I have a confession. When it comes to machine embroidery, I am a newby. I love it, I’m just not very experienced. If you ask me to put a monogram on basic cotton, I am all over it, but anything beyond that I a refer to my embroidery bible or I ask Patti Lee, Sulky’s resident guru and VP of Consumer Relations.
Recently, I wanted to put this design onto t-shirt material, so I asked Patti what stabilizer I needed for this design. She said I needed to use Sulky Solvy® as a topper, Sulky Soft n Sheer Extra™ as a backing and Sulky Tender Touch™ for the back. Confession number 2: when she was telling me this, I thought, “She is just trying to sell extra stabilizer. I don’t need all that!” So I proceeded to my machine and embroidered the design using one layer of Sulky Tear-Easy on the back. I hooped the Sulky Tear-Easy and the t-shirt and this is the result:
Horrible, I know. Even after lots of steam and careful stretching, I could not iron the puckering out. Worst than that, the t-shirt was so distorted, I could no longer use it. So I got another shirt and tried again using all the stabilizers that Patti had recommended. I ironed the Sulky Soft ‘n Sheer Extra to the back of the t-shirt, put Sulky Solvy on top and hooped all of it. I stitched the design out using Sulky 40 wt Rayon on top and Sulky White Bobbin thread on the bottom. When complete, I pulled up the excess Soft ‘n Sheer Extra (you can heat it a bit with the iron if necessary) and then trimmed it with a pinking sheer for a no-show edge. I finished it off by cutting a piece of Sulky Tender Touch with a wavy blade rotary cutter (again, because the t-shirt is white and I didn’t want any stabilizer to show through) and ironed it over the back of the design. This is the result:
Needless to say, I had to call Patti and eat crow. I promised I would never doubt her again. Here is the comparison:
Alright, now it’s your turn! What’s your embroidery confession of the day?