Discover the secrets to no-fear embroidery
If you steer clear of embroidery because you're afraid you'll get the placement wrong, fear no more. These techniques and helpful tools used by the experts make it easy to create free-standing embroideries that you attach to your projects like appliques.

Order the No Fear Embroidery Starter Set today

Related products
Enter the quantity you wish to order of each item. Click on the Add to Cart button at the bottom of the list.

Learn the easy step-by-step techniques and order your supplies today


Make adding embroidery to projects fearless with these easy steps:
  1. Choose embroidery designs that are self-contained, with fill-in or satin stitches. Avoid designs with running stitches, as they will be very flimsy after the supporting stabilizer and fabric have been removed.

  2. Select natural-fiber threads like rayon, cotton, or silk. They won't burn away when you detail-trim your embroidery with a Stencil Cutter Tool.

  3. Create a sandwich in your embroidery hoop with synthetic organza or tulle in a color that closely matches your embroidery design between two layers of non-woven wash-away stabilizer. Place these three layers in your hoop and secure.

  4. Condense as many embroidery designs as you can in one hooping to save fabric and stabilizer.

  5. After embroidering your designs, pop the fabric and stabilizer sandwich out of the hoop and cut away the excess fabric and stabilizer.

  6. Immerse in water to dissolve the stabilizer. Let the embroideries dry flat, or press them dry with your iron and pressing cloth.

  7. Trim away the excess organza fabric with a Stencil Cutter Tool. You may want to do this process twice—first burn away the majority of the fabric, and then go back a second time to do more detailed trimming.

  8. Your embroidery is now essentially an applique. Position it on your project and zigzag over the design with clear monofilament thread to hold in place. If your project cannot be sewn on, or is difficult to sew on, glue the applique in place with a permanent craft glue and allow to dry.
Shop embroidery designs to use with this technique

NO FEAR EMBROIDERY STARTER SET
# NFEST
Sugg. Retail:$38.96
Yours Today: $24.99
Take the fear out machine embroidery by stitching freestanding appliques
Quantity
STENCIL CUTTER TOOL
# SCT4
Sugg. Retail:$17.99
Yours Today: $14.99
Leave 3D embroideries clean and flawless
Quantity
WHITE SPARKLE ORGANZA FABRIC
# OT230W
Yours Today: $4.99
Add a sense of luxury to your home and wardrobe with organza
Quantity
Quantity may be changed to include fractional yardage after you add the item to your cart.
SPARKLE ORGANZA HALF YARD PACK
# SOHYPK
Yours Today: $34.99
Add sparkle to accessories and crafts with 15 half yard cuts of colorful organza
Quantity
12
# WAS5
Sugg. Retail:$12.49
Yours Today: $9.99
Nonwoven, temporary stabilizer leaves no irritating edges or bulk
Quantity
E6000 CRAFT ADHESIVE AND APPLICATOR STICK SET
# CASST
Sugg. Retail:$9.99
Yours Today: $8.99
When you need a permanent bond, you won't find a better adhesive
Quantity
1 SPOOL CLEAR MADEIRA MONOFIL THREAD
# MTE02
Yours Today: $5.99
Now: $4.79
Perfect for "invisible" topstitching
Quantity
1 SPOOL SMOKE MADEIRA MONOFIL THREAD
# MTE03
Yours Today: $5.99
Now: $4.79
Keep your stitching invisible with this soft thread
Quantity
OPEN TOE FOOT LOW SHANK
# 55649
Yours Today: $4.99
Easily view your stitching
Quantity