This week’s blog will address the L-Ms of typical embroidery terms. (Please note that there aren’t any important terms that begin with J or K.) We will address the rest of the alphabet in future blogs.

Lettering – computer generated embroidery of letters or words, also called “keyboard lettering.”

Locking Stitch – series of small stitches used to prevent unraveling. Also called “tie-in” or “tie-off.”

Lockstitch – stitch formed with needle and bobbin thread. Also referred to as ISO4915, stitch number 301.

Looping – defects on surface of embroidery usually caused by tension problems or skipped stitch. Typically occurs when polyester top thread has been improperly tensioned. Looping can also occur as the result of a skipped stitch.

Low Speed Function – setting that allows the machine to run at a lower speed than that set by the speed control knob.

Machine Language – codes and format used by different machine manufacturers, such as Barudan, Brother, Fortran, Happy, Marco, Meistergram, Melco, Pfaff, Stellar, Tajima, Toyota, Ultramatic, and ZSK.

Marking – marking of goods to help position frame and position the needle start points.

Mirror – program menu option that allows sewing of reverse imaging of a pattern.

Modular – machine system with many separate stitching heads or configurations of heads that are computer-controlled.

Monogram – embroidered design of one or more letters, usually the initials in a name. Moss Stitch – see chenille.

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