Embroidery Stabilizing for Machine Embroidering
Here are some tips to get good results with your embroidery
1. When it's possible, run your outline stitching first, this
will help stabilize your fabric even further!
2. I prefer layering solvy while stitching out a design to add
dimension. Sometimes the "film" solvy can get a bit heavy using
this technique, causing stiffness and can be difficult to remove.
We've found a great "web" type that gets the job done with less
stiffness and is super easy to remove! The film type soluble is
still best for the base layer & I use it for every design I
stitch on any fabric that water will not harm.
3. We've all heard the "stabilize, stabilize, ..." To the
point that I'm now seeing a lot of you over stabilizing! This
creates as many problems as you're trying to eliminate and
wasting money. Don't over stabilize, use 1 or 2 layers of the
correct stabilizer. Ask us about our commercial backings to get
the best possible results for all your embroidery needs!
4. I always start with a commercial fusible backing in the
appropriate weight for the fabric or garment I'm stitching on. We
have 3 weights of fusibles in both permanent-for dense
designs-and tear away. Two of them come in a generous 48"
5. If your skin is sensitive, we suggest using our soft tear
away backing under a fusible layer for any garments that will lay
next to the skin. The soft tear away is - also rated by the US
government - for use in children's sleep wear and is formaldehyde
6. If you enjoy creating wearable art that's quilted, stippled
or uses the trapunto technique, we have a great "fill" backing
that won't make your garment look like a down jacket and is dense
enough not to pull apart when it's laundered!
Sandy Carter is the author of embroidery articles at
embroidery designs by Thread
Artist. She has an article about embroidery software for
digitizing and lettering fonts at embroidery
software. There is free embroidery digitizing Tutorial at
this web address - embroidery
by Thread Artists Designs
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