Learn to Stitch Part 2: Pattern Transfer Method

learn to stitch pattern transfer method for embroidery

Moving on from last week and my recommended list of supplies to get you started on your stitchy adventures, you can read that post here if case you missed it. 

This week how do you transfer your pattern onto your fabric?, please read on.
There are many ways to transfer your embroidery pattern from paper onto fabric. There’s no right or wrong way, it’s all down to personal preference.  Personally, I use the light-box method as its simple and easy to do. Here’s how I do it.

 

►  Firstly, you need to stretch your fabric onto your hoop tight, like really tight.  You will want the front side of the fabric (if there is one) on the inside of the hoop, as you will be laying the hoop flat onto the fabric to trace. I usually stitch up my pattern with the hoop like this and once the pattern is completed, I just reverse the fabric in the hoop the right way.

►  Ok, now you have the fabric secured in the hoop, next take your paper pattern and you can use your light box. If you don’t have one of these, just use your window. A computer/tablet monitor will work just as well too. You just need some light to see through the fabric to trace. 

    ►  Stick the paper pattern to the window, hold your hoop against it and with a steady hand, just trace the pattern onto the fabric. You can use a water soluble pen for this, these pens are great and with some water you can remove any marks. You can also use a regular pencil or micron pen, but be aware with these pens, to make sure you cover the marks you make, as these are not easily removed!

      ►  You are now ready to get stitching!  You can leave your fabric in the hoop this way, you are just working from the back of the hoop.  When you are finished with your pattern, just take the embroidery piece out and turn it the correct way and now you are ready to back it!

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      how to transfer your embroidery pattern to the fabric

      how to transfer your embroidery pattern to the fabric

      how to transfer your embroidery pattern to the fabric

      how to transfer your embroidery pattern to the fabric

      how to transfer your embroidery pattern to the fabric

       

      As I mentioned above, there are other methods you can try, like using carbon paper, iron on transfers & the magic paper method. I will cover these types of methods in another more detailed blog post.  These can be handy if you have a very detailed pattern, but for beginners the above method will work just fine !

      Next week on part 3, I am going to share some some tips/ticks, that I have picked up along the way.

      Till next time!
      Maura

      how to transfer your embroidery pattern to your fabric

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