Hand Embroidery vs. Machine Embroidery


I've been a hand embroidery expert for years and years, but I notice
that a lot of people are switching to the machine embroidery. Before I
invest the money I'd like your opinions about which you prefer and why.
Reply to
Annie
On 18 May 2005 17:47:35 -0700, "Annie" wrote:
I can see certain applications for machine embroidery, but very few. What can compare with the hand embroidery feeling of peace and well being? Not something I would find with the whirr of a machine - arrggghhh!
Reply to
Lucretia Borgia
For Me Annie , hand embroidery and Machine embroidery are like 2 different Fruits , i can mix into a Salad ,,,, each technique has it`s good and bad sides , look at some of my works on
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and you can see where i mixed it or not. mirjam
,, On 18 May 2005 17:47:35 -0700, "Annie" wrote:
Reply to
Mirjam Bruck-Cohen
Machine embroidery can emulate but never produce the beautiful work of hand embroidery. Not even close. I just purchased a table runner from China with machine embroidery and a border of simulated drawn thread work. Every day I sit at the kitchen table I look at that and think how much nicer it would have been if done by hand. In the first place, the threads used in hand embroidery are in relief against the ground.
I think machine embroidery is useful in "quick" situations. I have a friend who sells christening gowns and other baby items which are machine embroidered. She simply couldn't command the price that hand embroidery would entail. Customers are happy. But it's not the same, and she admits it. Her comments are, she sits back and does other things while the machine whizzes in the background. Hand embroidery is a pleasureable pursuit where you are at one with the project as opposed to disconnected from it. Not that you can't get creative if you purchase all the bells and whistles (not cheap).
In the end, it will depend upon how you wish to spend your time.
Dianne
Reply to
Dianne Lewandowski
I am going to respond to this prior to reading the other answers because I very strongly am pro hand embroidery compared with machine. I have happily worked on my skill since a child so almost 40 years and the last thing I made for a gift, they actually said it looked so perfect that they wondered if I did this with a machine. That is a compliment for the unknowledgeable. But those of us who know about this skill, one can never ever get them confused. Hand embroidery is absolutely beautiful compared with machine embroidery. When i bought my new sewing machine I chose the very best below the embroidery machines. I will not use them and did not buy one. Barbie
Reply to
bdiane
It's up to you. Are you going to be trying to make money at your embroidery machine, or are you just doing it for enjoyment? If you want to try it, go ahead. If you do hand embroidery for the process, or because you like doing it, you may not be happy with an embroidery machine. If you just want to do nice stitchy-work on clothing, or embellish pre-made items, an embroidery machine may be just fine for you.
Hand and machine embroidery are very different beasts, and the only real similarity is that they both use a needle and thread to make a design on fabric.
Some people feel that they cannot embroider by hand (usually because they aren't willing to put in the time and effort necessary to become proficient at it), but are willing to put forth a similae amount of time and effort to make a machine do a pattern for them. (of course, once they've got the pattern defined, they can do it over and over agian with very little additional work.)
I have seen some really nice embroidery come out of a machine. It's not hand embroidery, doesn't look like it. It is, however, quite pretty, and in some cases it's perfect for the item. In other cases, it looks like the embroiderer wanted to show off all the capabilities of her/his machine, and put too much on. But that's a matter of taste as much as anything else. -- Jenn Ridley : snipped-for-privacy@chartermi.net WIP: Water Lilies, Rose Trio, Be Mine, Emperor's Coat II, Carousel Most recently Finished: Romance, Halloween Circle, Always be a Wildflower Stitching log:
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Jenn Ridley
Well, I do both types of embroidery. There is a place for both IMNSHO. I do lots of stuff for the SMDGD -- mostly Elmo designs. No way would I spend the time & energy hand embroidering Elmo on a t-shirt for the kiddo when I know she will only wear it for 2 or 3 months before growing out of it! That would be a total waste of my time & energy. On a *special* item of clothing -- a holiday dress, etc. -- I would do the hand work. I also use my machine to embroider holiday hand towels and embellish my everyday bath towels. I also have special holiday hand towels that I have hand embroidered -- it all just depends on the design, time constraints, etc. I did machine embroidery on a set of six holiday finger tip towels that I donated to a silent auction. I knew that the machine embroidery would likely get a higher bid than hand work since few people in the general population around here appreciate hand work. If you want to make something that will appeal to the "common" person (I was going to say man but didn't want to start a flame war!!) then I think machine embroidery "sells" better. People are more familiar with it than with hand work. I have done hand embroidery on daily use kitchen linens and will do it again. I guess, for me, there are just some things that "speak" to me and I do 't care if it's hand embroidery or machine embroidery. If I like the look of the design then I will stitch it using whatever method I deem to be best. Just remember, if you are serious about getting an embroidery machine, they are very $$$$ for a decent one. My friend has a Brother which cost her about $1,500 & she's had nothing but problems with it. I have a Janome 9000 which The Babies bought me for Mother's Day 5 years ago. At the time, it was a $4,000 top of the line machine and I haven't had any problems with it and I have used it a LOT! With embroidery machines, you DO get what you pay for! So -- bottom line, IMNSHO, there's a place for BOTH types of embroidery. As Mirjam said -- they are both fruits but one's an apple and the other's an orange. One will never take the place of the other, that's for sure and my all time favourite is still hand work :-)! CiaoMeow >^;;^< PAX, Tia Mary
Reply to
Tia Mary
Okay Tia. I forgot totally not having little ones around ! Oh yes there is plenty to do for them on a machine and no I would never ever ever ever hand embroidery Elmo either !!!!! barbie
Reply to
bdiane
As someone who does both, I wouldn't call either one a replacement of the other. Just like I couldn't see crochet vs. knitting being a replacement option.
Both have their uses. Machine embroidery is great for personalizing gifts for others, for repetitive stuff (like motifs on a window valence), and things you know will get a lot of wear (like kids clothes). Hand embroidery serves it's purposes as well.
Machine is more product oriented, while I find hand is process.
Granted, I inherited my embroidery machine...I probably would not have bought one.
Tara
On 18 May 2005 17:47:35 -0700, "Annie" wrote:
>I've been a hand embroidery expert for years and years, but I notice >that a lot of people are switching to the machine embroidery. Before I >invest the money I'd like your opinions about which you prefer and why.
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Tara D

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