Have you ever looked at embroidered shirts and wanted one of your own? You cannot be blamed for feeling this because embroidered t-shirts, when done correctly, can look very nice. For those of you who have no idea what embroidery is, that doesn’t matter because chances are you have seen embroidered shirts, pants, and fabric everywhere.
Embroidery is by no means a new way of decorating t-shirts since it has been around for hundreds of years. In fact, there was a time in history when embroidery was considered a womanly past time and a woman would be judged based on her works. Back then, if they wanted to embroider something, they had to do it stitch by stitch by hand—you can imagine how time consuming that was. They would embroider pillow cases, blankets, doilies but not t-shirts mainly because they didn’t have them back then.
However, it hasn’t really changed all that much in recent years because embroidered t-shirts would still require needle and thread to make patterns and designs on them. However, there are no special machines that can make the job much faster and more accurate.
Embroidered t-shirts require a bit more care than embroidering say, a blanket or a doily, for the reason that t-shirt materials are usually stretchy. If they are not careful with the process, the stitches can pull at the fabric and cause awkward pulling and wrinkling. This is not at all what you want in a finished product so you have to be very careful.
Now, for those that like embroidery, one thing you ought to keep in mind is that there are basically two kinds: machine embroidery and hand embroidery. Some people are very passionate about this and they feel that hand embroidery yields better results but that is a debate for some other time. However, what you will want to know is that hand embroidered t-shirts or other items will cost a lot more money because they take more time to complete. Machine embroidery, on the other hand, takes much less time to complete which means that it is also cheaper. Most of the time, t-shirts are machine embroidered so they do not cost too much. Usually, the items that get the hand-embroidery treatment include things like shawls, short jackets, dressing gowns, etc.
Embroidering Your Own Shirts
For those who want to try embroidering their own shirts, you are certainly welcome to do so. Just take note that it might take a bit of time and skill so try not to get frustrated. If you already have the materials and tools at home, you can go ahead and choose a pattern to follow but if not, you can always do so with an embroidery kit that has the hoop, needle, etc. For those who do not have the time or skill to embroider but need lots of t-shirts for giveaways or for work, you may always look online for companies that offer deals on shirts with embroidered designs. Do you think embroidering is something you dare to try? Let us know!