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Trimming jump stitches in machine embroidery: why it's important


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As a machine embroidery enthusiast, you know how important it is to have a clean and polished design. But did you know that trimming jump stitches can make a big difference in the final product? If you're not trimming your jump stitches as you go, you might be missing out on a simple technique that can take your embroidery to the next level.

Why Trim Jump Stitches?

Jump stitches occur when your embroidery machine needs to move from one area to another without stitching. In some designs, jump stitches can be minimal, but in others, they can be numerous and long. These stitches can cause overlapping threads that result in a messy and unprofessional finish. But by trimming your jump stitches as you go, you can prevent this from happening.

Trimming as You Go

Trimming your jump stitches as you go is the easiest and most effective way to keep your embroidery looking neat and clean. By trimming each jump stitch immediately after it's made, you prevent overlapping threads that can cause a tangled mess. Here's how to do it:

  • After a jump, let your machine make a few stitches in the new position.
  • Stop the machine and trim the thread.
  • Start the machine again, and continue with your design.
  • By following these simple steps, you'll be able to keep your embroidery looking polished and professional.
  • Trimming the Back Between Colors

While trimming jump stitches on the front is essential, don't forget to trim the back, too. Every time a jump stitch occurs on the front, the bobbin thread also jumps. Trimming the back as you go is an easy way to prevent any snags, bumps, or lumps from showing through to the front of your design. Here's how to do it:

  • After each color change, remove the hoop from the machine.
  • Turn the hoop over and trim any jump stitches on the back.
  • Put the hoop back on the machine and continue with your design.

By keeping both the front and back of your design clean and polished, you'll be able to create embroidery that looks professional and high-quality.

Final Thoughts

In summary, trimming jump stitches is an essential technique that can take your embroidery to the next level. By trimming your jump stitches as you go, you'll prevent overlapping threads, keep your design looking clean, and avoid any snags or bumps from showing through. And by taking the time to trim the back of your design, too, you'll ensure that your embroidery looks polished and professional from all angles.

So next time you sit down to embroider, remember to trim your jump stitches as you go. Your finished product will thank you!

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