Hand-sewn or machine-sewn embroidery?

Embroidery can be simple, sumptuous, romantic, outlandish, or rock ‘n’ roll, and can even be used for technical or signalling purposes, among others.
There are two types of embroidery – hand-sewn and machine-sewn.

Hand-sewn embroidery tends to take the form of a design or an ornamental panel and is extremely well-illustrated by Indian embroiderers such as Raintree and Ricamo India.

© Raintree

© Gunold

But it is in the machine embroidery sector that things are shifting fast.
Manufacturers are refining their techniques in order to meet the growing demand. Broderies Langlet, working on Saurer looms, are renowned for their prowess with complicated materials, particular swimwear fabrics or lamé guipure. Embroidery thread manufacturer, Gunold, announces a whole series of new products: lamé thread, metallic thread, iridescent thread because the trend is for shiny and even reflective designs. JRC Reflex and Gunold offer a perfectly circular thread, better adapted to embroidery machines and much more aesthetic than flat thread. It should also be noted that thick thread (a number 12 from Gunold) is available to produce new “hand sewn” embroidery finishes and applications on accessories for footwear and leather goods.