How to Embroider the Hem of Your Favorite Yoga Pants

comments (3) August 16th, 2008     

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JenniferStern Jennifer Stern, contributor
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Here are my yoga pants with embroidery around the hems.
Here are my favorite yoga pants!
A close-up of the embroidery on one hem.
Here are my yoga pants with embroidery around the hems.

Here are my yoga pants with embroidery around the hems.

Photo: jen stern
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Last year I taught a yoga pants class, using Kwik Sew Pattern #3115 and special high-tech fabric that I ordered from Rose City Textiles in Portland, Oregon. They were so quick and easy to serge together, I made several pairs of these comfortable pants. A year later, they’re still my favorite…I’ve worn them everywhere, from trail running to a quick trip to the grocery store. Recently I’ve discovered yoga, and of course I wear them there, too! At the time I taught the class, it had not occurred to me to embroider on them. One day a few weeks ago in power yoga class, I saw some black yoga pants with delicately embroidered hems. I thought to myself, "That little amount of embroidery is just what my yoga pants need!"

Let me show you how to add embroidery to the hem of your favorite yoga pants. If you need a new favorite pair, I love the Kwik Sew pattern I mentioned above—they really do sew together quickly. I also recommend that you check out the moisture-wicking fabric available at Rose City Textiles if you don’t have any on hand.

If you choose an embroidery design that’s lightweight and combine it with the right stabilizer and needle, embroidering on these high-tech fabrics is a snap. The choice in design is most important—if you pick one that’s too dense, it will pucker the fabric. Dense or heavily filled designs also require a lot of stabilizer; this will change the hand of the stretch fabric too much, and the result won’t be worth the effort.

I have a collection of outline butterflies that are perfect. Because these designs do not have any fill stitches, I can use a wash-away stabilizer without worrying about the fabric stretching and distorting after the stabilizer is removed. Combined with a size 14 stretch needle, I will have no trouble embroidering the hem of my favorite yoga pants.

What You'll Need:

A pair of yoga pants to embroider (Wide-leg or pants with some flare at the hem are much easier to embroider because of the extra wiggle room.)
Lightweight embroidery designs of your choice
Embroidery thread contrasting the color of your yoga pants
Wash-away stabilizer such as Aqua Mesh from OESD
Size 14 stretch needles
505 temporary adhesive spray

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Comments (3)

DeeRaymond writes: Jennifer, love the pants! Which of the wickable knits do you order from Rose City? What type and width of elastic do you use in the waist line.


Posted: 9:37 am on February 3rd
JenniferStern writes: Thanks!
Posted: 9:09 pm on August 16th
Patzee writes: I like your tip showing how to simply add a small piece of stabilizer rather than do a complete rehooping. Thanks!
Posted: 7:02 pm on August 16th
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