The stretch and texture of ribbed knit t-shirts present interesting challenges for the embroiderer. The fabric should be stretched during the embroidery process so it doesn’t ripple or tear when worn but the stretch should be controlled during the embroidery process. Here’s how to do it.
Select a water soluble adhesive stabilizer and remove the protective paper. Carefully stretch the design area to mimic how the garment will stretch when worn. Place the stretched fabric onto the sticky stabilizer. If the garment is for you, just put the garment on inside out and then place the sticky stabilizer on the design area. Remove the garment.
Slip the metal frame of Snap Hoop Monster inside the shirt centering the design area. Snap the magnetic top in place. Nest the shirt around the design area, use painter’s tape to hold the shirt out of the needle area.
I selected Urban Threads’ Anatomical Hand to decorate this t-shirt.
This very cool design features fill stitches with delicate outlines. Due to the hills and valleys of the ribbed knit, I was worried the fill stitches would cave into the ribs so I placed a piece of crisp (or lightweight) tear-away over the design area.
After stitching color 1, the fill stitches, I carefully pulled away the excess stabilizer.
I added a piece of film-type water soluble stabilizer over the design before stitching colors 2, the shading and 3, the outline.
Here’s the key, use a tear-away that rips clean. It will feel stiff in your hand, unlike a soft tear-away (or medium weight) that tears with a jagged edge and has a softer drape. The final colors – the shading and outline- will cover any pokies remaining from the crisp tear-away. The fabric won’t bleed through and the embroidery won’t sink into the garment even after laundering.
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