I can’t tell you how many times this has happened to me. A customer brings in an expensive jacket they bought elsewhere and they made a mistake in spelling their name. Or they have this really nice jacket that belongs to one of their kids and want to change the name so they can still use it for their other child. So what’s an upstanding embroiderer to do?
My first response is always to take a deep breath and remind myself to be nice and not tell them I’d rather poke a sharp stick in my eye than rip out someone else’s embroidery mistake for a few bucks when they could have bought that personalized jacket from my shop. But then again, OK, maybe it was given to them with a company logo on it as a promo. Either way I’m just not gonna do it and here’s why.
The only way I know of to “reverse embroidery” is to remove the bobbin thread stitching from the back side and pull the mistake out from the top. Customers sometimes think we can magically replace the letter with the correct one and have the size, spacing, font, color, and alignment perfect. But alas, no can do, so we would have to remove the entire word as if it was never there and start over. Unfortunately even that is not entirely possible, because in fact it WAS there and so are the thousands (they have no idea it’s that many) of needle penetrations and the holes they left. Not only that but often the fabric gets distorted from the push of the embroidery.
I look at it this way, it takes me about 10 minutes to embroider a name and about an hour to pluck out a mistake. In my 20 plus years in the embroidery business I have found that the best solution is to calmly explain how THEY can remove the embroidery and the risks involved so they can decide whether it’s worth their time and effort. Quite often they will do it on their own and do a pretty nice job and I’m still the hero when they get the nice new name sewn on.
Now there are times when I have to remove my own stitching mistakes, in which case I rely on my old friend Peggy. The Peggy’s stitch eraser ranks number 2 in my top 10 embroidery tools. She’s never failed me when I need to carefully shave the back embroidery threads. I prefer the corded version as opposed to the cordless since it never loses power and who knows how long I’ll have to call on her endless energy. It’s easy to handle and get into the tiny corners without risking taking too deep a bite as might happen with another type of shaver.
You NEED this in your arsenal of embroidery tools for performing your own stitch erasing magic!
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