Adding volume to the embroidery. Method number 1 – Roebert

Adding volume to the embroidery. Method number 1

Today I will talk about the method of adding volume with the help of several layers of frames, which is considered one of the oldest in machine embroidery.

This method is good because it requires less precision and dexterity when embroidery digitizing services the design and does not require any additional consumables other than threads. But at the same time, it is laborious and therefore takes much more time. But all this is worth it, as the embroidery is cleaner, softer and more wearable. And it does not require any additional manipulations after the end of the process.

It is very easy to digitize a design to achieve this effect in an embroidery editor of any level. Only satins are used for digitizing:

  • Draw the main (outer) contour. The recommended outline width is at least 6mm.

2. Inside it, as in a nesting doll, inserts at least 1-2 contours inward from the main contour. The indent is necessary in order not to perforate the fabric around the perimeter of the contour. We get such a picture.

3. We fill each of the layers with 3 layers of stitches.

Bottom 2 frame layers of double zigzag type with direction of stitches perpendicular to each other with very long stitch length. This must be done manually or automatically, if the software allows. Then we set the outer finishing satin with a normal density with the direction of the stitches perpendicular to the contour and the frame stitch along the edge (edge ​​run). You should get something like this image in each layer:

The final appearance of all layers together will look like this, except that all paths will be the same color:

That’s the whole process of digitizing to achieve a volumetric effect.

In a design with such a large number of layers, there are a lot of stitches, which significantly increases the embroidery time. But the embroidery process itself is simple: set and embroider.

There are several guidelines for this technique:

  • The density of the stitches of the inner layers is chosen depending on what height they want to achieve.
  • On thin fabrics, it is desirable to minimize the number of layers.
  • For threads with a thickness of 40, to achieve a volumetric effect, it is necessary to use not 6-9 layers of stitches (matryoshka from 2-3 contours, each of which consists of 3 layers).
  • For metallic threads, the bottom layers do not need to be sewn with the same thread as on the front side of the online embroidery digitizing. You can replace them with another thread that matches the color.
  • For the inner layers, you can use a thicker thread (# 30, 25, etc.). This will give you an additional opportunity to save on stitches.
  • Loosen the upper thread tension.
  • It is necessary to reduce the speed of the machine For illustrative examples of embroidery using this technique, see the post on embroidering a gift bag and in the post about experiments with a cord.


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