How To Remove Embroidery With A Razor

There are some clothes that we buy because we like their embroidery designs. After some time, we get bored with the embroidery. Many are not aware that they can remove the embroidery easily. Thus they opt not to wear their once favorite clothes. 

How Do You Remove Embroidery With A Razor?

To remove embroidery with a razor, start by turning your garment inside out. Bring your razor to this exposed back of the embroidery and start peeling off the backing. Rub the razor over the embroidery stitching repeatedly until all the stitches are loose. Turn your garment to the right side and wipe off the embroidery threads easily.

Steps To Remove Embroidery With A Razor

Method 1:

Step 1. Using a razor to remove embroidery is one of the longest embroidery removal methods. Other methods, such as using a mechanical stitch eraser are much faster. To remove embroidery with a razor, you need a disposable single-blade razor without moisturizer.

Step 2. However, using a razor is recommended as it cuts the stitches as close as possible. Making sure that you don’t damage your clothes while removing the embroidery. 

Step 3. To start removing embroidery from your garment, whether it’s a T-shirt or a jacket, you will need to turn it inside out. This brings you face to face with the location of the embroidery stitching. 

Step 4. Many garments with embroidery will have a backing. Often, this backing is an easy to peel off embroidery stabilizer. Make a small cut on the backing with your razor blade and then just peel it off with your hands.

Step 5. Once the backing is peeled off, you can see the bobbin stitches made to hold the embroidery on your garment. These are the stitches made by the embroidery sewing machine to hold the embroidery on. 

Step 6. Bring your razor to the stitch of the part of the embroidery design that is closest to you. Rub the razor gently on the stitches until they come off. Make sure that your razor is sharp to make your work easier. 

Step 7. Repeat this process for the whole embroidery design until all you have on the side of the garment you are looking at are cut-off stitches. 

Step 8. Now, turn your garment to the right side. If you do it gently, you will find that your embroidery design looks like it is still in place. You can now use your hand to remove the design.

Start wiping off the embroidery threads that are on this side of the garment. Pick the threads by hand from your clothes and throw them into the bin. If there are any of the embroidery threads that are not loose yet, turn the garment inside out and cut off the threads holding it on.

This then allows you to pick off all the embroidery threads that are sitting on your clothes that you want to remove. 

Step 9. When you have cleared the embroidery design from your garment, you may find that there are still some loose threads that are difficult to remove by hand. To remove these, you will need a lint roller. Roll it over these threads and it will help you to have your garment looking as clean as possible. 

Since you used a razor to cut off the embroidery, you will not have holes that need to be sewn or appliqued on your clothes. Thus, your jacket or T-shirt is now ready to wear without embroidery. 

Method 2. Using A Stitch Eraser

Step 1. A stitch eraser is a mechanical razor that every embroiderer, professional or amateur must-have. It is the fastest and the best method to use when you want to erase a mistake that you have made while embroidering. 

It does not harm your fabric, and only cuts of the stitches as cleanly as they were made. Allowing you to start over again without the signs of your previous error.

To remove embroidery with a stitch eraser, make sure that you target the stitches that are holding the embroidery onto the fabric or garment. So, you will need to turn your garment inside out. 

Step 2. Next, you need to stretch it out or hold it taut. You can use a hoop or make sure that you are working on a flat surface that you can place the garment you are working on. You can pull your garment tight and then hold it in place with pins or needles. This allows you to free your hands for the best results. 

Step 3. Switch on your stitch eraser and bring it to the stitches holding the embroidery onto the garment. The stitch eraser with its sharp teeth and its mechanical working gets onto stitches and cuts them off easily without any damage to the fabric of the garment. It cuts off only the threads that make the stitches.

This ensures that if you want, you can make another embroidery design on the same point of the garment immediately. Hence, it is a handy tool for embroiderers to have. 

Step 4. Run the stitch eraser on the whole backside of the embroidery on your garment. Unlike when using a razor, with a stitch eraser, you can see if there are any stitches left behind. It works quickly and neatly. 

When you have finished cutting the stitches of the embroidery design, turn the garment back to the right side out. 

Step 5. Now, pick off the threads of your embroidery design from your garment. Sometimes, you will find that the threads don’t come off as easily. You will, therefore, need to have tweezers, scissors, or a seam ripper close by as you remove embroidery. Use these to cut out the threads that are tightly holding on to the garment. Make sure not to tear your clothes.

Step 6. Wipe off any remaining threads on the location where your embroidery design stood. You have successfully removed the embroidery with a stitch eraser. You can bring in new embroidery if you like or just wear your garment as a new one. 

When using the stitch eraser to remove embroidery from your garment, be gentle. It is sharp enough to get to the stitches without having to exert too much pressure on it. Too much pressure may also cause it to get to the fabric and make holes in it. 

How Much Does It Cost To Remove Embroidery

Removing embroidery from a garment or fabric is not the same as removing stitches when you sew. It is a time-consuming process. If you take your clothes to an embroiderer to remove embroidery from your clothes, they will charge you for their time and expertise. 

How much you will be charged depends on the embroiderer’s rates and tools. If the embroider has the right tools, it may take them a shorter time than another embroiderer who doesn’t have the best tools for embroidery removal.

How much embroiderers charge is also determined by how much money they need to run their business. Embroiderers with assistants and rent to pay will charge you more than those who don’t.

How much it costs to remove embroidery depends on the embroiderer that you choose to do it for you.

How To Remove Monogramming From A Garment?

In addition to embroidery, you can also remove monogramming from a garment, bag, or any other monogrammed fabric. To remove a monogram, you need a seam ripper and a lot of time. 

To start, like with embroidery removal, you will need to turn your article with the monogram inside out. This will help you to remove the foundation and stitches of the monogram easily and quickly.

Using a seam ripper, cut off all the stitches holding the monogram onto the garment. It will need a lot of time to remove it completely. Removing a monogram often leaves holes in the fabric. You can iron the holes shut to have your garment neat and ready to wear. 



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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