Have you ever purchased a gorgeous lace embroidery design and wondered how in the world you’re going to put it on a sample continuously?

If so, you’re not alone. Making a garment with continuous lace looks like it can be challenging, and some may feel intimidated by the idea.

But let me tell you, it’s actually quite easy once you get the hang of it. Plus, the end result will leave you feeling both excited and proud! Imagine embroidering the perfect lace lining on your table runner, or putting a stunning lace border on the bottom of your favorite shirt. We all want to make that perfect sample, not just something someone sees and says, “thats nice” but something that makes others say, “wow, you really made that?”. Embroidered continuous lace can be gorgeous if you know how..

continuous lace pillow

What to Embroider Freestanding Continuous Lace On

If you have a love for lace anything like I do, then you know lace can pretty much be put on anything. Whether it’s clothing, towels, table cloths, or really anything else, adding lace onto a garment always adds a touch of elegance and that extra ‘wow’ factor. I’m sure you’ve seen those beautiful lace headpieces or wedding dresses with gorgeous lace necklines. Haven’t you ever wondered how in the world those embroidered lace designs seamlessly run together? Well, get ready to learn!

Important: Lace Embroidery Musts

Before we get into how to repeat our lace designs, we need to talk about embroidered lace itself, thread, and stabilizer. If you’ve never embroidered freestanding lace before, click here for a full tutorial on how to properly embroider freestanding lace plus some special tips & tricks.

Lace Designs

It makes a huge difference what machine embroidery designs you use. There are so many different designs out there, and if you choose a design that was not digitized professionally to begin with, it can ruin your garments or décor! You want to embroider lace designs that run smoothly, don’t pucker, and once stitched out, look like they were made for your garment. Not added on afterwards.

Now, I may be a bit biased, but I strongly believe that Embroidery Legacy’s lace designs are some of the best embroidery designs in the market. I’m biased for good reason though! Our lace designs are true vintage as they were created in the 1950s by my great-grandparents for the wedding industry. Each design was manually crafted one stitch at a time by European Schiffli Masters and later converted to run on your modern-day embroidery machine. Who else can say that?! They are definitely one of a kind, and if I do say so myself, they run perfect and are stunning once sewn out. You can find these vintage freestanding lace designs by clicking here.

Lace Thread

Rayon Embroidery Thread

Another key factor to sewing out the perfect lace border is the embroidery thread you choose to use. We highly suggest using rayon thread for freestanding lace as it is soft and more suitable for intricate work. You can learn more about different threads and when to use them by clicking here.

Freestanding Lace Stabilizer

You always need to make sure you have the proper stabilizer when stitching out freestanding lace. You do not want something that will still be seen after sewing out your lace; you want something that will come off easily and not hinder your stitching. To still allow your lace to be soft to the touch and flexible, we suggest using dissolve away mesh. It’s so easy to get rid of you simply put it in water, and it disappears! To learn more about stabilizer and when to use them click here.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Sewing Freestanding Continuous Lace

After selecting your lace design, choosing the right thread and stabilizer, and determining the garment you’re going to spruce up, it’s time to put them together!

Making a continuous lace border is easier than you think using these simple steps.

How to embroider continuous lace and attach to your garment

Step 1: Using your editing software, combine your lace units (depending on your project, combine as many as you need or as many will fill your hoop). When you combine them, be sure to copy and paste the design, make sure when you move the new pieces, you align them with the tick marks. If you don’t have embroidery software, you can download a free 30-day trial of Hatch by clicking here.

continuous lace software

Step 2: Embroider your design using Rayon thread on dissolve away mesh stabilizer.

rayon thread lace

Step 3: Run as many single designs or combined designs as necessary to complete your project.

continuous lace sample

Step 4: Leaving your lace design on the stabilizer, trim with scissors close to design.

lace embroidery sample

Step 5: Place tick marks for alignment where you are going to attach your other design. Attach pieces together using a small zigzag stitch (2.5 width and 1.0 length)

attaching continuous lace
lace embroidery placement

Step 6: Leave your stabilizer on and attach the lace to your fabric using the same small zigzag stitch by following the shape of the design.

lace sewn on garment

Step 7: After attaching the lace, rinse it in hot water to remove the stabilizer.

embroidered lace garment

How to embroider continuous lace directly to your garment

Step 1: Stitch your lace directly to your fabric using your editing software. Combine as many units as you need for your project or to fill the hoop. To combine copy and paste the design, move the new pieces to align with the tick marks. If you don’t have embroidery software, you can download a free 30-day trial of Hatch by clicking here.

continuous laces oftware

Step 2: Print a template from your editing software showing the design, xy axis, and hoop. Use dissolve away mesh stabilizer in your hoop.

lace embroidery template

Step 3: Pin your template to the fabric where you want it to stitch.

continuous lace template

Step 4: Find the center of the design using the XY axis from the template and the center placement on your machine.

machine embroidery lace template

Step 5: Being to stitch your design.

machine embroider continuous lace

Step 6: After your design is finished stitching, remove it from the hoop but do not remove the stabilizer from the design.

freestanding continuous lace

Step 7: Again, hoop dissolve away mesh stabilizer in your hoop. Pin the next template to your fabric, aligning it with the tick marks. Use adhesive spray to lightly spray the fabric and attach the hooped stabilizer. Finish stitching the remainder of the design.

aligning continuous lace
spray continuous lace

Step 8: Once the design is completed, remove the stabilizer by rinsing it in hot water.

freestanding continuous lace

Now that you know the essentials for stitching out lace designs and also how to sew continuous lace onto garments properly, it’s your turn to try it out! You can find our list of elegant vintage lace designs by clicking here.

Happy stitching!