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Dressing Up T-Shirts with Neckline Designs

Dressing Up T-Shirts with
Neckline Designs

Free project instructions on how to embroider necklines.

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Free project instructions on how to embroider necklines.


Neckline designs are a fashionable way to update your wardrobe. Embroider a beautiful neckline on a T-shirt with these helpful tips and tricks regarding placement, stabilizer, and hooping!
 
Project Needs & Notes:

- Medium-weight (2.5 ounce) cutaway stabilizer
- Temporary spray adhesive (like Gunold KK100)
- T-shirt
- Air-erase pen for marking

Find the wide variety of stylish neckline embroidery designs from Embroidery Library right here.

Free video with instructions on how to embroider neckline designs.


You'll see that some designs are marked with the word "split." That means the file is split into two pieces. For those that have smaller hoops, but wish to embroider designs on a larger shirt, the split designs are useful. Project instructions below demonstrate how to work with whole and split versions.

Sizing Notes:

Embroidery Library has a neckline designs for crew neck and V-neck shirts. Each is offered in three sizes:

The largest size of the neckline designs fit a women's medium to 3X
The medium size of the neckline designs fit a child's small to women's small
The smallest size of the neckline designs fit 0-3 months to child's x-small

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Embroidering on T-Shirts Lookbook

 

Free project instructions on how to embroider necklines.
Begin by washing and drying the shirt to remove shrinkage.

A template, or printout of a design, is an excellent tool to help with placement.

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 so the neckline is about 2" down from the top shoulder seam, and centered between the sides.

Free project instructions on how to embroider necklines.
After the template is in the right spot, mark the center point and the vertical and horizontal axis lines. Those marks help to hoop the shirt straight.

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

Spray a piece of medium-weight cutaway stabilizer with temporary adhesive.

Smooth the stabilizer on the inside of the shirt, on the back of the area that will be embroidered.

Free project instructions on how to embroider necklines.
Turn the shirt right side out again. Slide the outer hoop inside the shirt.

Free project instructions on how to embroider necklines.
Press the inner hoop in place, lining up the marks on the shirt with the marks on the hoop.

Free project instructions on how to embroider necklines.
Roll the excess shirt up and clip it so nothing gets caught when the hoop is moving around.

Free project instructions on how to embroider necklines.
Attach the hoop to the machine and load the neckline design. Move the hoop so the needle is right over the center point.

Free project instructions on how to embroider necklines.
Embroider the design. For best results, use a size 11 or 75/11 embroidery needle to embroider on T-shirts. A ballpoint needle works well, too.

Free project instructions on how to embroider necklines.
After embroidering, turn the shirt inside out and cut the excess stabilizer away.

The stabilizer might look stiff at first, but it softens after a wash or two.

Free project instructions on how to embroider necklines.
Some neckline designs have coordinating pieces that can be added to the back of the shirt, too.

Free project instructions on how to embroider necklines.
Some neckline designs are marked with the word "split," and those are split into two pieces.

Those that have machines with smaller hoops but wish to embroider onto larger shirts will find the split files helpful.

When working with a split design, print a template of each design.

Arrange both templates on the shirt so they're lined up.

Free project instructions on how to embroider necklines.
Mark the center points and axis lines for each design.

Free project instructions on how to embroider necklines.
Embroider the first design (or one side of the neckline).

Free project instructions on how to embroider necklines.
After embroidering, cut the stabilizer away from the back.

Free project instructions on how to embroider necklines.
Then, embroider the other design, or other side of the neckline.

Marking the center points and axis lines helps to get everything lined up properly.

Free project instructions on how to embroider necklines.
The examples above were with crewneck shirts. There are many neckline designs for V-neck shirts, too.

The steps are very similar. Use a template, or printout of the design, to plan where to stitch.

Line up the V of the design with the V on the shirt.

Free project instructions on how to embroider necklines.
Mark the center point and the axis lines.

Free project instructions on how to embroider necklines.
Spray a piece of cutaway stabilizer with adhesive, and smooth that on the inside of the shirt.

Free project instructions on how to embroider necklines.
When hooping, line up the marks on the shirt with the marks on the hoop.

Free project instructions on how to embroider necklines.
Roll the excess up and out of the way.

Free project instructions on how to embroider necklines.
Attach the hoop to the machine, load the design, and move the hoop so the needle is right over the center point.

Embroider the design.

Free project instructions on how to embroider necklines.
Cut the excess stabilizer away.

Free project instructions on how to embroider necklines.
This Bold Butterfly Neckline design pops against the light pink background. What a gorgeous addition to any closet!

Free project instructions on how to embroider necklines.
Neckline designs are a beautiful way to dress up an ordinary shirt. The Daisy Paisley Neckline design stuns on this light blue shirt.

Free project instructions on how to embroider necklines.
V-neck shirts are a very popular style -- add this Blooming Blossoms Neckline (V-neck) design to really make your outfit stand out!

Free project instructions on how to embroider necklines.
Experiment with color combinations to add a unique look to your wardrobe, like the blue Ornate Swirls Neckline design on this deep burgundy shirt.

Dressing Up T-Shirts with Neckline Designs



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Products used in this Project:

Hibiscus Neckline (Crewneck) $4.99 - $5.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

9.39" x 5.90" | 6.84" x 4.33" | 5.26" x 3.33"