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Versus Machine-made Embroidery

Stitches are different

Not surprisingly, a major difference between handmade Silk Art and machine-made embroidery is in the stitching process. Handmade Embroidery art allows for a variety of stitches in varying thicknesses of thread, every work is unique. Machine-made embroidery is completely uniform; every piece is virtually identical to the next.

Handmade Embroidery begins with stretching the fabric tightly over a wooden frame. The artists use a fine needle and colorful threads to sew each stitch by hand. Machine-made embroidery is computer generated and fabricated. Pre-made patterns are input into the computer that controls the sewing machine to make the embroidery.

 

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The machine-made embroidery process.  

The handmade Susho process

 

Appearance are different                                                                                                                                    

High quality handmade silk embroidery looks alive because each artist creates it with a personal touch. These artists are masters of their craft. A machine cannot make decisions or infuse passion into its work. In comparison, machine-made embroidery looks dull and lifeless.

Each piece of handmade embroidery is unique, even when using the same pattern; artists have the discretion to vary color and stitches. You will never find two completely identical pieces; every piece is one of a kind. Machine-made embroidery is just like a print, all the copies looks exactly the same, the color, the stitches, the final product are all exactly the same!

 

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Machine-made embroidery   Handmade Susho
     

 Thread are different

Pure silk thread is used to make handmade embroidery. Silk thread cannot be used in machines because it breaks too easily. Susho uses silk thread that can be divided into 16 individual strands, impossible with a machine. The thinner the thread, the more detail and definition are possible, making higher quality and more valuable handmade embroidery

Embroidery machines must use thicker thread, commonly polyester, rayon, or metallic. Artificial thread looks and feels artificial. Machines can not use divided thread, so the thickness of the thread used in machines is also completely uniform, flattening the final image.

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Handmade Silk Art uses thousands of pure silk colors   The handmade Silk Art process
     
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Machine-made embroidery thread.    Machine-made embroidery process.

 

Backgrounds are different

One very easy way to spot the difference between a handmade embroidery and machine-made embroidery is to look at the back of the canvas. The back of handmade embroidery is irregular and loose. You can see and feel the knots. Each piece of thread is no more than two feet long and so there are knots when a new piece is started or when the artist changes colors.

The stitching at the back of machine-made embroidery is very tight and neat, every stitch is perfectly identical to the next. There are no knots on back of machine-made embroidery, because they don't need to change thread. Machine thread is very long; each spool is a few miles long.

 

Collectible Value are different

Because handmade embroidery is very time consuming, and requires real workmanship, it is inherently more valuable than mass produced, machine-made embroidery.

High quality handmade embroidery is collectible while machine-made embroidery is not. With the highest quality pieces, the value of the handmade embroidery should be estimated by experts. A true Silk Embroidery Art masterpiece is a crown jewel in any art collection.

 

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Cheap machine-made embroidery   Valuable 100% handmade Silk Art