Embroidery Machine Tips for Beginners – 2021 Starter Guide

Are you a beginner to the embroidery game?  Good!

Today I will share with you some embroidery machine tips for beginners in this 2021 starter guide.

I understand that starting out in embroidery can be a bit tricky. I know, cause I have been there before. Not to worry here. I will guide you through the basics and get you started on your journey.

Although there are plenty of instructional manuals for each machine, which you should read anyway, I have always found learning easier with other people. And that is why I love to help others like me as well. So here it goes.

Embroidery Machine Tips

Tip: If you (dear beginners) want to know more, check out which is the best-computerized embroidery machine this year!

Today, I decided to source a video for you to show you just how easy it is to start working with your embroidery machine. And in this case, in Joanne Banko’s video, you can see all the step-by-step beginning with the prep and end with an embroidered design.

On top of that, I will give you a few links to the best accessories available today, so you are ready to go. Sounds fun? Well, let’s get into it!


Embroidery Machine Tips

video by Joanna Banko from BrotherSews

Hope you enjoyed the video just as much as I did and have taken plenty of notes! And if you didn’t, then here are some of the Brother products that Joanna was talking about in the video:


Embroidery Machine Essentials:

I love giving embroidery machine tips and helping you out with choosing the right gear to set up your embroidery adventure. I just hope that I will be able to see your creations one day! Ok, let’s check out what you need to get started:

Brother Embroidery Stabilizer

Brother SA519 is one of the best stabilizers there are on the market right now! The package comes with 3 sheets measuring 11.0236” x 39.37” (or 28cm x 100cm).

The stabilizer is made from white paper fiber and it is applied by ironing it on. Not to worry though, it is very easily removable thus easy to reposition as well. It is a genuine Brother made accessory and it is made for all embroidery machines.

best embroidery stablizer

Brother SA519 Embroidery Machine Stabilizer.


Brother Embroidery Thread

Talk about superior quality and a great selection of Brother embroidery thread. Simthread 63 Brother Colors Polyester 120d/2 40 Weight Embroidery Machine Thread is the best package of embroidery machine thread that you can buy on the market today!

It is, of course, compatible with all other threads and a variety of other embroidery machines, such as Janome, Singer, and Bernina.

embroidery thread bundle

Simthread 63 Brother Colors Polyester 120d/2 40 Weight Embroidery Machine Thread.


Brother Embroidery Bobbin Thread

Brother SAEBT bobbin thread is a 100% polyester made for great tensile durability and superior strength. This package comes with 5 spools of 60-weight white embroidery bobbin thread. I recommend it!

embroidery bobbin thread

Brother SAEBT Embroidery Bobbin Thread


Brother Embroidery Needles

Organ brand is Brother’s approved and extensively tested quality needle and I love it! There are 20 in the set, 10  in each pack.

These needles are designed with a flat back shank and a special large eye to prevent breakage and shredding when embroidering with metallic and other machine threads.

They are compatible to use with all the major and minor brands.

best embroidery needles

Brother SAEMB 20-Piece 75/11 and 90/14 Machine Embroidery Needles 15x1ST


Embroidery Scissors

Fiskars 98087097J Curved Craft Scissors are essential for every embroidery fanatic. The specially curved tip is ideal for trimming loose threads flush against the surface of the fabric without any damage to the fabric.

These scissors have stainless steel blades and stay very sharp for a long time! I can concur!

Tip: Make sure to check out my post about best scissors for cutting fabric.

best embroidery scissors

Fiskars 98087097J Curved Craft Scissors, 4 Inch, Orange


Final Words:

I hope that my embroidery machine tips that I have collected in this starter guide have helped you to start your embroidery adventures with a bit more peace of mind. Please share some of your stories below in the comments section if you like. Until the next time, happy sewing!


Over to you: 

Which of the above tips helped you out the most?

Please share your tips in the comments below. Together we can help others more!