When working with
complex designs, consider the following:
- Use a sturdy
fabric; denim, canvas, linen, chamois, corduroy, flannel, and
home decor fabrics are all considered "sturdy." Sturdy fabrics
provide a good foundation for designs that have high stitch
- Use one piece of
medium-weight cutaway stabilizer. Complex designs have a high
stitch count, and tear-away stabilizer will not work well. The
needle perforations disintegrate the stabilizer, leaving
nothing behind to support the fabric.
are tempted to use multiple pieces of stabilizer when working
with complex designs. However, using multiple pieces of
stabilizer dulls the needle faster, resulting in larger holes
in the fabric, fuzzy stitches, and numerous thread breaks. One
piece of stabilizer is sufficient.
- Use a sharp
needle (not an embroidery needle). Complex designs often use
layering of thread colors. A small, sharp sewing needle will
do a great job when your machine is stitching one color over
another. An embroidery needle has a rounded tip, and doesn't
work as well.
- Hoop the fabric
with the stabilizer tightly. Using a spray adhesive in-between
fabric and stabilizer works very well to keep a tight bond.
Also, review these Perfect Hooping tips -- especially the one
about using rubberized shelf liner to get an extra-good grip!
- Do not resize
the design. Resizing designs on a machine or with an
embroidery editing program can cause other problems, such as
altered fills, gapping, and "muddy" features.
- For more
details, the tutorial
Embroidering Complex Designs expands
further on the above concepts.
If you have
questions about working with complex designs, please let us
know. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and include:
- Your order
- Name of the design
- A description of the
- Type of fabric and stabilizer that you are using
- Needle type
We'll be glad to help!
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