Taking care of Embroidery Garments

When machine washing embroidered clothing, it’s a good idea to turn the garments inside out. This will help protect the embroidery from abrasion. Whenever possible, try and avoid washing embroidered items with items that have metal hardware such as zippers.

To avoid shrinkage, wash the fabric as gently as possible, and air-dry if you can. At Prynce Clothing we remind you to ALWAYS make sure to follow the fabric’s care instructions first.

If you’re ever worried about the thread colour bleeding onto the fabric (or vice versa), try a gentle wash in cold water. If you notice any bleeding from the colour (s) when washing the fabric, rinse the item in cool water until the colour is removed. Some experts say that rayon thread is less colorfast than polyester thread, and deep red colours are more likely to bleed.

Don’t Scrub, Soak

If your apparel is stained it’s natural to want to try to scrub it out, but that could do more harm than good.

Using a brush to scrub out stains or rubbing the fabric together could damage embroidery threads and fibres and could give it a “fuzzy” look. Instead of scrubbing out stains, take time to soak them out.

Soak your garments by gently pressing them down in a clean sink or basin. If your apparel floats, weight it down with a water filled jug. If soaking doesn’t work, gently swish and swirl the garment around.

If pressing or ironing the embroidered item, either use a pressing cloth over the embroidery or iron on the back. Don’t let the iron touch the embroidery directly. Remember to use dry heat and avoid the steam feature on your iron — the steam can cause the stabilizer to shrink up, creating a puckered look.

Keep in mind that all textiles show wear as they’re washed and used. The apparel is yours and it’s your responsibility to help your embroidered apparel age gracefully.

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