Embroidery can be a beautiful addition to any fabric, but it is not always permanent. Sometimes you may need to remove an embroidery stitch from a piece of clothing or fabric. Fortunately, there are a few techniques you can use. For large pieces of embroidery, you can cut out the section with scissors or a seam ripper, iron the area, and pass the palm of your hand over the fabric, pressing into it, to settle the fabric back into place.
For smaller embroidery designs: If you do not have a seam ripper, try using an exacto knife and tweezers to carefully unpick the stitches. Be sure to take your time, as you don’t want to over-tear the surrounding fabric.
How to remove embroidery from a jacket
When it comes to removing embroidery, there is a little tool called a seam ripper that is worth its weight in gold. This wicked little tool will allow you to target, isolate, and quickly rip the embroidered threads so they can be pulled out easily.
It is best to use an ergonomic seam ripper, such as these:
Lendon Seam Ripper , Seam Ripper Tool for Sewing, Ergonomic Grip
The college picker shows how to remove an embroidered name from a jacket using a seam ripper:
How to remove embroidery from a shirt
How to remove embroidery from a shirt? A seam ripper will do a great job!
A seam ripper can easily remove embroidery from a shirt. Depending on how tight the weave is on your shirt, you may or may not be able to see the holes that the embroidery removal will leave behind. The shirt in the picture above is a good candidate for embroidery removal because the stitching is not dense.
How to remove the stitch marks that the embroidery removal left behind:
There is a way to make the stitch marks go away or look much less noticeable on your garment that you have just removed the embroidery from. If they are really noticeable, you can’t wear your shirt with stitch marks on it! No problem, an iron will solve it!
Iron your garment over the stitch marks. Run the palm of your hand over the stitch marks as if you were changing the direction of suede; for example, you are smoothing over the stitch marks over your freshly ironed area. Lift your hand after smoothing out the area, and you will notice that your stitch marks are either gone or much less noticeable.
How to remove embroidery from a hat using clippers and an exacto knife:
If you do not have a seam ripper, other tools like exacto knives, razors, and clippers can be used like in this video. Yonkov shows you how:
How to remove embroidery from a backpack
A canvas backpack will have the same type of woven, more durable fabric as the hat above, so refer to the video above with Yonkov showing you how he removed the large orange Z logo on his hat. His technique will work well for a backpack too.
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