, you can use the following tips:
- Use the right thread. For embroidery, it’s best to use a rayon embroidery thread. It won’t just make your finished garment look great but it can also make the garment stronger. If that’s not possible, you can use polyester or cotton.
- Use your embroidery hoop. This is to keep the fabric taught. No matter how hard you try, pulling the fabric side-to-side with just your hands won’t give you the same effect.
- Use your stabilizer when working on slippery fabrics. Slippery and thin fabrics may pucker up when you use them for embroidery. To prevent that, be sure to use your stabilizer.
- Start with a full bobbin. This is to make sure that you won’t have to stop in the middle of your project just to fill it up.
To get a better idea, here’s a video on how to do embroidery using a regular sewing machine: