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Embroidering on Pique

Free project instructions to embroider on pique. Free project instructions to embroider a towel border with an animal design.

Free project instructions to embroider on pique.


Pique polo shirts are ever stylish, and popular to embroider on. Create a custom look for a specific sport, team, or interest to customize your pique shirt with embroidery.
 
Project Needs & Notes:

- Pique / polo shirt
- Medium-weight cutaway stabilizer or
  no-show mesh
- Temporary spray adhesive (like Gunold KK100)
- Air-erase pen for marking

Designs featured in this tutorial and video are:

D9986, Filigree Sewing Machine 1
L3740, Swedish Pig Silhouette
C7854, Lady Luck Club
K4688, Beer Is My Superpower
F5628, Northwoods Silhouette Buck
 

Free video with instructions on how to embroider on pique.



Pique shirts are cotton, or a cotton and polyester blend. Wash and dry pique shirts before you begin embroidering on them.

Free project instructions to embroider on pique.
A template is a printout of a design, and it's an excellent tool to plan where to stitch.

Print a template of the design from your embroidery software.
If you do not have embroidery software, Wilcom's TrueSizer is
a free program to use.

Arrange the template on the shirt. Usually a design is placed so the top is about 4 1/2" down from the left shoulder seam, centered between the button placket and the side seam.

Free project instructions to embroider on pique.
After you have the template where you want to stitch the design, mark the center point as well as the vertical and horizontal axis lines.

Those marks help to hoop the shirt straight.

Free project instructions to embroider on pique.
Turn the shirt inside out.

Spray a piece of cutaway stabilizer with temporary adhesive.

Free project instructions to embroider on pique.
Smooth the stabilizer onto the inside of the shirt on the back of where you'll be embroidering.

Free project instructions to embroider on pique.
Turn the shirt right side out.

Slide the outer hoop inside the shirt.

Press the inner hoop in place, lining up the marks on the fabric with the marks on the hoop.

Free project instructions to embroider on pique.
Roll the excess up and out of the way so nothing gets caught while embroidering.

Hair clips are helpful for securing the fabric out of the way.

Free project instructions to embroider on pique.
Attach the hoop to the machine and load the design.

Move the hoop so the needle is right over the center point.

Embroider the design. A size 11 or 75/11 embroidery needle is a nice choice when embroidering on pique.

Free project instructions to embroider on pique.
After embroidering, turn the shirt inside out.

Cut the excess stabilizer away from the back, leaving about 1/2" around the design.

Free project instructions to embroider on pique.
Sometimes when embroidering on a light-colored shirt, a ridge from the stabilizer may show through.

No-show mesh is softer, thinner, and more flexible than a traditional cutaway. It should not leave a noticeable ridge.

Free project instructions to embroider on pique.
When choosing designs for pique polo shirts, choose lighter and simpler designs.

Avoid heavy or complex designs, as those will drape poorly on the pique fabric.

Free project instructions to embroider on pique.
Here, this filigree sewing machine design adds a crafty look to a polo shirt. Perfect for sewers, quilters, or embroiderers!

Free project instructions to embroider on pique.
Lighter, simpler designs, like this pig silhouette, offer the best results when embroidering on pique polo shirts.

Free project instructions to embroider on pique.
The light and open areas of this one-color deer design allows the fabric to drape well after embroidering.

Free project instructions to embroider on pique.
A simple, three-color club design is the perfect size for embroidering on a polo shirt. Great for poker night or card parties.


Stitching tips for pique:
 

Needle 75/11 or size 11 embroidery needle.
 
Stabilizer A medium-weight cutaway stabilizer (2.5 ounces) is a good choice.
No-show mesh is a light and flexible kind of cutaway, and can also be used.
 
Design Choice Choose designs with low to medium complexity.
   


Questions or comments? Let us know! Send an email to us; the address is stitch@emblibrary.com.

Products used in this Project:

Filigree Sewing Machine 1 $3.99 - $4.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

6.81" x 4.61" | 3.86" x 2.63"

Swedish Pig Silhouette $3.99 - $5.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

6.00" x 4.29" | 3.85" x 2.76"

Lady Luck Heart $4.99

Available in 1 Size:

3.84" x 3.75"

Lady Luck Diamond $4.99

Available in 1 Size:

2.88" x 3.79"

Lady Luck Spade $4.99

Available in 1 Size:

3.69" x 3.84"

Lady Luck Club $4.99

Available in 1 Size:

3.61" x 3.86"

Northwoods Silhouette Buck $2.99 - $4.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

5.85" x 8.02" | 4.84" x 6.63" | 2.81" x 3.85"