As we discussed yesterday, monogramming is back in fashion.
Today I want to share with you my tips for creating perfectly monogrammed handkerchiefs.
The difficulty of working with 100% fine cotton products is that they tend to be quite fine. To deal with this, there are a couple of tricks that you will need to employ to get a perfect result.
Starching your handkerchiefs will assist in keeping the fabric still as you embroider it. For best results, spray a light layer of starch on the handkerchief, press, and repeat up to 3 or 4 times on each side. Don’t over-starch or you will fall into the trap of burning your fabric.
Print out a template of your design so that you can play with placement. I like to place my monogram in the corner of the handkerchief. Once I have decided where the placement should be, I like to press the cross markings into the handkerchief, which will assist with hooping.
Stabiliser & Hooping
I like to use a sticky based wash away stabiliser. This means that I don’t have to hoop the handkerchief, and any excess stabiliser will come away with the first wash. To save a little money with the method, I hoop a piece of tear clean, and cut a hole out around the embroidery area. I then place a “patch” of wet away sticky over the hole where the embroidery will go.
Choose your embroidery thread. For most of my ladies handkerchiefs, I am loving a pale pink and white multi-tonal thread. For men’s monograms I will generally go for a brighter colour, depending on the individual. (Personally I still love tone on tone)
I am a fan of slower is better. I slow my machine down to approximately 700spm and stitch out my monogram.
Remove any of the excess stabiliser, and then gently rinse the handkerchief in cool to warm water (or if you are doing a few, use a lingerie bag in the washing machine).
Iron and fold your handkerchief to display the monogram to its best advantage, and you are ready to gift.
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial, I would love to see your monograming projects as well.
Until next time, have a Stitchin’ Day. Julie.