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Multi-Needle Monday! Roulette Table Cover!

Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog

If you are using your multi-needle embroidery machine for a hobby or as a business, I’m sure you have some interesting and unique requests. Through my ten years as a commercial embroidery business owner I have had my share—believe me!

Recently one of the interior decorators that I embroider for asked me to meet their client who had remodeled his living room into a small casino room. The man was widowed and decided to change his formal living room (which he never sat in during his 25 years in the home) into a real casino room; complete with a regulation size roulette table!

The roulette table has an unusual shape and the table cover was customized to fit in one direction. One end of the table is narrower than the opposite end; therefore after playing and replacing the table cover (which is 15 feet long) it was difficult to know which end would fit properly. The client suggested I embroider a monogram on the one end of the cover and then he could easily tell how to replace it on the table.  Easy enough!

Yikes….the table cost thousands of dollars and the custom cover was hundreds as well. The fabric was a medium weight vinyl and he wanted a six inch tall monogram in gold metallic thread. We decided on the font (Old English) and placement which I carefully marked with masking tape while still on the roulette table. I also took photographs with my phone so I could easily envision the layout when I returned to my workroom.

Steps to success:

  1. I used PAL2 to precisely plan the embroidery layout. In my workroom, I placed the cover on the floor and attached the PAL2 to a small table at one end. I used masking tape (not painters tape because it would not stick to the vinyl) I did not want to use pins or chalk. I measured the distance from the edge seam; which we decided while on location and checked for accuracy.
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  2. The best hoop for this heavy fabric was the 8”x 8” Snap Hoop Monster. I was concerned about marks from the frame so I placed foam wrap on the bottom of the frame on top of the magnets.Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog Eileen's Machine Embroidery BlogI used medium weight cut away stabilizer.   I attached the hoop to the machine and placed the bulk of the table cover on a chair to ease the movement of the hoop.
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  1. The metallic thread was placed on my counter, not on the spool rack, in a small mesh container I use for other notions. I have read many different tricks to working with metallic thread but this trick works for me 99% of the time. (Wish I had those odds when playing on a roulette table!)Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog
  2. I slowed the speed of the embroidery machine down to 700rpm and embroidered the monogram without a hitch!Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog

As a business owner, it is not wise to play “embroidery roulette” on such custom items because of the risks involved.  This is no time to “learn” or “experiment” on the job – the costs are very high.  I try to steer clear of embroidering on items that I do not supply but I was confident that I had the most amazing tools, embroidery technology and experience.  When you’re in a similar situation consider your experience and the risks involved.

My client was thrilled when we placed the cover on the table and he now enjoys taking the cover off and replacing.





  • Katie Harper

    The design looks beautiful. But the picture shows puckers around it. My biggest challenge is getting a flat result, no puckers. Is that possible on this type of fabric?

  • Marie Zinno

    There were no puckers. It was hard to photograph on the floor. If you look at the finished photo on the table you will notice it lays flat. Use a cut away stabilizer for extra stabity.

  • Lee

    I think it turned out great. Bravo for taking on the piece.

  • mariaelena

    It looks great. Am sooo scare of doing embroidery for others than myself.

  • Judy Brennan

    Beautiful job! Well done.

  • Royce Zook

    I can’t imagine where you found the space under pantograph to house the excess cover without scaring the vinyl or binding the machine. I would have had to run a trial on a similar size of fabric just to ease my mind. Great job!

    • marie zinno

      I have a multi-needle machine and yes it was bulky…I used the table and did not walk away from the machine!

  • Vicky

    Had you embroidered on vinyl before or did you do a test stitch on similar fabric?

    • marie zinno

      I always test my design on fabric as similar to the end use as possible. Test and retest!

  • Karin C

    Turned out great! I am also hesitant to work on one-of-a-kind items, or those that I know to be expensive. Test-sews are definitely a must in such cases!

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