How to Embroider the Back Pocket of Your Favorite Pair of Jeans

comments (5) September 20th, 2008     

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JenniferStern Jennifer Stern, contributor
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Heres my embroidered pocket.
This is the before shot.
Use a sharp seam ripper to take the pocket off.
Heres my embroidered pocket.

Here's my embroidered pocket.

Photo: jen stern
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Import the design you are going to use into your embroidery machine. This flower was part of a much longer design that included a stem and some leaves. I brought it into my customizing software and chopped off the bloom. If you have embroidery software that allows you to edit designs, keep in mind that you don't have to use the whole design. I thought that the top of this flower would make a perfect pocket design, so I got rid of the stem.

Center the design in the middle of the smallest hoop it will fit in.

Hoop heavy tear-away stabilizer and draw "cross-hair" lines to make it easy to get your pocket directly in the center of the hoop.

Use temporary adhesive spray to adhere the pocket to the stabilizer.

If you want a little sparkle, this is the perfect place to embroider it because the back side of the embroidery won't be against your skin (metallic threads can be a little scratchy). If you are going to use metallic thread, make sure to put a few beads of Sewer's Aid directly on the spool to lubricate the thread. Also, even though I forgot to put it in the photo, use a metallica needle, too.

Always use Sewer's Aid on the thread. Don't put it directly on your embroidery machine because it will mess up the tension discs...ask me how I know that.

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Comments (5)

JonesEmma writes: Wow! I love the unfinished chalk marks and stains! Is there a name or address to research the embroiderer? I would try to look into it and if nothing, I would make up a history. The piece could become an artwork between stitchers through time, though I would leave the original stitches as is and add new completely different images too. Enjoy whatever you decide:).
Posted: 5:23 am on August 5th
thedigitizingdiva writes: Hey Jen!

As always you have great information!!! Your patterns are great, and I think this is great info...very detailed! So many "how to's" are woefully lacking in specifics!!!

Excellent comment about softening the edges with the hammer and positioning with wonder tape!!!

Charlton Sewing Center, Embroidery Instructor
Posted: 10:55 am on May 26th
scrapslady writes: I'm with sewingcats. I have an embroidery machine but haven't learned to use it yet. Don't see why you couldn't use a hand embroidery pattern to do the same thing. If you're really good at hand embroidery, it can be even more charming.
Posted: 3:13 pm on March 7th
sewingcats writes: Not everyone has an embrodiery machine! What's your idea for those of us who will have to use a needle and floss/ribbon or the built-in stitches on our sewing machines?
Posted: 4:37 pm on January 3rd
robingal1 writes: This is great! I'm looking forward to trying this myself!
Posted: 2:27 pm on September 22nd
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