Ribbons can be used for a lot of things. Ribbons are used to add a dash of color to different types of clothes. They can also be used as hair tiebacks or even as straps. Thus ribbons are a must-have for your fashion collection.
In as much as they are used to embellish other clothes, you can also embellish them through embroidery. Satin ribbons are easy to embroider on.
How Do You Embroider On Satin Ribbon?
You can embroider on satin ribbon by hand or by machine. To embroider on satin ribbon, you will need an embroidery stabilizer to hold your stitches firmly on the ribbon and the correct embroidery needles and threads for embroidery.
Step-by-step Guide On How To Embroider On Satin Ribbon
Method 1. Embroider Satin Ribbon By Embroidery Machine
Step 1. Assemble all the items that you need for this task. You will require an embroidery hoop, embroidery stabilizer, scissors, embroidery design, and your satin ribbon.
Step 2. Hoop your embroidery stabilizer and take it to the embroidery machine ready to start your embroidery. Get a tear-away or water-soluble stabilizer for your satin ribbon embroidery. Since the satin fabric is light, you want your embroidery design to also remain light. This happens when you remove all the embroidery stabilizer from the design after embroidering.
Step 3. Load your hooped stabilizer to the embroidery machine and create a basting box. This helps you to create the right position on the stabilizer for you to place your ribbon and embroidery design.
Step 4. When your basting box is made on the hoop, remove it from the sewing machine and place it on your working surface. Use brightly colored threads to make the basting box so that you can see it.
Step 5. Place your ribbon over the basting box made on the stabilizer. Make sure that the ribbon covers the basting box as the embroidery machine already has set the measurements. Then draw lines around the ribbon, and set aside the ribbon from the stabilizer.
Step 6. Cut off the basting box from the stabilizer.
Step 7. On the space left by cutting off the basting box, place a water-soluble stabilizer to cover it up. Then, stick your ribbon onto the stabilizer. The stabilizer glue will hold the ribbon onto the surface of the stabilizer.
Step 8. Use tape to reinforce the ribbon onto the stabilizer before you can take it back to the embroidery machine to sew your embroidery design onto it.
Step 9. Load your hoop onto the embroidery machine. Your hoop now contains the original stabilizer, water-soluble stabilizer, your ribbon, and tape to reinforce the ribbon on the stabilizer. Before you start your embroidery machine, make sure that your hoop is properly aligned so that the embroidery design is stitched onto the right place on the ribbon.
Step 10. Press the start button on your embroidery machine. It will now start printing out or sewing the already digitized embroidery design onto your satin ribbon. Give it some time until all the embroidery is done.
Step 11. Remove the hoop from the embroidery machine. Take off the tape from the ribbon and take the ribbon off the hoop.
Step 12. Cut off the excess of the water-soluble stabilizer on the now embroidered satin ribbon. The remaining stabilizer that is right under the embroidery design will dissolve in water once it is washed. Or, you can run warm water over the ribbon to remove any signs of the stabilizer.
Step 13. Your ribbon is now embroidered using an embroidery machine. You can use the ribbon to embellish or tag any sewing project you have available.
Method 2. Embroidery On Satin Ribbon By Hand
Step 1. You will need your ribbon, a hoop, either tear away or cut away stabilizer, embroidery needles, and embroidery thread. Use a heavier or lighter stabilizer depending on the weight of the embroidery you want to make on your ribbon.
Step 2. Bring your stabilizer into the hoop and make sure it is held tightly enough.
Step 3. Tape your satin ribbon onto the hoop. This ensures that the ribbon doesn’t keep on moving around as you work on it. Taping is the best method to hold it stable rather than basting it which would cause it to have holes once you have completed embroidery.
Step 4. Place your embroidery design on the ribbon. You can tape it to the ribbon to make sure that it also stays in place as you start to work on it. Satin is a soft fabric. It is likely for anything you place on it to move around as you sew. This will cause the fabric to fold and pucker, leaving an uneven surface on the satin ribbon.
Step 5. Thread your embroidery needle with embroidery thread. You can use two to three strands of embroidery thread to ensure that your embroidery is visible on the satin ribbon. Unlike machine embroidery, hand embroidery may not be visible as you may not be as firm as the machine. You will need to make many stitches on a single point which could cause the satin ribbon to pucker.
Step 6. Bring your needle up from behind the embroidery design that is on your ribbon. Make sure that your needle passes through the stabilizer to ensure that you don’t leave holes on your ribbon once you are through embroidering. Make a firm knot on the stabilizer and proceed to sew your embroidery onto the ribbon.
Step 7. After you have finished embroidering on the ribbon, remove it from the hoop. Cut off all the excess stabilizers you have used for the embroidery process. Make sure to cut it off as close to the embroidery and ribbon as possible. This ensures that it is not visible on the ribbon once you are through.
Step 8. Iron your satin ribbon and embroidery. This ensures that you remove any puckering that may have occurred on your ribbon and straighten your embroidery. It also helps to fix the embroidery more permanently onto the satin ribbon.
How To Embroider With Ribbon
Besides using embroidery thread, you can also use ribbon for embroidery similar to using the thread. Ribbon embroidery is unique, beautiful, and much cheaper compared to when you use embroidery thread. It is also faster and more accurate.
The downside to ribbon embroidery is the weight of the ribbon. It is light, and many times, the embroidery you make is likely to come out due to prolonged wearing or washing of garments and fabrics.
Thread your embroidery needle with your strip of favorite color of ribbon. Make a knot on the ribbon by piercing the needle through the ribbon and pushing it all out until you get to the needle eye to make a knot with the excess ribbon.
Trace an embroidery pattern on your fabric or garment. Start sewing on your embroidery design with your ribbon. Make sure you have sufficient ribbon threaded on your needle to complete your embroidery once.
If you are using an embroidery stabilizer, make sure to remove it once you have finished embroidering. While sewing with a ribbon, you have at your disposal all the hand stitches that you know.
How To Embroider Sheer Fabric
Embroidering sheer fabric is fast and easy. First, you need to trace the embroidery design onto the sheer fabric. This is quite easy as the sheer fabric is light and you can see everything on the transfer paper.
Once your design is on the fabric, thread your needle and start sewing on the embroidery design. Bring your needle from behind the fabric. Due to the weight of the fabric, you will need to find a way that will help you sew firm and strong stitches onto the fabric that won’t fall off later.