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If you are looking to enhance your skills and expertise in the machine embroidery industry, then it becomes imperative to know about all the aspects and technicalities of the industry process. In this easy to read few minutes blog, we will about one of the most important embroidery processes that are machine embroidery on stretched fabrics.
The stretched fabric material is usually swimwear, knits, and the like. To do machine embroidery on these materials is kind of tricky. But, there are some tips and tricks that you can follow to be successful in embroidering stretched fabrics through the machine.
Without further ado, let’s jump to the tips!
It may sound a bit weird, but choosing the right design can set your piece apart from others. When you are embroidering on material like knitting, it is important to choose an open and airy design. It will allow the fabric to drape well after it is stitched.
Designs that are densely stitched or have large solid-areas of embroidery can result in a bumpy design that will be unappealing. The designs will look distorting and puckering. It is always a wise step to avoid areas that large and has continuous embroidery.
This can help you a lot when you are performing machine embroidery.
It is another crucial step for embroidering on stretched materials. A bonus tip here is to use the nylon mesh cut-away stabilizer. However, it depends on the embroiodery design as discussed above. Use a fusible cut-away stabilizer having a medium weight to stop the fabric from shifting.
To avoid any mishandling, you can practice on a scrap before you go to the final design embroidery. And test-wash the sample material to see how it reacts after laundering. Another tip is to use a needle when doing machine embroidery on stretch fabrics. This will help to prevent any damage during the process.
You can take a rounded tip needle-like of a ballpoint. It will push the fabric aside when stitching rather than piercing into the fabric. Lightweight knits can be embroidered with a needle having a size 70/10. On the other hand, the heavyweight knit requires a needle size of 80/12. You may want to slow your machine speed for the small needle tips to reduce friction.
When you are embroidering on stretched fabrics, remember to always pre-wash the fabric before embroidering. This will support the fabric to pre-shrink and will help to reduce the puckering when laundering the finished output. If you don’t wash the material or fabric, it becomes harder to know whether it will shrink or not after laundering.
Fabrics like knits will stretch out when hooped. This can cause image distortion. To prevent this problem, what you can do is not hoop the fabric with the stabilizer. You can hoop the stabilizer tightly. After that, spray the stabilizer with a temporary spray adhesive.
Make sure to place the fabric over the finger press and tacky stabilizer. Also, check if there are any wrinkles in the fabric and remove them. You can use the perimeter-baste function to protect the fabric to the stabilizer. It will aid in the placement of it at the same time.
This is the last step. Once you are done with all the technical stuff, it is time for some finishing and makes your embroidery artwork look amazing. Start off with trimming away the stabilizer somewhere between ¼ to ⅜ or beyond depending on the design.
You may want to cover the wrong side of embroidery with fusible tricot if the embroidery threads or stabilizer are making a hindrance to the skin. Lastly, to soften the stabilizer before wearing, launder the finished garment multiple times.
These are some of the most useful tips and tricks for machine embroidery on stretched fabrics. Once you master the technicalities, the opportunities are endless. Imagine the limitless ways of machine embroidered sports undies, undergarments, leggings, shirts and much more. All you need is to follow these tips and play around with the fabric.
If you still have questions about the machine embroidery on stretched fabrics, you can contact us by sending a message. Our customer care team will be happy to assist you.
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