How To Machine Embroider Napkins

Embroidered napkins are a unique and beautiful gift that you can give. Machine embroidering napkins is easy and fast. You can learn how to do this fast. Embroidery transforms napkins into beautiful accessories and home decorations.

How Do You Machine Embroider Napkins?

To embroider napkins easily, you need to select napkins in easy-to embroider fabrics. Silk or cotton napkins produce perfect embroidery results. Choose the location of the napkin you want to embroider, set up the stabilizer and hoop the napkin. Load it to the embroidery machine, press the start button to embroider your chosen design onto the napkin.

Step-by-step Guide On How To Machine Embroider Napkins

Step 1. Prepare for embroidery by assembling everything you need to embroider napkins. You will need a set of napkins which you can buy or choose to sew yourself. You need a set of embroidery threads you will need, a tear-away stabilizer, and an embroidery hoop.

step by step guide on how to machine embroider napkins

You will also need to wash, dry, and iron your napkins to make them easier to work with. Washing the napkin before embroidery also helps to make sure that it doesn’t shrink after you have already embroidered it.

Step 2. Choose a spot on your napkin that you will place your embroidery on. You can embroider a napkin in the center, in the lower center, or at the bottom of either corner. To properly embroider on the corner of the napkin, you need to have identified properly the center of the napkin. This ensures that you symmetrically place the embroidery design on the napkin.

Step 3. Hoop your tear-away stabilizer. Score and peel off the top paper of the stabilizer. Using a light pen, mark the center of the stabilizer. This will help you to properly center the napkin so that your embroidery design will appear in your selected location.

When choosing a hoop to use for your napkin embroidery, make sure to use the smallest hoop that will fit your desired point of embroidery on the napkin. This ensures that the napkin is tightly held onto the hoop. Making the embroidery clearer as its stitches hold the fabric better.

Step 4. Print out a template of your preferred embroidery design from your embroidery design software. When you print, make sure that the design has center marks and has the hoop also printed on it.

step by step guide on how to machine embroider napkins

Hooping aid is essential especially if you are embroidering on a set of napkins. It ensures that you have the same hooping placement on all the napkins in the set. Proper hooping ensures that you get the evenest tension while embroidering.

Step 5. Bring your printed embroidery design template to your working table. Bring your napkin onto your working table and open it. At the selected corner of your napkin where you want to embroider, place your embroidery template. Mark the center of the design template with a pen or make a hole with an awl.

Also, mark the ends of the embroidery design so that you know how much of your napkin you need on your hoop as you start embroidering.

To get your embroidery design on the desired corner of your napkin, you can rotate your design from your software at 45 degrees. Print out the new design, and lay it on the preferred corner of your napkin, mark the center and the corners on which the napkin needs to be hooped.

Step 6. Now, it is very rare that your napkin will fit on your hoop. Besides, you have already selected a position on your napkin on which you will embroider. Hoop the part of the napkin that you intend to have the embroidery on. Make sure that your center mark and corner marks of your intended embroidery design location are properly hooped and lying on the stabilizer correctly.

Step 7. Bring your hooped napkin to the embroidery machine. Align it so that the position that should be the center of your embroidery design is properly placed on the embroidery machine. If you don’t align your napkin the embroidery design will start at the wrong place.

Step 8. Load your design onto the embroidery machine. If you have an advanced embroidery machine you can set it to start stitching at your desired point. If it doesn’t have these settings, align your napkin so that the starting point of your embroidery is directly at the embroidery machine needle.

step by step guide on how to machine embroider napkins

Also, make sure that your hoop can easily fit onto the embroidery machine. As the embroidery moves from corner to corner on your location, you may have to move the loop manually out of the machine’s needle to avoid sewing on the hoop. This will depend on the type of machine you are using.

Make sure to remove the template of your embroidery design from the napkin before you start embroidering. You don’t want to embroider on both your napkin and your embroidery template.

Step 9. Press the start button on your embroidery machine. Let the embroidery machine complete the embroidery design onto your napkin. Once this is done, cut the final thread and bring your hoop off the embroidery machine.

Step 10. Confirm that your embroidery has been stitched as you had visualized. Turn the hoop around and tear off the stabilizer. Then unhoop your napkin and set it on the table to confirm that the embroidery design is visible. Finish off embroidering the rest of the napkins in your set.

Can You Embroider On A Regular Sewing Machine

can you embroider on a regular sewing machine

When it comes to machine embroidery, the only thing that many will think of first is the embroidering machine. Thus, you will use your ordinary sewing machine for example to make napkins then take the napkins to an embroidery machine for embroidering.

However, this doesn’t have to be the case. You can use your ordinary sewing machine for embroidery purposes.

To embroider on a regular sewing machine is easy. You will need embroidery threads and needles or just normal threads. You will need your embroidery design, a stabilizer that is suitable for the type of fabric that you are embroidering, and your fabric or project.

To start your embroidery process, trace your design onto the fabric or project. Fix your stabilizer onto the fabric at the point you have made your embroidery design and you are ready. Now, bring your project to your sewing machine and sew along the lines of the traced design. When you finish your embroidery project, remove it from the sewing machine and remove the stabilizer.

Confirm that your embroidery is as you wanted it to look.

confirm that your embroidery is as you wanted it to look

In addition to easy embroidery design, depending on your skill level, you can use an ordinary sewing machine to make complicated embroidery designs on projects. You may require a sewing machine foot to do this. It will make your embroidery process easier and faster.

How To Embroider On Linen Fabric

Linen is a popular fabric and is used in diverse sewing and embroidery projects. It is popular for its texture and the quality of clothes that one can produce with it. Linen clothes are recommended as summer wear because the linen fabric is a good absorbent of sweat and helps to cool the body with its cool feel.

To embroider on linen, you need sharp embroidery needles that can get through the fabric easily and leave it without visible holes or tears. You will need to use a cutaway stabilizer when embroidering on fabric.

On the embroidery machine or when embroidering by hand, make sure that your linen fabric is tight and stable. This makes it easier to embroider on without leaving marks on the underside of the fabric.

After you have finished embroidering, wash the fabric. Hand washing linen is the most preferred method. Afterward, iron it to take away any wrinkles and to strengthen the fabric.



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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