Does your t-shirt and sweatshirt embroidery pucker? These tips will help!
Because we love to wear them, they are easy to find, and are typically pretty affordable, t-shirts and sweatshirts are a favorite choice among machine embroiderers. The design may look great in the hoop, but when you remove it, you have puckers everywhere. Why?
There are several reasons that this can happen and these tips will help avoid all of them.
Add a Fusible on the Backside
Even though many sweatshirts and t-shirts are made of cotton, it is a cotton knit, which means that it stretches. Many also include polyester in the blend, making them even more unstable.
I like to add a piece of fusible mesh or fusible tearaway stabilizer on the back side (inside) of the shirt where I am embroidering. That helps to keep the knit from stretching as you hoop it. It can be easily trimmed or removed after embroidery.
Use a Cutaway in the Hoop
Most wearables dictate using a cutaway stabilizer in the hoop. That is especially true with stretchable fabrics. Cutaway stabilizer helps to keep everything in place.
Don’t Pull in the Hoop
Once hooped, it is tempting to tug on the shirt to get it snug. What really happens is that you put stress on the fabric. It will look great in the hoop, but when you release the tension by taking it out of the hoop, the fibers will snap back and puckers will show up everywhere.
Stitch with a Topper
Knits do have some depth to them, certainly more than quilting cottons.
Using a topper helps to keep the embroidery from sinking into the shirt. You can tear-away a water-soluble topper, and what is left underneath the stitches will eventually wash away when laundered. Even multi-layered applique toppers remove cleanly. There is also an easy way to remove toppers that are too small to tear away.
Bonnie's Airplane Adventures embroidery is perfection, even with solid lettering.
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