Cold weather calls for cozy fabrics like Minky, faux fur and lofty knits. As wonderful as they are to wear, they present challenges when it’s time to add embroidery to them. First, their fibers creep over embroidery camouflaging the beautiful stitches. Second, since they’re lofty and bulky, they’re hard to hold in a hoop.
Inspiration’s Perfect Embroidery Pro’s Nap Blocker feature is the answer for taming the fibers. Nap Blocker adds a layer of complex fill stitches that’s just light enough to flatten the lofty fibers creating a smooth surface for the embroidery. Here’s how to do it in PEP.
Select the Text tool and type JOY in the Properties Box. I used the Bookman font.
Select the design, right click to access the command menu. Select Utility, Nap Blocker.
Instantly, a layer of complex fill is added to the design in the first color position.
The fill extends .15” beyond the design to ensure any long fibers will not obstruct the embroidery. You can change this by selecting the fill only and resizing.
Notice how the complex fill is placed at the beginning of the design in the color sequence.
Stitch the complex fill in the same color thread as the fabric. This is key because you want these stitches to disappear behind the beautiful embroidery. And…you don’t have to use a topper when you use Nap Blocker. How sweet is that?
Now to hoop – I use Snap Hoop Monster for all lofty fabrics because the magnetic flat frame does not leave hoop burn. My 5” x 7” is my go-to hoop for these bulky fabrics – its strong grip does a great job for monogramming and more!
PEP and Snap Hoop Monster are a powerful combination for furry fibers. Use it for Christmas stockings, faux fur throws and Minky blankets.
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Karen5 years ago
Thanks for the tip!
susan james5 years ago
cannot get utility choice when right clicking, therefore unable to get nap blocker. what is wrong?
Lina5 years ago
Very interesting blog Thanks for a great explanation.keep up the Good work..