Tips for Machine Embroidering on Denim

by Tari Intardonato

Transform an ordinary pair of denim jeans into an extraordinary embroidered designer original with a few tips on how to embroider on denim. Start by using OESD design collection Enduring Grace by Kaye England #80034. This design collection by Kaye England will add a touch of grace to your next embroidery project. There are 28 designs featuring beautiful florals, paisleys, and birds.


  • Pre-launder the denim before beginning the embroidery to prevent any shrinkage.
  • After laundering press the denim - not iron.  Ironing can pull and stretch denim.  I like to use Magic Sizing when pressing.
  • Determine what designs will be in your project.  I used two designs:  #80034-01 (Three times) and #80034-10.
  • Determine where the embroidery will be placed.  Printing a template of the actual size helps for perfect placement.
  • If the embroidery is placed over a seam, make sure the seam is “stitch-able”.  I preferred to sew over the 1/8” seam.
  • Placing the design down the side of the jean elongates the leg for a slimming effect.
  • For this design placement it will be necessary to open the side seam.  You will need to restitch the seam after embroidery is complete so keep this in mind when choosing the jeans.
  • Once the seam is open, fuse Fusible Polymesh Cut-Away on the inside to stabilize the fabric and to maintain softness.  Hoop the jeans with 2 layers of MediumWeight Cut-Away.
  • Embroider the designs using an 80/12 Sharp or Denim needle.
  • Isacord Polyester threads makes the designs pop on the denim.
  • After the designs are complete cut away the MediumWeight Cut-Away and re-stitch the seam.

I loved the transformation and I hope you do to!