Embroidery lets you decorate a fabric in different ways. You can embroider your clothes, hats, and beddings as a form of embellishments. You can do embroidery either by hand or by a machine.
But even if you have a design and a pattern, you sometimes make mistakes. Other times you only want to remove the old embroidery and replace it with a new one. So, how do you do this?
You can remove and redo embroidery works. But the removal process for hand embroidery works differs from that of the machine. Each must go specific steps to ensure that the fabric remains in perfect shape.
The common way to remove embroidery works is through a seam ripper. This tool looks like a little screwdriver with a forked metal head. This forked head goes under the stitches of your embroidery and cuts them nice and clean.
When you are into embroidery and sewing, it is necessary to have a seam ripper in your kit. At least, it comes in handy when the need arises.
The next thing you need to remove embroidery works is a pair of tweezers. These metal pinchers are useful for picking out stray fibers and threads. Once you cut the stitches using the seam ripper, use tweezers to take out the cut and stray threads.
The third important tool you need is the lint brush. Once you have removed the cut threads there remains thread fibers that stick to the fabric. The lint brush helps take out these remnants and clean the spot where you took out the embroidery.
Last, but not the least, is the magnifying glass. This helps you see tiny stitches that are difficult to see with your bare eyes. The magnifying glass allows you to see the stitches you are cutting and pulling.
This works wonders for tiny and complex embroidery designs. It ensures that you are grabbing and removing the right stitches or threads.
So, do not fret next time you make mistakes with your embroidery projects. You can remove them with ease using these simple tools.
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Can Embroidery Be Removed And Redone?
Early on, you have learned that you can remove and redo embroidery works. It is possible to recreate your embroidery and correct mistakes. You only need to be careful not to damage the fabric. For this reason, you need to use appropriate tools for the process.
Check on the following steps on how you can remove embroidery works. These steps are easy and straightforward. You can use these guidelines for future references.
How Do You Remove Embroidery From A Shirt?
Removing embroidery works on a shirt can be a bit challenging. This is because the shirt has a soft and stretchy fabric. Akin to any embroidery works, you must observe proper handling of the garment.
To start, you will need the following materials:
- Seam ripper
- Pair of tweezers
- Magnifying glass
- Lint brush or lint roller
- Stitch eraser
- Duct tape
Once you have all the tools. You can begin the embroidery removal process. Before you do, you have to analyze the kind of embroidery the shirt has. Is it handmade or machine-made embroidery?
Each has its specific steps to follow so as not to damage the fabric and keep the spot clean. Let us separate the removal steps for each kind of embroidery work.
- Removal Process for Hand Embroidery
- Pull the shirt inside out. You need to cut the stitches from its opposite side.
- Hold the shirt near you and place the embroidered part on the palm of your inactive hand. Ensure that you have a good view of the stitches that you want to remove.
- Get the magnifying glass and look at the specific stitches that you want to remove. Then, hold the seam ripper and put its forked head under the stitches.
- Cut at least 5 to 6 stitches at a time. Remove the cut threads using the tweezers. Pull the loose threads and feel if there is a resistance. If so, stop pulling. It means that you did not cut throughout the thread.
- If there is a resistance, get the magnifying glass and check which part needs more trimming. Do not be in a hurry as you may damage the shirt.
- Make sure that every after the cut you check your progress using the magnifying glass. This will ensure that you are grabbing and cutting the right stitches.
- Continue the process until you have removed the entire embroidery. that you want to remove.
Once you have completed the cutting and pulling of threads, get the lint brush or roller. Use this lint brush to wipe out any thread fiber remnants. And you’re done!
- Removal Process for Machine Embroidery
The process is akin to the removal process of hand embroidery. You will need the same tools and careful handling. Let’s get started.
- Pull the shirt inside out. Place the embroidered part on the palm of your inactive hand. Use a magnifying glass to look at the stitches and determine the exact stitches you need to cut.
- This is a little tricky because machine embroidery has a bobbin thread and a stabilizer. So, before you cut the embroidery stitches, look for these two.
- The bobbin thread is the white thread that you see under the embroidery. The stabilizer is the thin white padding that protects the fabric. Make sure not to damage or cut the stabilizer, especially if you plan to redo the embroidery.
- Once you see the bobbin thread, insert underneath it the head of the seam ripper. With gentle pressure, cut the stitches. You may have to cut between 30 to 40 stitches at a time.
- Between the stitches you will see stabilizer threads. You need to cut the stitches around it but do not damage the stabilizer.
- Continue the process until you have cut the entire stitches you want to remove.
- Pull the shirt on its right side. Then, get the tweezers and remove the cut threads.
- If there is resistance, it means you have not cut the thread all the way through. Do not pull, rather cut the thread using the seam ripper.
Once you have completed pulling out the threads, get the lint brush to wipe away the remnants.
If you notice the embroidery design on the fabric, remove it using the embroidery eraser.
Removing the embroidery is simple but needs careful handling. Take your time as you do the process to avoid mistakes or damage.
Will Removing Embroidery Leave Holes?
It is possible that removing embroidery can leave holes in your fabric. The embroidery stitches have been on the fabric for quite some time, holes are inevitable. The threads through the stitches created spaces on the woven material of the fabric. The holes are the displaced weaves or knit of the garment.
But do not feel upset, you can fix these holes. Here are some quick tips to do it.
Once you have cleaned the spot where you removed the embroidery, pull the garment inside out.
- Spread out the garment over a flat and sturdy surface. Then, use the tip of your thumb fingernail and rub it on each hole. Try to rub it opposite the weave of the fabric. This movement puts back the displaced weave (hole) in its proper place.
- Do this to the entire area where holes are visible. Once you hardly notice the holes, press the garment.
- If you do not want to use your thumb fingernail, you may use any smooth and hard surfaces. You may use the edge of the ripper handle or the head of the spoon.
- Rub the holes in their opposite direction. Once the holes are hardly noticeable, press the fabric to flatten everything out.
How Do You Remove Embroidery With Scissors?
You can remove embroidery stitches using a pair of scissors with pointed tips. If the embroidery work is small, make sure to use a small pair of scissors. Use it the same way you use a seam ripper.
You need to be extra careful though. Scissors tips are still bigger than the usual seam ripper. It can make an abrupt tear to your fabric when you apply much pressure.
As a beginner, you might still have some concerns that you want clarifications. The following FAQ’s will help you clear things out.
- Can You Remove Embroidery From Scrubs?
- Can You Put A Patch Over Embroidery?
- How Do I Remove An Embroidery Logo?
- How Do You Cover A Logo On Clothes?
- How Do I Get My Company Name Off A Jacket?
- How Do You Cover An Embroidery Jacket?
You can remove embroidery whether it is a machine or hand embroidery. You only need to have a seam ripper or a pointed pair of scissors, tweezers, and a lint roller.
If the embroidery is too small, make sure you use the tip of the seam ripper or the scissors. This is to avoid too much pulling on the threads and fabric. Follow the step by step procedures given early on.
Some embroidery works are too complex to remove which is why many opt to put patches over them. If you choose to put a patch over an embroidery, make sure that the patch is bigger than the embroidery.
It is advisable if you can find a patch with the same shape as the embroidery. This will give you a clean finish.
Removing an embroidery logo is easy but first, check if it is a direct embroidery or a patch-on embroidery. If it is a direct embroidery, get a seam ripper, and make a small cut on the stitches. Pull out the stray threads with tweezers and clean up using a lint roller.
If it is a patch on, it is easier to take it out of the fabric. All you need is either a seam ripper or a pair of scissors with pointed tips. On the opposite or back side of the embroidery logo, insert the head of the seam ripper. Then cut the stitches between the patch and the fabric.
Do it little by little, so you will not tear or damage the fabric.
The easiest and safest way to cover a logo on clothes is to make embroidery patches. These patches are perfect camouflage to unpleasant logos or designs on your clothes. When you make an embroidery patch, ensure that its size is bigger than the logo you want to cover.
First things first. Is the company name embroidered or vinyl printing? Embroidery stitches are easy to remove. You can take it out using a seam ripper or cover it with an embroidery patch of your desired design.
If you choose the former. All you need is to get a seam ripper, and from the reverse side of your jacket cut the embroidery stitches. Do small cuts at a time to avoid cutting the fabric. Once you have cut throughout the company name, pull out the loose thread fibers.
Clean the surface using a lint brush. Then, press the area to flatten and to smooth it out
If the name is machine embroidered, you must follow the proper removal process. You need to cut the bobbin threads and the stitches around the stabilizer. Cut these stitches on the reverse side of your jacket. Then, pull out the threads on the right side of the jacket.
The best option to cover embroidery on your jacket is by using an embroidery patch. Besides covering unpleasant embroidery, patches look good on jackets. These embroidery patches add texture to the garment.
How Do You Get Letters Off A Shirt?
The first thing you need to do is determine if the letters are embroideries, vinyl, or rubber. If the letters are embroidery works, you have to do the process discussed early on. Hand and machine embroidery letters are easy to remove.
You will use a seam ripper or pointed scissors to do the removal process. You can follow the steps given in the previous part of this article.
The same process applies to patch-on letters. All you need is to remove the stitches of the patch on the fabric of your shirt.
- For vinyl or rubber letters, a different approach is necessary. Here are some handy tips you can follow.
- Lay your shirt flat on an iron board.
- Get 2 towels that are big enough to cover the letters you want to remove. You put the first towel under the part where the printed letters are. Flatten your shirt with the towel underneath.
- Then, soak the second towel in the water and squeeze the water out. Make sure there is no more water dripping from the towel.
- Put this soaked water on top of the letters you want to remove.
- Plug-in the iron. Then press the wet towel for about 5 to 10 minutes. Remove the towel and scrape the letters using a knife. Be careful not to cut or damage your shirt.
- Do the scraping while the surface is still hot.
- Continue steps 6 and 7 until you remove all the bits and pieces of the rubber or vinyl letters.
Removing old or unpleasant embroidery works is not complicated. All you need is a seam ripper, pointed scissors, magnifying glass, and a lint brush. Do the process with patience and care.
Damaging or tearing off your fabric is the last thing you want to happen. So, the next time you want to remove embroidery stitches, go ahead. Follow the steps here and you will be fine.