ribbon embroidery designs
ribbon embroidery designs

How to Embroider Ribbon

ribbon embroidery designs

How to Embroider Ribbon

Why is it difficult to machine embroider on tape?

Machine embroidery on the ribbon can be a little tricky as the ribbon can be slippery! Smooth fabrics wrinkle like crazy. Therefore, it is important to hold the ribbon in place before embroidering.


Also, ribbons are often long and thin, which can be noticeable if your embroidered name or graphic is off-center. Therefore, it is very important to carefully position the design or lettering on the ribbon before sewing.


What type of ribbon would you embroider?

There are mainly two different types of ribbons that you see most often: satin and grosgrain. A grosgrain ribbon is a ribbon with horizontal ribbing. Easier, wider and easier.


Grosgrain is not as smooth as satin. But honestly, when the band is connected properly, curl is not a problem for me.

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Before embroidering on the ribbon, you need to decide how to attach the ribbon to or from the embroidery hoop.
floating tape

Most people recommend floating the straps on the stabilizer, as the straps are long and thin and don’t clip securely.

I prefer to use a self-adhesive tear stabilizer. I’m pulling a piece tight in my embroidery hoop. I then lined the inside edge with a needle and peeled off the paper to reveal the tacky surface.
Next, I put tape on top of the sticky back stabilizer running parallel to the edge of the tire. In the example below you can see I glued a few strips of ribbon to the stabilizer.

If you don’t have a self-adhesive backing, you can also apply the tape with spray glue to remove the backing. If you’re really concerned about movement or your ribbon is super thin, you can solder a piece of Heat N Bond Lite to the back of the ribbon and then solder it to a piece of peel-off stabilizer.

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Which ribbon is easiest to embroider?
Grosgrain ribbon is the easiest to embroider because it is less slippery than other ribbons. But other ribbons can also be easily embroidered.

Why don’t you try it? Tape is cheap. If the embroidery looks bad – you don’t travel that often!

How to prevent wrinkling when embroidering on ribbon?
Correctly securing the ribbon before embroidering can often prevent wrinkling.

Which stabilizer is best for embroidering on ribbon?
In my opinion, the adhesive-backed tear-off stabilizer is the best stabilizer for ribbon embroidery. This will prevent the ribbon from moving while embroidering.

Which thread is best for embroidering on ribbon?
The best thread for embroidery tape is polyester thread because it is strong and does not break easily.

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