How to Prevent Red Embroidery Thread From Bleeding on White Shirts

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Things You'll Need

  • Bowl
  • Hot water
  • White vinegar
  • Towel

Signature Victorian embroidery is a beauty to behold with its fine detail done in red thread on bright white fabric. After all the hard work put into an embroidery project, there’s nothing worse than seeing the thread bleed onto the fabric, permanently staining and ruining it. Avoid bleeding embroidery thread of any color by preparing the thread for use before you begin your project.

Fill a bowl with 2 cups of hot water.

Add 2 tbsp. of white distilled vinegar to the water.


Peel off the thread’s wrappers and place the thread into the bowl. Leave the thread to soak for two hours.


Press the thread in a towel and hang it to dry.