Looking for a last minute personalized gift for your man? Want to get your guy to wear embroidered duds? Think fast and subtle. Embroidering on blanks is one the quickest tasks an embroiderer can do. The key to getting your guy to wear embellished clothing is stitching something classy and modern. A plain, black button-down shirt can be elevated to a designer original just by adding a design to a trendy area.
When selecting embroidery designs for men, go for low stitch count designs – etched figures, sketchy motifs, and satin-stitched outlines. Reserve the heavy fill stitch designs for jacket backs, camping and sporting gear and hats. Plan on placing the embroidery over the side seam of the shirt. Print a template of the design from embroidery software and place the template on the garment. This will give you a heads up whether your design is going to work. Keep an eye on the scale – too small and it looks like a postage stamp. Too big and it’ll draw attention away from his masculine frame and great smile. Think of tattoo embroidery as an accent, a complement to his frame.
Iron fusible cut-away polymesh stabilizer to the wrong side of the design area. Hoop the design area. Position the needle over the center of the template or target sticker and stitch the design. Many masculine embroidery designs have few color changes if any, which makes your task easy! Just remember to select thread that separates slightly from the base fabric. Even though you’re going for subtle doesn’t mean the embroidery has to be invisible.
Once complete, remove the shirt from the hoop. Press the wrong side and release the excess stabilizer from the shirt. Trim the stabilizer leaving about ¼” around all motifs.
See how easy it is to create this embroidery. Just click here to see me demonstrate the technique on It’s Sew Easy television show. Season 300 is now up and ready – you’ll enjoy a new show every week.