Ribbons are beautiful pieces of clothing and decoration. They can be embellished through embroidery as many people do. A monogram on a ribbon makes it stand out.
The ribbon fabric is quite light and slippery. As such many people have a problem working with it for embroidery.
However, expert embroiderers can use ribbon as thread and can also embroider on it quite easily whether by hand or machine.
How Can You Monogram On Ribbon With an Embroidery Machine?
To embroider a monogram on a ribbon you will need a hoop, a stabilizer, and your embroidery design. Hoop your stabilizer, make a basting stitch with your embroidery machine on the stabilizer.
Place your ribbon in the basted area. You can use adhesive to stabilize the ribbon. Load your hoop onto the embroidery machine and press start.
Depending on the size and complexity of your monogram design, you will be done in a few minutes.
Step-by-step Guide For Monogramming On Ribbon With Embroidery Machine
Step 1. Assemble everything you will need to make the embroidery process possible. First, wash and dry your ribbon.
This ensures that it is stiff enough to work on and prevents shrinking after you have already embroidered a monogram on it.
You will need a hoop, cut-away stabilizer, temporary adhesive to hold the ribbon firmly on the stabilizer, and your embroidery design.
Step 2. Hoop a large piece of your cut-away stabilizer. Make sure that your stabilizer is considerably larger than the hoop.
This ensures that the fabric you are embroidering is held in place tightly and offers or has the required tension required for embroidery.
A cut-away stabilizer is heavier and will allow your embroidery stitches to properly hold onto the ribbon fabric.
Step 3. Load your hoop to the embroidery machine and create a basting stitch. If you have an advanced embroidery machine, it does this for you automatically depending on the size of your monogram and where you want to place it on your ribbon.
If your embroidery machine doesn’t have this capability, you can draw lines on your stabilizer to help you with the ribbon placement.
Draw two lines that go across the stabilizer. Make sure that the space between them is equal to the size of the ribbon that you will be embroidering.
Step 4. Pull your hoop off the machine once this is done. Place your ribbon on the basting stitch you made to ensure that it is a perfect fit. Once this is confirmed, apply a temporary adhesive onto your ribbon and fix it on the stabilizer.
Besides temporary spray adhesive, you can fix an easy-to-tear-away tape on the stabilizer that can hold onto the stabilizer and the ribbon at the same time.
Adhesive ensures that your slippery ribbon holds onto the stabilizer firmly to allow for perfect embroidery as the ribbon doesn’t move around when being embroidered on.
Step 5. Mark a point on the ribbon where the monogram embroidery design will start. This helps you to align your ribbon to the needle on the embroidery machine.
Some machines will do this automatically, while in others you will have to do it manually. Use a temporary marker to mark on your ribbon. This ensures that you don’t leave a visible mark permanently on your ribbon.
Step 6. Load your hooped and firmly fixed ribbon onto your embroidery machine. Make sure to align the center mark you made to the needle of the embroidery machine.
This ensures that your monogram embroidery starts at this point of the ribbon. It also ensures that it is properly aligned on the ribbon to provide symmetry on the embroidered design.
If you have a long word to be embroidered on the ribbon, marking a center starting point makes the pattern properly aligned on the ribbon.
If your monogram is only a single letter, making sure it is embroidered in the middle of the ribbon or the selected point on the ribbon makes the design symmetrically aligned and appealing to the eye.
Step 7. Now, load your embroidery design onto the embroidery machine. You can design your monogram with designing software or buy one from many embroidery design provider websites. You can choose from a range of colors the monogram design that you want.
Also, depending on the color of the monogram that you choose, you need to consider the color of the ribbon you are embroidering on.
To get the best results, the color of your monogram and that of your ribbon need to contrast. This enhances the visibility of the monogram on the ribbon.
A light-colored ribbon will be suitable for a dark-colored monogram.
You will also need to consider the size of your monogram design so that it fits perfectly onto the ribbon. You can embroider along the length or width of the ribbon if your embroidery design will fit.
Step 8. With your hooped ribbon aligned to the needle of the embroidery machine, and the size of your embroidery design considered, now, press the start button on your embroidery machine.
Allow it time to complete the embroidery. Then, cut the final thread and pull the hooped ribbon from the embroidery machine.
Step 9. Unhoop your stabilizer and embroidered ribbon. Cut off the excess stabilizer as carefully as possible so that you don’t spoil the embroidery on your ribbon.
Also, remove the ribbon from the basting where you had fixed it with temporary adhesive. You now have your monogrammed machine embroidered ribbon. You can use it to label your belongings or as decoration or embellished hair bow.
What Kind Of Ribbon Can You Embroider On?
There are two types of ribbons available that you can use for your embroidery purposes. A satin ribbon and a grosgrain ribbon.
Satin ribbon is often used for crafts. It has two textures with one side being glossy while the other side is matte. Satin ribbons are smoother and the softest of the two types of ribbons.
To work on a satin ribbon is a bit difficult. This is due to its smooth texture. Thus you need to have the right stabilizer to embroider on it. You also need to secure it firmly onto the stabilizer to ensure that it doesn’t move around while working on it.
Grosgrain ribbon on the other hand is a type of ribbon that is a much heavier ribbon fabric compared to the satin ribbon. It is still a smooth fabric but is less smooth compared to the satin ribbon.
The grosgrain ribbon is also wider and easier to work with compared to the satin ribbon. Grosgrain ribbons are available in different colors. They are often used for gift wrapping, to make belts and ties, and hair bows.
Either of these two types of ribbons can be used for embroidery. The best thing to do to make it easier to work with ribbons is to ensure that they are well secured.
A temporary adhesive is a must-have while embroidering on ribbons. It ensures that you can hold your ribbon firmly on the stabilizer as the embroidery machine works on it.
Stability while embroidering ribbon ensures that it doesn’t pucker. Leading to a beautiful final appearance.
What Is Ribbon Embroidery?
Ribbons are multipurpose fabric. You can use them in different crafts and on clothes sewing projects. One of the most unique ways you can use ribbons in sewing projects is as an embroidery thread.
This means that, rather than use embroidery thread for embroidery, you can cut strands of ribbon to use as thread. This technique of ribbon embroidery has been used for hundreds of years.
Using ribbon as embroidery thread results in elegant embroidery designs. They can be sewn on different types of clothes from everyday clothes to embellishing pillowcases and other types of sewing projects.