Embroidery has been compared to painting with thread, an art form that can create stunning results even when done on Janome embroidery machines. Unfortunately, sometimes things may not turn out as planned and some embroidery may not turn out to look the way it should. What went wrong?

There are actually quite a few things that could cause a design to turn out poorly. One of the best ways to avoid problems and ensure that designs are ready for the final stitching on embroidery machines like the Janome MC14000 is to test beforehand.

Problems with Digitized Art

Great digitized embroidery art is easy to work with and produces the best results with embroidery machines like the Janome MC14000. Yet when art has not been properly digitized, the design could end up looking much differently than was planned. In some instances when this happens, it may be possible to snip the design out and start again. Unfortunately, there is also a huge possibility of ruining the garment, especially when using fine fabric or when many needle holes are left behind.

This is the reason why it is so important to try out a digital design on a test swatch before stitching it onto the actual project. When a person performs a test of their design first, they can see how the design transpires in thread and how the fabric reacts. That way, if there are digitizing issues that should be corrected before the final stitching, it can be accomplished.

Problems with the Fabric or Thread

Sometimes even professionally prepared digitized art does not produce the expected results due to fabric or thread compatibility issues. Trying the design out with a scrap of the same fabric and using the same threads that will be used on the final piece can reveal concerns such as thread breakage, puckering due to fabric quality or consistency, and even thread quality or tension problems.

These are common concerns that can occur and have the potential to affect the entire project if not caught early and corrected ahead of time. It is much easier to change thread, stabilizers, machine tension, and make other corrections early in the test phase and not begin sewing on the actual piece until these concerns have been resolved.

Hooping and Other Machine Problems

In addition to digitizing issues and problems with thread and fabric, hooping and stitching concerns are also quite common, especially for those who are just learning how to use Janome embroidery machines. Every project has the ability to turn out differently on the machine, so there is never any harm in performing a test before stitching the final design.

Whether an issue with the hoop is discovered, or the fabric needs to be basted to the hoop or needs more stabilizer, determining this during a test offers the chance to find the best solution to the problem.

It is also important to stay with the working embroidery machine to see how the stitches are being made. If birdnesting, large holes, or other stitching problems occur, stop sewing and work the issue out by using test swatches to avoid damaging the actual garment itself.

Why You Should Always Test First

Even though some experienced machine stitchers may skip testing their designs first, there are many reasons why checking the design on a test swatch is both preferable and recommended. At the very least, checking the pattern to be created using embroidery machines like the Janome MC14000 gives users an opportunity to see if the art they have chosen is well digitized and if not, allowing them time to make corrections.

By first testing an embroidery design, the chance of damaging a garment when other unexpected problems arise is also reduced. The bit of extra time spent trying things out will greatly reduce waste and frustration when sewing with Janome embroidery machines!

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