Make sure you have the following items at your disposal:
2. High-quality polyester
machine-embroidery thread. Regular 40 wt thread is perfect. Just make sure
you purchase a quality brand. With lace designs, using strong and NON-stretchy
thread is especially important, because they have many stitches, and you would
probably prefer to drink coffee or do something fun while your machine is
working, instead of babysitting each design for half an hour. Also, thread
breaks can cause the laces to unravel later, and stretchy thread may cause your
design to deform after laundering.
We've also noticed that it is better to embroider lace designs at a slightly
slower speed than at the high speed used for regular designs. The lace comes
out more beautifully this way.
3. Properly digitized Free-Standing
1. NEVER resize lace designs. Chances are good that this will ruin them
completely. They are very sensitive and precise. While regular design may
resize well, a resized lace design will most probably fall apart after you wash
away the water-soluble backing.
2. If you are using new supplies (thread, stabilizer), try them out
first on one small test design, to see if everything is okay. Stitch it, wash
away the water soluble, and dry it, just to be sure that your backing and
thread are working well together. Only then continue with your main project.