Mylar embroidery designs have gained popularity recently as they’re a great way to add some sparkle to your next embroidery project! Rather than using metallic embroidery thread, using mylar embroidery designs is a more affordable alternative which also adds a glitter like appearance.
Mylar itself is a shinny plastic film that is used for many things, not only embroidery. Keep this in mind when purchasing Mylar for embroidery, you want to purchase the thin sheets which can often be in the wrapping paper isle of a craft store. Do not purchase mylar balloons & try to use these for machine embroidery. It is far too thick & will not yield the same results.
If you’ve never personally seen a mylar design, they are really a cool creative idea. Given that mylar is shinny & reflective in nature, by putting a sheet of mylar into an embroidery design part way through the sewing process (much like an applique), more light reflects off the design & gives it a beautiful sheen.
The true beauty of using mylar is that in terms of color, it has a 1 size fits all approach. You don’t have to buy separate colors of mylar, instead mylar picks up whatever color of thread you’re using on top of it! This means that after initially tacking the mylar down, you can let your machine run normally without having to add in multiple pieces.
Are Mylar Embroidery Designs Digitized Different?
Mylar embroidery designs are digitized with a thinner density specifically for the thin film of mylar to be added underneath the fill areas & allow light to penetrate between the stitches & create a beautiful glitter like effect. Much like an applique design as well, digitizing mylar requires a tack down running stitch to hold the material in place.
That being said, you can embroider mylar embroidery designs without inserting a sheet of mylar however you can not embroider a regular embroidery design with a piece of mylar.
Tutorial: How to Embroider a Mylar Embroidery Design
Trying any new embroidery technique can be daunting at first, but it’s almost always worth it! Remember the first time you stitched out an applique design? Follow the steps in this tutorial when sewing out a mylar design:
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