One simple item can make puckers disappear!
Puckering is one of the biggest complaints of machine embroiderers. Recently, we discussed some tips for preventing puckering. Sometimes, even if you have used the right stabilizer, hooped properly, or used a proper fabric, you can still get puckers. Don’t get discouraged. Spray starch is actually your new super power against puckering.
Not only does Bonnie preshrink, spray starch and iron her fabric before embroidery, she spray starches and presses it after embroidery, too. From the back.
Bonnie sprays starch on the back of the embroidery, places it face-down on a towel that is on a hard, non-bouncy ironing surface, and smooths embroidery out as she presses. From the back. This video and blog show you how it is done.
Never iron embroidery from the front of the fabric. It flattens the embroidery. The reason that Bonnie’s embroidery looks nice and crisp and stands up on the fabric is that she presses her embroidery from the backside into a towel. The nap gives the embroidery somewhere to go while the fabric is pressed without flattening the stitching. Wool mats offer much the same protection to embroidery when ironing from the back.
Unless the design includes GlitterFlex or mylar, Bonnie likes to use the steam setting when pressing.
Give starching a try. It has saved many a project!