Embroidery Glossary

Embroidery Glossary

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Presser foot:
Metal device that touches the goods being embroidered while the needle is in the goods. The main function of the presser foot is to hold the material being embroidered until the hook point catches the thread loop formed by the needle rise.
Puckering:
Result of the fabric being gathered by the stitches due to its tension being less than that of the stitches. Many possible causes include incorrect density, loose hooping, lack of backing, incorrect tension or dull needle.
Puff Embroidery:
A technique popular in the early ’90s, and seems to be gaining popularity again. A special thick backing is placed in the hoop under the substrate, usually a sweatshirt. The design itself consists of light fill and blank spaces. The technique works great for names, with light fill separating letters that are negative. In the embroidery process, the blank spaces puff up and the area between them is flattened by the fill stitches.
Pull Compensation:
A degree of distortion built into a design by the digitizer to compensate for pull on the fabric caused by the embroidery stitches and to adjust for differences in stitch or line width driven by fabric differences.
Registration:
Correct registration is achieved when all stitches and design elements line up correctly. The ability to line up details and parts of the design correctly with each other.
Reverse Appliqué:
A process in which the fabric is placed on the underside of the garment, and the garment is cut along the tack-down stitch so that the material shows through. Not nearly as easy as regular appliqué, the process, however, shouldn’t be discounted. The dimension that the technique provides is quite different from regular appliqué, and when your customer wants a unique look, this might be something to consider.
Running Stitch:
Consists of one stitch between Point A and Point B. Used for outlining and fine details, outlines, and underlay, especially when details are too small to accommodate a satin stitch. Also known as a walk stitch.