Transferring embroidery patterns can seem a little tricky at first, until you learn How To Transfer Embroidery Pattern To Fabric and the tricks that make it easy. There are a few methods to choose from, depending on your sewing preferences and what kind of fabric or pattern medium you are working with.
How To Transfer Embroidery Pattern To Fabric
If you’re working with light-weight fabric, you can simply trace the images onto your desired material using a light source such as a light box or window. When tracing around very intricate or small details, use a chalk pencil or water-soluble transfer pen. In a pinch, a sharpened standard No. 2 pencil will also work.
We use lots of design patterns and templates when we’re making our clothes (and other things). In order to see the design clear enough to complete a project, you can hang a piece of paper onto the window. If you don’t have any spare paper, grab a little fabric off the side and make a curtain for yourself!
Just hold your pattern up to the glass, tape it on nicely, so you can see through it clearly; securing your pencil marks with some fabric sticky tape would help too. To brighten up even more, throw in some spoons or forks as decoration – what could be better? 🙂
Iron On Transfer Paper
The next method involves using a lightbox and an iron. This is great because you can make your own stencils from almost any kind of paper or fabric! Using transfer paper and a lightbox, you can trace almost anything onto your choice of material for the perfect stencil for your embroidery project.
Just remember that using Transfer paper means that whatever you’re tracing will be backwards on your final stencil! Remember also to choose sturdy pieces of material (thick burlap works really well) so that your final product won’t disintegrate when you’re actually finished stitching.
Water Soluble Pens
Water soluble marker These markers stay visible on the fabric for a long time and don’t easily fade unless washed off. I was concerned when I first started using them that the moisture of my hand would make the marker disappear, but it actually takes a bit of effort to erase the design.
While this mug has a permanent design and no writing to smear or run, the glaze on it is somewhat fragile. If you clean it with crumpled water soaked napkins or paper towels, there is a fair bit of chance that you might wipe off the design – but if you make sure to rinse out any mess with lukewarm running water, there shouldn’t be any problems.
Oh, and one more thing, I’ve found that sometimes the design will reappear (or just not fade) when it dries.
Heat Erasable Pens
If you’re looking for easy ways to directly embroider onto fabrics and other materials and do a bit of free-motion drawing, then I recommend using heat erasable laundry markers instead. I did a detailed review of them . Of course, there’s quite a bit more to keep in mind than that when it comes down to preparing for your project, but hopefully this bit of information will help you regardless!
Water Soluble Embroidery Stabilizer
One of my favorite types of stabilizer to use is this Solvy water-soluble sheet, but I do have to say that the water-soluble sheets are a bit more expensive. One great thing about the Solvy is that it’s extremely lightweight, making it perfect for embroidery designs which have very delicate details.
More so, this product comes in various weights for your personal project needs! The baste-able Solvy will not rip easily and is also quite simple to wash and rinse off under running water.
Printable Embroidery Transfer Paper
Simplifying the way people print out PDF patterns, Print-Stitch-Dissolve allows you to print directly onto specially treated patterns – no more tracing paper or designing on a PC. Because theyre printed on freezersize A4s, they’re easy to manage and cut.
Just stick your pattern into a standard printer/scanner, thentheresofix it to your fabric using fusible stabilizers before stitching away. Then say goodbye to stabilizer residue when you dissolve your pattern in water afterward! This method is great for embroidering on clothing.
How To Transfer Embroidery Patterns onto Dark Fabrics
Transferring embroidery patterns onto dark fabrics can be tricky. What if a blue maker won’t show up on the dark fabric? What if you need to transfer a design onto an opaque background?
White Water Soluble Pencils/Chalk Pencils
Water soluble pencils or chalk pencils are white and show up well on dark fabrics. If you’re able to see through your fabric or just want to draw a design on by hand, these work well. The marks come off easily with water when you’re finished.
Saral White Transfer Paper
This thread transfer method is the easiest one to use for dark colored fabrics. Saral paper is the best option if you’re dealing with fabrics that you can’t see through clearly enough to trace well. It’s simple to use, just follow these steps: