Jump stitches are an annoying part of sewing with embroidery machines like the Janome MC14000. Those little connector threads are unsightly and increase the amount of trimming that must be done once the embroidery design is complete. So how can they be eliminated?
With a good understanding of what jump stitches are and why they happen, anyone working on Janome Embroidery Machines can reduce their appearance and create cleaner digitized embroidery artwork.
What Are Jump Stitches?
Jump stitches are the trailing, extra threads that sometimes appear during machine embroidery. They commonly occur when the needle must move from one design component to another, leaving a line of thread behind that must later be hand clipped away. While it is impossible to avoid all jump stitches, having too many makes the process of machine embroidery much more labor-intensive. They must be trimmed by hand, which eliminates much of the fun of machine embroidery.
Jump stitches can be reduced or eliminated by understanding why they happen, then planning accordingly.
What Causes Jump Stitches?
Connecting jump stitches are generally caused by poorly designed digital artwork that is created for embroidery machines. For a machine to sew the cleanest looking results, the digitized art must be designed to reduce the need for moving the needle across the design, dragging the thread along with it. All embroidery art contains some jump stitches; however, the focus in creating well-digitized art is in reducing how far the needle must travel between design components.
Important Ways to Reduce Jump Stitches
There are a number of ways that users of Janome embroidery machines can reduce jump stitches in their designs, which in turn reduces the amount of time spent trimming those extra and unsightly threads:
- Use Digitized Designs from Reputable Sources - There are many digital files that can be downloaded at no cost; however, not all of them will be well designed. One of the main issues with much of the free embroidery art available for download is poor digitization and a lack of proper technique for reducing the number of traveling threads left behind.
- Hide Jump Stitches - Jump stitches occur when the needle moves directly from one area of the embroidery design to another to start sewing again. In many cases, this can be avoided by moving the path of the traveling stitch, turning it into multiple shorter ones that can be later covered over by main threads.
- Avoid Art More Likely to Create Jumps - Besides the issue of poorly created digitized art, some designs like those that primarily consist of outlines and running stitches will produce more jump stitches. Worst of all, it is impossible to hide the jumps with these kind of designs. Art that uses many colors also creates more jumps.
- Learn How to Edit Digital Designs - Another option to reduce jump stitches is to become well versed with digitizing software and then learn various techniques for improving the digital artwork.
As an unavoidable factor in machine embroidery, jump stitches do not have to ruin the design or cause hours of extra trimming work. When sewing on Janome embroidery machines like the Janome MC14000, embroiderers can analyze the type and quality of their artwork, then take steps to reduce jumps. A little extra time spent preparing digitized art will help those who use embroidery machines achieve the best results, with the least amount of trimming and clipping required afterward!