Have you ever noticed that when you have a white t-shirt and a white stabilizer, the two layers of white make it extra white and you get a shadow? I’ll show you how to make sure that doesn’t happen!
Last week, in my blog on hooping Onesies, I mentioned that you should match the stabilizer color to the complexion of the baby. That works equally well with any t-shirt and especially with knits.
You always, always, always need to use a cutaway stabilizer when embroidering on knits. I use a fusible no-show mesh but, instead of putting white stabilizer behind a white shirt, I match the stabilizer color to the complexion of the person that is going to wear the item.
I've double layered the white stabilizer behind my pretty Calico from Purr-fect Buddies, it's extra white. Where you can see just one layer of white fabric it's not nearly as white. It really distracts from the embroidery to have this white billboard behind the design.
A white stabilizer behind a white or light-colored shirt makes the shirt opaque where the stabilizer is. To me, it’s like wearing a sign. Your embroidery is framed by a brighter white (stabilizer + shirt) surrounded by a regular white (the shirt alone). I like for my embroidery to stand out and not the stabilizer behind it. That's why I like to match my stabilizer, if I can, to the complexion of the baby, if is a Onesie, or to the recipient, if it is a shirt.
Mesh stabilizers come in shades of black, white, and nude. The nude color blends better with most complexions and gives a more even appearance without such sharp contrast between the shirt, the person, and the embroidery.
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May your day be blessed with perfect stitches and GlitterFlex!!