How To Fix Embroidery Mistakes

Embroidery results differ from one embroiderer to another. With consistent practice on the machine, you will eventually have perfect results.

Even so, mistakes happen in the embroidering process. As an embroiderer, you need to know how to fix your embroidery mistakes.

How Do You Fix Embroidery Mistakes?

You can fix the embroidery mistakes by removing the stitches holding the embroidery onto the garment, covering it with a patch or, even painting the mistake over with a permanent marker.

Steps To Fix Embroidery Mistakes

Method 1. Removing The Embroidery And Fixing It Back Better

Step 1. Turn your garment inside out so that you can easily access your embroidery from the stitches. Removing the embroidery from the top side will tear your fabric or garment.

Step 2. You can use any tool that you may have that can remove stitches. The best tools to remove stitches on your garment are a razor, stitch eraser, and seam ripper.

Step 3. Bring your cutting tool to the stitches on the backside of your embroidery. A stitch eraser is the best tool for this task. It cuts the bobbin stitches as close as possible to the fabric without cutting the fabric.

Step 4. Cut off all the stitches so that you can remove your embroidery from the garment. Using a stitch eraser helps you to finish this process faster than any other tool.

Step 5. Turn your garment to the right side and pull off the embroidery. Wipe off any threads that may still be on the garment.

Step 6. Place back your embroidery design properly to correct the mistake made earlier that had caused you to remove it. Sew it back in place correctly this time.

Method 2. Cover Your Mistake

Step 1. Identify what mistake you have made on the embroidery. Sometimes the embroidery mistake can’t be removed and fixed back. For an error like this, covering it up maybe your best solution.

Step 2. Make another embroidery design that you will use to cover the embroidery mistake that you have made.

Step 3. Place your fabric on the embroidery machine. Place your new embroidery design on the old one and sew it on.

Step 4. When sewing the embroidery design to cover the mistake, make sure that the covering embroidery design is larger than the one being covered.

Also, ensure that the fabric you sew this embroidery design on is heavy enough to hold to embroidery designs. A thin fabric may not withstand a cover embroidery design.

Method 3. Sewing By Hand

Step 1. This method is most suitable when only a small error has happened on your embroidery. For example, if a letter on your embroidery design is messed up, you can fix it by hand sewing.

First, turn your garment inside out. This enables you to see the back of the garment and the ripped threads so that you don’t spoil it further.

Step 2. You will need a thread that is the same color as your embroidery to rectify the mistake accordingly.

Step 3. On the part that you need to sew back, remove the backing slightly if there’s any. This helps you to see the torn part clearly and helps you to plan for your sewing.

Step 4. Thread your needle with a similar thread to that of your embroidery design. Sew the part of your embroidery design that needs sewing. Make sure to follow the design as it has been done so that it corresponds to the rest of the embroidery. Sew from the back to keep all your sewing stitches on one side.

Method 4. Mark With A Permanent Marker Pen

Step 1. This method is suitable only for minuscule sewing mistakes. Marker pen marks cannot be used for large areas of fabric when mistakes occur. You will need a marker pen that is the same color as the fabric on which you are embroidery.

Step 2. To correct embroidery mistakes with a permanent marker pen, you need to work on the fabric on the right side up. This helps you to see the mistake and how to correct it.

Step 3. Paint over your embroidery error with a permanent marker pen. For a small thread hole on the fabric, the permanent marker pen makes it look exactly like the fabric. Make sure that the ink from the pen won’t blot the fabric.

Method 5. Add A Name To Your Embroidery Mistake

Step 1. You can also add a name, letter, or pattern to your embroidery design if you make a mistake. Pull your fabric or garment taut. If your embroidery design is not properly centered then you can use this method to fix the mistake.

Step 2. Decide on the letter or name you want to add to your embroidery.

Step 3. Turn your garment inside out and mark the point at which you want to add a letter or name to your embroidery.

Step 4. Bring your garment to your embroidery machine and start sewing the additional letter or pattern onto your embroidery design.

Step 5. Turn your garment to the right side and check if the additional letter has helped center your embroidery design.

Step 6. If your embroidery is still not properly centered, you can repeat the process until you have your embroidery properly centered on your garment.

Method 6. Add A Button To Your Mistake

Step 1. You can hide your embroidery mistake with a button or bow. When you identify a mistake on your embroidery, look for a button that will match your embroidery design.

Step 2. Sew the button directly on top of the error you have made. This provides the perfect cover for your error and a beautiful way to finish and embellish your embroidery design.

Step 3. If you can’t add a button, you can add a bow or some other fabric that’s a bit different from the rest of the embroidery to make it unique and cover up the mistake.

What Do You Do If An Embroidery Error Cannot Be Fixed?

There are times when your embroidery is so bad, it cannot be fixed with either of the methods listed above. If you try to remove the embroidery design then refix it, you will destroy your garment and not have a place to fix it back.

In this case, the only option you have is to throw away the fabric or garment and start your project again. However, this fabric can be useful to fix embroidery errors in other projects.

You can use this garment or fabric as an applique to fix embroidery errors. You can cut off buttons from the spoiled garment and pieces of fabric if need be to fix your errors.

You can also use the garment to make new projects. They may not have to be embroidery projects. You can use it for practice until you have perfected your skills.

How To Improve Your Hand Embroidery

Hand embroidery is a useful skill for many embroiderers. It requires consistent practice to perfect like every other sewing skill. To get better at hand embroidery, you need to improve your process.

The first thing to make this possible is to have in mind your result. You can print it on paper, or on the fabric, you are embroidering.

Before you start working on your fabric, make sure that it is well pressed. This makes it easier to work on. Also, make sure that while working on your fabric, you stretch it out to make it taut.

Another thing that you will need to improve your hand embroidery is to use the recommended needles for hand embroidery. This is also determined by the type of fabric that you will be working on.

Consistent practice is the best method to implement to improve your hand embroidery skills.



I'm Jessica Flores, a professional fashion designer and an expert seamstress. Crafting has always been a deep-seated passion of mine, one that has flourished and evolved over the years. I've dedicated considerable time to both studying and practicing in the realm of fashion and sewing, amassing a wealth of experience and skills. It brings me great joy to share these insights and experiences with you all, hoping to inspire and foster a similar passion for the art of sewing.

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