If you’re familiar with hand embroidery and how beautiful it can look on clothing and accessories, you might also be interested in trying machine embroidery.

Embroidering with a machine like the Janome Memory Craft 14000 allows you to add beautiful and unique embellishments to many different items and do it more quickly than if you did it all by hand.

If you know the basics of hand embroidery, you just need to learn a few things about using the machine to create amazing things either singly or in duplicate on countless items in mere minutes!

Similarities Between Hand and Machine Embroidery

Generally speaking, embroidery done by hand or with a quality Janome embroidery machine gets you the same results of gorgeous thread designs you can use to embellish clothing, bags, home decor, hats, and countless other items in just the right way.

The design is filled by various thread stitches to create different looks.

Each takes some practice to learn, whether you’re learning different hand stitches or how to program the machine; the larger and more detailed the design, the more stitches it requires to be properly filled in.

Differences Between Hand and Machine Embroidery

There are a number of differences between hand and machine embroidery to be aware of as well, the biggest difference being a need to learn how to use the design creation and editing software that comes built into your machine before you can do anything.

Digital art must be digitized or broken down into stitches before the machine can stitch it out for you.

The other differences are fairly minor, but there are a few:

  • Embroidery Thread - The threads used are a bit thicker than what you’ve probably used for hand embroidery and most is made of synthetic fibers rather than cotton and other natural fibers as it is shinier and more durable for wearing and washing machine use.
  • Stabilizers - Fabric will still be hooped the same as any hand-stitched design; however, this time you’ll use any of a variety of stabilizers to keep the fabric from stretching or becoming damaged by the needle punching in and out at high speed.
  • Monogramming - Crisp, clean monograms can be stitched using built-in digital fonts.
  • Replication - It is possible to produce precise designs that you can replicate as many times as you want.

Getting Started With An Embroidery Machine

When you’re finally ready to start using an embroidery machine, the thing that will probably take you the longest to learn is how to choose, edit, and design the art so it can be stitched as embroidery.

Machines like the Janome Memory Craft 14000 come loaded with hundreds of patterns to use right away; however, with practice you can learn to edit those or make your own ;to create truly unique designs.

To get used to the differences and learn the new skills of machine embroidery, it’s best to start with smaller, easier designs and follow the instructions that come with your machine.

Once you’ve got the hang of hooping for the machine and creating designs that look good, move on to more advanced work that might require changing the thread color more often or editing the stitch pattern in the embroidery software.

Slow and Steady to Transition from Needle to Machine

Moving from hand embroidery to stitching done with a machine may seem intimidating and yet it’s probably easier than you think.

If you’ve got any experience at all with even a regular sewing machine, a Janome sewing and embroidery combo machine is the perfect model to start with and before you know it, you’ll be stitching up beautiful embroidery projects of all kinds right before your eyes!