How To Use Iron On Embroidery Transfers
If you have never used an iron-on embroidery transfer before and would love to know how you are in the right place!
Iron-on embroidery transfers are so easy to use. Here's the short version: simply cut out, place ink side down on your chosen fabric and press with a hot iron (no steam).
You will soon discover the joys of embroidery with transfer patterns.
Here you can see a quick video of the transfer process. Scroll down for a detailed step by step guide.
Read on for my detailed guide on how to use an iron-on embroidery transfer.
1. Eeek exciting! Your embroidery patterns have arrived, unfold your pattern sheet and choose the embroidery transfer you are going to stitch first.
2. Trim around the embroidery transfer leaving a small gap around the edge.
3. Make sure your fabric has been washed and pressed with a hot iron (without using steam) and then place the embroidery transfer pattern ink side down on the fabric. Optional: you can tack your pattern to the fabric to ensure it doesn't slip while you are ironing it.
4. You are now ready to transfer your pattern, set your iron to hot or cotton setting making sure the steam setting is turned off. Place a piece of paper or scrap fabric underneath your sewing fabric to ensure ink is not transferred on to your ironing board. Carefully press the iron on to the transfer for between 3 and 10 seconds, use the TEST transfers provided with your pattern to determine the correct iron time for your fabric, the time will vary depending on the fabric you are using. Be careful not to scorch delicate fabrics.
5. Carefully peel back the corner of the transfer to check that the lines have transferred correctly, if you are not happy you can iron the embroidery transfer again. If you are happy remove the transfer and tacking stitches if you have used them.
6. Now your fabric will have the embroidery design inked on it all ready for sewing. Lazy May iron on embroidery transfers may be used up to 3 times depending on the iron time and type of fabric you are using. As you can see the lines are dark grey in colour and so not suitable for direct transfer to dark fabrics. The transferred lines will fade and disappear with washing.
7. You can now select other transfers from the sheet and add them to the fabric to create your own design. Modern iron on embroidery transfers mean that creating your own arrangement of patterns is really quick and simple.
8. Then stitch over the lines, if you are new to embroidery and would like some pointers please check out my embroidery for beginners guide, you will find notes on equipment and an illustrated stitch guide. The Jelly fish above is from the pattern set 'Beside the Seaside' which you can purchase from the link below.
This is my completed piece, I placed blue sheer fabric, very appropriately called Mermaid Shimmer, over the top of my white fabric before I did my embroidery. I could still see the transferred lines through the blue fabric and I stitched through both layers at once to give the underwater effect.
Here are some transfers you might like to try: