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5 Custom Embroidered Clothing Care and Maintenance Tips

Embroidery is a great way to make any article of clothing more beautiful, fashionable, and eye-catching – it adds that special something to an otherwise bland garment. And you’ll find that you can have just about anything embroidered with custom designs. Whether you want a screaming eagle or a skull on your jacket, you prefer roses on the hem of your jeans, the collars of your tees could use some spicing up, or you want your name to appear over the pocket of work or bowling shirts, there are alterations shops that can give you the one-of-a-kind embroidery you’re looking for. Or you can purchase a fancy, computerized sewing machine that need little more than a graphics card, a needle, and thread to give you the custom embroidery you crave. From there you just need to follow a few guidelines for care and maintenance to make sure your unique clothing lasts.

  1. Choose the right textiles. Proper care and maintenance of embroidery starts with a solid foundation, so you need to begin by selecting fabrics that are capable of supporting your embroidery in the first place. You may like the idea of embroidering a floral pattern on your favorite sheer top. But if the fabric you choose is too flimsy, you’ll probably end up damaging it, either during the embroidery process or when you try to clean the garment.
  2. Hand wash. What you want to avoid when washing embroidered garments is stressing the threads, so you should plan to hand wash any time you have custom stitching done. It really doesn’t matter what the tag on the garment says – if you’ve added embroidery, you need to hand wash. Further, it’s probably best to wash with cold or cool water, especially if you don’t know whether the color from the thread might bleed.
  3. Hang dry. Using a commercial dryer, even on the low setting, could cause premature fading or damage to your embroidery. So hang dry garments that feature custom stitched designs.
  4. Press with care. Since you’re hanging embroidered garments to dry, there’s a good chance they’ll wind up with wrinkles. In this case you should iron them using the dry heat setting (as steam could cause colors to bleed or mess up any stabilizer backing your embroidery). And always place a cloth between the iron and your embroidery for the sake of protection.
  5. Hang or fold? In truth, embroidered clothing is really no different than other types of garments when it comes to storage. The debate about whether to hang or fold your garments comes down to the textiles you’re dealing with. Knitwear, for example, should be folded, while other types of tops are probably better off hanging. Skirts, slacks, and jackets should hang in your closet while casual pants (like jeans) can be folded and placed in drawers. In some cases, it depends on your personal preference. But if you want your special garments to last, whether they’re custom Broken Arrow Wear tees or the heirloom wedding dress first worn by your great-great-grandmother, knowing how to store them properly is essential to their preservation.

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