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Do you know that your home sewing machine is the original inspiration for machine embroidered fabrics & laces? Are you a Garments, Accessories, Home furnishings or a Shoe Manufacturer who wants to know more about Schiffli embroidered fabric? If yes, then do watch out this video till end. Hello, this is Tushar from Charu Creation Pvt Ltd, a fashion fabric company at Nehru Place, New Delhi. So friends, Schiffli is an embroidery machine which is used to create embroidered fabrics & laces.

They are also called Schiffli Embroidered fabrics & Schiffli Laces or Chemical Laces. The schiffli embroidery machine is a multi-needle, industrial embroidery machine. It was invented by Isaak Gröbli in 1863. The word ‘schiffli’ is derived from the Swiss dialect of the German language, where it means ‘little boat’, referring to the hull-like shape of the shuttle used to produce this type of fabric & lace. The front part of the boat or ship is called as a Hull.

The patterns sewing machines could produce on cloth were the initial inspiration for the concept of Schiffli embroidery. This is how Groebli came up with the idea of inventing a shuttle that consisted of a bobbin of thread and the machine that utilizes a large number of needles that work at the same time along the length of the fabric, forming lock stitches, much like the sewing machine. The Schiffli machine is a multi-needle loom, whose field of embroidery is wide, constant and coinciding. This machine uses approximately thousand needles that are placed in horizontal lines, one above the other.

In case of Schiffli Lace also called chemical lace, the fabric on which this embroidery is created is known as the ‘sacrificial fabric’ because after the embroidery is completed, the length of the fabric is immersed in a chemical bath in which the un-embroidered patches dissolve and the lace remains.

The characteristic feature of Schiffli embroidery that differentiates it from other forms of machine embroidery is the ability to create diverse luxurious patterns with 2-dimensional & 3-dimensional effects.

There are many varieties that can be found in Schiffli embroidery, based on thread type, thread color, patterns, fabrics, and usage.

1. Embroidery with Borer Holes / Eyelet: Borer Holes are small perforations that can be made in many 2-D shapes and are rimmed with either cloth threads or metallic threads. The complete effect is achieved when stitches are placed on the outer edges of the eyelet.

2. Embroidery on Net: This type of Schiffli embroidery makes use of net-like base fabrics on which the embroidery is created.

3. Embroidery with Applique: In this variant, the second layer of fabric is added to the base fabric at the beginning of the process. However, this is rolled up and secured on the upper roller of the loom while the base is being embroidered. The front yarn is then cut, the applique fabric spread out and then the embroidery is continued.

4. Embroidery in Colors: In order to get a variety of colors within the embroidered fabric or the chemical lace, there are two types of techniques that can be used. One involves the usage of separate strands of thread in different colors while the other uses one multicolored yarn in its creation.

5. Embroidery with Metallic Thread: Metallic threads are used specifically to add sheen and shimmer to the fabric or lace. These threads, since they’re made of synthetic fibers, are strong, durable and available in a variety of colors such as gold, silver, copper, back, green or emerald, wine red and other luscious hues.

6. Embroidery for Borders: This type of Schiffli embroidery is classified based on its usage for embellishing the edges or the borders of a garment.

7.  All Over Embroidery: Schiffli embroidery, when done all over the fabric, involves embroidering the cloth continuously with one pattern from one edge to the Other. The running length of schiffli embroidered fabrics & schiffli or chemical laces is either 14 meters or 20.5 meters.

Schiffli embroidered fabrics & laces are extensively used to create women apparels. Among its other uses are creations of lingerie, home décor items and as frills on cushion covers.

Friends, to view our collection of Schiffli Embroidered Fabrics and Schiffli or Chemical Laces, click on the link given in the description of the video. Friends, I hope that products made out of our fabric collection would make your ventures profitable. For any enquiry regarding fabrics, you may call us at +91-9971106200 or email us at For regular updates, subscribe to this Youtube channel & press the bell icon. Thanks a lot.

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