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Full guide on 14 different types of embroidery techniques

There are many types of embroidery techniques for garments, like flocking, appliqué, towel/sequin embroidery, toothbrush embroidery, 3D embroidery, etc. In addition to traditional embroidery, embroidery techniques styles, and methods are also very rich. According to the distinction of embroidery stitches and patch effects, it includes manual, machine, computer machine embroidery, etc. Next, let us learn about the full guide on 14 different types of embroidery techniques!

1. Conventional computerized embroidery

Flat embroidery in computerized embroidery machines can achieve various embroidery effects by applying different pattern-making techniques. They are also the most commonly used embroidery techniques. Flat embroidery also includes jumping stitch embroidery, stitch embroidery, needle insertion embroidery, etc. Jump stitch embroidery is suitable for simple fonts and patterns such as logos. Needle embroidery is ideal for patterns with small characters and fine lines. Nowadays, many exquisite electric embroideries are the result of the mixed application of various techniques.

Conventional computerized embroidery:

Conventional computerized embroidery can embroider various patterns required according to the design draft. Such as cutting pieces or embroidering into lace.

Applicable scope and precautions of the process:

types of embroidery techniques: computerized embroidery

We can use embroidery techniques in partial or large areas of garments. If you need a high-temperature pattern, the shrinkage and elasticity of the fabric should not be too large. Because it is easy to cause uneven patterns when setting at high temperatures. The edges of the fabric with high elasticity are easy to loosen and not flat.

2. Appliqué embroidery

Appliqué embroidery is the embroidery of another fabric on top of the fabric. This can increase the three-dimensional effect or split-layer effect. We can do welt embroidery, and appliqué hollow embroidery.

Advantages: good layering with 3d effect.
Disadvantages: high cost, suitable for small area embellishment.
Application: We generally use it in clothing jackets, trousers, etc.

Applicable scope and matters needing attention:

The properties of the two fabrics for appliqué embroidery should not be too different. The edges of the appliqué need to be trimmed. Fabrics with high elasticity or insufficient density are prone to loosening and unevenness after embroidery.

Appliqué embroidery

3. Solid three-dimensional(3D) embroidery

Solid 3D embroidery is also called bag stem embroidery. The solid 3d embroidery is an embroidery technique. And we add cushions and materials to it to reflect a three-dimensional effect. The padding material is 3D and eco-friendly. Then, we use materials such as foam sponge and styrene board. And its thickness is between the presser foot and the fabric (3-5mm). Therefore, 3D embroidery is suitable for making special 3D effects on hats, handbags, shoe uppers, and clothing!

3D embroidery
3D embroidery 01

4. Thick thread embroidery

Thick thread embroidery has the rough feeling of hand embroidery. It matches the trend of imitation hand embroidery. And this is a very popular embroidery method for casual wear in recent years.

Note: special materials are required.

Thick thread embroidery uses thicker thread than ordinary embroidery thread (120d/2).

Such as 300d/2 or 450d/2.

Thick thread embroidery

5. Bead(sequins) embroidery

Bead embroidery is to nail beads, sequins, and grains of various materials on clothing manually or by machine. The bead embroidery has a strong three-dimensional effect. Also, most of them have better glosses. Some matte ones are generally used for chic styling.

Advantages: Elegant decoration and flashing gorgeous belong to relatively high-end handicraft embroidery.

Disadvantages: Once the thread is broken, the beads will fall off in a large area.

Sequins embroidered patches


We often use it on women’s T-shirts, skirts, and accessories as embellishments. Sequin embroidery patches are also suitable for handbags, shoe uppers, and clothing. This gives the embroidery a great texture!

6. Tape embroidery/pleated embroidery/computer hand-cranked flowers embroidery

Belt embroidery

There are many kinds of accessories for tape embroidery/rope embroidery. And there are various materials that we can use in a wide range. It is a method of fixing the center of the sash material using sash accessories. Available in 15 sizes of ribbons with a width of 2.0 to 9.0 (mm) and a thickness of 0.3 to 2.8 (mm).

Belt embroidery
Belt embroidery

Pleated embroidery

Pleated embroidery has a tighter rolling process. It can produce effects different from frill embroidery. Therefore, pleated embroidery can produce very rich craft effects.

Pleated embroidery
Pleated embroidery

computer hand-cranked flowers embroidery

The technology of computer hand-cranked flowers is the same as that of hand-made flowers. We can make it as piece embroidery, piece embroidery. However, the fabric should not be frayed. The cut fabric is not easy to be too thick and too hard. And we can make natural fibers loose directly if there is no burr.

computer hand-cranked flowers embroidery
computer hand-cranked flowers embroidery

7. Hollow 3D embroidery

Hollow 3D embroidery

Hollow 3d embroidery is to dissolve the padded material after embroidery processing. Then, make it present a soft and 3d technique. This method originally required a lot of equipment. But, we can easily carry it out according to the unique processing method.

In this way, we can achieve a soft and 3d craft effect with high added value.


1) It can embody soft embroidery that solid 3D embroidery cannot embody.
2) The upper thread has a 3d effect on the cloth. This accentuates the depth and luster of the color even more.
3) For elastic and delicate fabrics, we will not damage their original atmosphere.
4) Embroidery can maintain the unique softness of thick thread and woolen thread.

8. Towel(chenille) embroidery

Towel(chenille) embroidery is a kind of 3d embroidery.

Its effect is very similar to towel cloth, hence the name towel embroidery. The effect of it is like sticking a piece of terry cloth. And it feels soft and flat to the touch. And the colors are rich.

Then, it has warm fluffy fleece and can embroider any shape, any color. Chenille embroidery has wide use in clothing, home accessories, handicrafts, etc. They can beautify the surface of textiles. Such as clothing, letterman jackets, toys, shoes, hats, bags, headwear, etc.

Towel(chenille) embroidery

9. Toothbrush embroidery

Toothbrush embroidery is new types of embroidery techniques that has emerged.

It is to add a certain height of accessories (such as EVA) to the fabric in the ordinary embroidery process. After the embroidery is completed, we use tools to repair the embroidery thread and remove the accessories. Then, it presents an embroidery like toothbrush shape.

Moreover, it can be combined with other embroidery methods such as flat embroidery to make the patterns richer and more diverse. So, we can use it in clothing, home accessories, handicrafts, etc.

10. Gem embroidery

Using flat gold thread embroidery and three-dimensional embroidery, we developed a new craft. That is gem embroidery.

Gem embroidery is suitable for handbags, shoe uppers, and clothing. Then, you can make a special star-shaped gem three-dimensional effect!

Gem embroidery

11. Hollow embroidery

Hollow embroidery, also known as carved hole embroidery. It is to do some hollowing out on the surface of the fabric.

Hollow embroidery

Then, you can do some pattern embroidery with reference to the designed pattern. For example, cloth hollowing, hollow embroidery, and partial embroidery of cut pieces. The cotton or linen cloth and thread it uses are more elegant. In addition, we mainly use it in the production of tablecloths, bedspreads, pillow bags, etc.

12. Water-soluble embroidery

Water-soluble embroidery (water-soluble lace) is a large category of computer embroidery lace.

It uses water-soluble non-woven fabric as the base fabric. Then, we can embroider the base fabric with a computer flat embroidery machine. Then use hot water to melt the water-soluble non-woven base cloth. In this way, a three-dimensional lace is left. The types of embroidery thread include silk light, polyester light, cotton thread, etc.

Water-soluble embroidery

13. Computer cloth embroidery

Computer cloth embroidery

Computer cloth embroidery is different from computer conventional embroidery. It is to send the fabric in pieces to the embroidery factory.

Then, embroider the fabric according to the pattern. And then cut them according to the position specified by the pattern.

14. Flocking embroidery

Flocking embroidery is to process the cloth surface and apply the glue layer. Then use a flocking machine to spray the fluff onto the adhesive layer. This process is called flocking. And the flocking embroidery is soft to the touch. Moreover, they have bright colors and a strong three-dimensional effect. Flocking embroidery has wide use in children’s clothing, T-shirts, coats, and casual pants.

Flocked Embroidered Patch

In conclusion

There are many other types of embroidery techniques. The 14 different types of embroidery techniques above are all relatively common. Hope it helps you.

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