10 Best Monogram Fonts for Machine Embroidery

By on January 30th, 2020
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The best monogram fonts for Machine Embroidery

I have to admit, I’m in a bit of a monogram rut.  It seems like I keep using the same interlocking curly monogram over and over again. And while it’s attractive and serves it’s purpose, I’m frankly getting a bit sick of it. I need to invest in some new monogram typefaces, so I’m on a quest to identify the 10 best monogram fonts for machine embroidery and hopefully get inspired.

What should know before buying any monogram fonts for machine embroidery

Always check the file formats the digitizer is offering. If you are not interested in converting your files from one format to another, make sure that the seller carries the format you need. I noticed that some Etsy sellers were just offering their monograms fonts as PES or DST files, so make sure to double check.

Many monograms are also offered as BX fonts, which are specific to Embrilliance software. People who own Embrilliance LOVE them because they are editable within the software. And you can save out the monograms you create in any size. The caveat is that BX fonts can’t be loaded directly into the embroidery machine. If you don’t have Embriliance software, they are of no use to you.

Before buying any monogram font from Etsy, obviously you always should check the reviews. All of the sellers that I am recommending below have great ratings on Etsy.

When you start looking at monogram fonts for embroidery on Etsy, it can be like heading down a rabbit hole. There are tons and you may be a bit overwhelmed deciding which monogram font to use for your projects. Think about your intended recipient for your project and what type of feeling you want to evoke. Is this a beach towel for a kid or a formal hand towel for a master bathroom? These two end uses and recipients are very different and the character of the typeface you choose should reflect those people and products.

For example, I’ve seen the fishtail font stitched out as a monogram on a men’s dopp kit, and it just looks wrong.  The fishtail reminds me of mermaids which seem pretty girly for a men’s accessory.

So let’s take a look at some of the best monogram fonts for machine embroidery. I’ll talk about their distinct characteristics and provide some suggestions on where and how they should be used.

Traditional monogram styles for machine embroidery

Poster Boy Monogram by PolkaDotSewing

Poster Boy monogram font
Image used with permission from PolkaDot sewing

Very traditional and proper, the Poster Boy monogram is suitable for linens and towels. It has an inherent formal look because it looks like an engraving.  Stitch it out on hand towels and linens or even on a mans cuffs. So fancy! 

Fishtail Monogram Font by Zoeys Designs

Fishtail Embroidery Font
Image used with permission from Zoeys Designs

The fishtail monogram font is definitely my sister’s go to.  While it’s still on the formal side, it does have a touch of whimsy. It’s also pretty feminine. I mean – it’s called “fishtail” which alludes to mermaids which is pretty girly if you ask me.  

Use the fishtail monogram font for little girl dresses and ladies’ clothing… but not on a man’s duffel bag.

Empress Monogram Embroidery Font by TheItch2Stitch

Empress monogram by the Itch2Stitch
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The Empress monogram succeeds at being super feminine and elegant without feeling too girly. It’s a lovely monogram to elevate a simple fleece or robe for a woman. It’s also pretty legible. Some script typefaces are so ornate you can’t even make out the letter forms, but this one is not. 

The Empress monogram is available on the Itch to Stitch website as well as Etsy.

Rounded Monogram by PolkaDotSewing

Rounded monogram from Polkadot Sewing
Image used with permission from PolkaDotSewing

To me, this rounded monogram from PolkaDotSewing represents a happy medium. It’s not totally circular but it’s not a big block. The continuous curve along the top and bottom communicate that these letters go together, but it’s a bit more subtle that a straight up circle monogram.

This is also a versatile monogram style, it’s neither too masculine no too feminine. You could use it for a couple’s gift, using the center initial for the couple’s last name, the woman’s first initial on the left and the man’s initial on the right. It would look great stitched out on a throw pillow or towels.

Diamond Three Letter by Emmabroidery

Diamond three letter monogram
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The diamond style of a monogram (by Emmabroidery) is such a classic and can be used for both men and women’s clothing and accessories. I can envision this monogram stitched out on a men’s tie or a toiletry bag. But I can also picture it embroidered on a woman’s scarf. Also, because the letter strokes are thick, it’s very suitable for terry cloth towels and robes.

Digitizer, Emma, of Emmabroidery says:

The diamond monogram is a classic choice for embroidering men or women’s initials. It is also flexible for 3, 2, or even 4 letter monograms – you can play around with adding or omitting the center letter. The diamond monogram is a favorite for embroidering on linens, towels, clothing, and even a fun way to make your mark on furniture!

Classic Circle Monogram by Herrington Design

Classic circle monogram design for machine embroidery

I mean, talk about a classic! The three letter circle monogram is a must have. These filled letters will hold up to just about any fabric. You could use it on anything from a fleece to a throw pillow.

Less traditional monogram styles for machine embroidery

Scallop Monogram Font by Joyful Stitches Monogram

Scallop monogram font by Joyful stitches
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Oh – I am just a sucker for scallops, so of course I love this Scallop Monogram Font by Joyful Stitches. It is fun and playful but still bold.  And, because the letters are so thick, it will hold up well on nappy fabrics. So stitch it out on that sherpa or fuzzy blanket.  It will look AMAZING.

Serif Stacked Monogram by Rivermill Embroidery

stacked monogram design
Image used with permission from Rivermill Embroidery

Want to make a simple Hanes sweatshirt look like a million bucks? Stitch out this classic monogram stacked monogram by Rivermill Embroidery on the front. It is absolutely perfecto for little boys and maybe even a few big boys. It may even be fancy enough for church. 

Adella Block Embroidery Font by Zoeys Designs

Adella monogram font by Zoeys Designs
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The Adella Block monogram font has a bold, strong look.  It’s perfect for athletic bags, masculine towels, robes and accessories. It could even be used for home decor items. The thick letter forms hold up to nappy fabric, even a textured throw. 

Curtsy Monogram by the Itch2Stitch

Curtsy Itch to Stitch Monogram
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The Curtsy monogram by The Itch2Stitch has a ton of character. It’s young, feminine and not so serious. And the resulting overall oval shape makes it suitable for items that are wider than they are tall, like girl’s headbands.  Go get this monogram file and then check out my tutorial on making knit headbands or woven headbands and you have the perfect gift for a little girl. 

The Curtsy monogram is available on the Itch2Stitch website as well as Etsy

Medieval Monogram by MagicHoop

Medieval monogram font
Image used with permission from MagicHoop

Looking for a monogram fit for a princess?  Then check out the Medieval Monogram font by Magic Hoop. It came right out of a fairytale. Stitch out a monogram with the Medieval font on a tote bag, pillow case, or even some clothing.  Instant elegance! 

Note: MagicHoop has tons of original monogram bundles in her shop! The Value Bundles are a great way to instantly build a collection of monogram fonts. 

Curlz Monogram Font by MyGlamBoutique

Curlz monogram font
Image used with permission from MyGlamBoutique

If you really want to make a little girls smile, then stitch out her monogram with the Curlz monogram font by MyGlamBoutique. It’s fun and whimsical and simply effuses joy.

So, embroidery friends, what are your favs?  Please leave a comment below sharing your favorite monogram fonts for machine embroidery.

Happy stitching!

Julie

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