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What is the best fabric to embroider on?

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Embroidery machines have revolutionized the textile industry, making it possible to decorate fabric with intricate designs in a matter of minutes. However, not all fabrics are suitable for machine embroidery. In this article, we’ll explore the different types of fabrics used for embroidery.

Best Fabric Types for Machine Embroidery:


Cotton is one of the most popular fabrics for machine embroidery, and for good reason. It’s strong, durable, and easy to work with, making it an excellent choice for a wide range of projects. Whether you’re making a custom t-shirt or a baby blanket, cotton is the perfect fabric to embroider on with a machine.

Linen fabric

Another great choice for machine embroidery is linen, especially for projects that require a more rustic look. It’s a naturally soft fabric, yet sturdy, making it ideal for tablecloths, napkins, and other home decor items. Linen has a unique texture that’s perfect for creating a unique, hand-stitched look, even when using a machine.


Polyester fabric is excellent for projects that need to be washed frequently. It’s durable, colourfast, and easy to care for, making it an ideal choice for items like sports jerseys, tote bags, and backpacks. One of the main advantages of polyester is that it doesn’t wrinkle, so your designs will look great, even after multiple washings.

Canvas fabric

This is a versatile fabric that’s perfect for machine embroidery. It’s strong, durable, and weather-resistant, making it ideal for items like outdoor furniture covers, boat covers, and workwear. Canvas has a tight weave that’s perfect for creating crisp, clean designs, and its natural colour allows your designs to really pop.

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If you’re looking for the best fabric types for your embroidered project, consider one of the options we’ve listed above.

Each type of fabric has its own benefits and drawbacks, so be sure to choose the option that best suits your needs. When in doubt, contact us! Just Breathe Embroidery is here to help you make the best decision that will suit your requirements.

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