stitched card with embroidery
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Stitched Card with Embroidery and Decorative Stitching

Stitched Card for Valentine’s Day

stitched card with embroidery

Add machine embroidery to a stitched card along with decorative stitches for a personalized Valentine for a sweet friend.



Load the chosen design into the machine. The featured “QT Quilter” design is from our Conver”sew”tion Heart Machine Embroidery Collection.

Heart Bookmark Embroideries

Wind a bobbin with 60 wt. Bobbin Thread. Install a size 75/11 Embroidery Needle and thread it with the first Rayon color in the design.

Hoop a piece of Sulky Tear Easy stabilizer with a piece of Sulky Felty in a Magnetic Hoop, if using. If not using a Magnetic Hoop, hoop only the stabilizer, and then adhere the Felty to the stabilizer using Sulky KK 2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive.

Place the hoop onto the machine. Begin the embroidery.

felty in embroidery hoop on machine

Clip jump threads with each thread change, using Curved Tip Squeezers.

clip jump threads on stitched card

After embroidery is complete, remove the hoop from the machine and the Felty from the hoop.

Gently tear away the stabilizer beyond the design edges.

tearing away stabiiizer for stitched card


Trim the Felty approximately 1/2″ to 3/4″ beyond the embroidery design edges, depending on the card size.

Center the embroidered Felty on the fabric right side (or place where desired). Use KK 2000 to secure the layers together.

Set the machine for a decorative stitch. Practice the stitch on a scrap fabric to see how the needle moves and make any adjustments to stitch width and length before stitching the final piece.

Stitch the Felty perimeter using the decorative stitch. The featured card showcases a blanket stitch.

decorative stitched card

Now, center the fabric rectangle on the card right side. Use KK 2000 to secure the layers.

stitched card ready to secure fabric

Stitch the fabric rectangle perimeter, either using the same or a different decorative stitch.

stitched card with fabric rectangle

When the stitching is complete, trim any loose thread ends.

card without heart stitching

If desired, add more decorative stitches around the fabric rectangle for additional embellishment. A heart stitch is a sweet choice!

heart decorative stitched card

card with hearts stitched on it

Once satisfied with the design, write a personal note inside the card.

pen on inside of card

Insert the card into an envelope and send it off to a fabulous friend!

stitched card being put into envelope

To learn how to do machine embroidery directly onto a card in the hoop, try our Embroidered Greeting Cards Session! CHECK IT OUT> 

To create quilty cards, check out our webcast with Karlee Porter. TAKE ME THERE>

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I am the Director of Content for Sulky of America. The former Editor in Chief of Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery magazines, I hosted Sew it All TV on PBS for nine seasons. I've appeared on It's Sew Easy on PBS, DIY Network's Uncommon Threads, Hallmark's Marie Osmond Show, MacPhee Workshop and more! Come sew with me!