Before we get caught up too much in the vs, I’m not here to stir up debate between machine and hand embroidery, lord knows there’s a pot that can be stirred if it needs it. This is about an appreciation that each style can bring, and a look at what perhaps the strengths and merits of each technique are.
Though Urban Threads is very much a machine embroidery heavy company, we absolutely adore our hand stitchers and the personal touches they bring to our designs. In fact, it’s a bit of a rarity that you have designs that are available in both machine and hand formats. Since we just so happen to be that rarity, it offers us the unique treat of looking at these two similar and yet vastly different mediums through the same design.
So lets take a peek shall we, at all the wonderful ways the same design can be brought to life in thread…
Machine embroiders, if you’ve only ever watched your machine stitch out designs, there’s a whole world out there of experimental stitches and creative fills for you to try, and perhaps a new therapeutic hobby to explore. Hand embroiderers, if you haven’t gotten a chance to jump on a machine, you can see how the advantages of speed and stitch density make it a technique that is very friendly for anyone to bring about lush results, and that each person still brings their own unique touch to their creation.
Everyone has something amazing to bring to the table. What do you like about each? How do you think these designs compare? Share your thoughts in the comments!