When manufacturers make fabric, they don't
anticipate that anything will be added to it. When we embroider on
fabric, the weight and tension of the stitches adds stress to the
fabric. Stabilizer and hooping work to counteract that stress.
When embroidering a design, focus on three factors:
Choose fabric that will support the complexity of the design. Light and
open designs can be stitched on nearly any kind of fabric. More complex
designs perform best on sturdier fabrics.
Once you have your design and fabric choice, choose the stabilizer that
will support the fabric. The lighter or weaker the fabric, the sturdier
the stabilizer. The sturdier the fabric, the lighter the stabilizer. For
example, Jersey knits, quilter's cotton, fleece, and terrycloth are all
"weak" fabrics, so will require cutaway stabilizer. Canvas and duck
cloth are sturdier fabrics, so in many cases will only need tear-away
Puckering occurs most often when using tear-away stabilizer with light
or stretchy fabrics. To avoid or eliminate puckering, use a
medium-weight cutaway stabilizer.
Over the past several years we've published dozens of
Fabrics 101 articles that demonstrate how to embroider on different
types of fabrics. You'll find a list of those articles here. We're
always adding more, so check that list often, and send ideas for new
When setting up the fabric and stabilizer for embroidery, we find that
using a temporary adhesive spray between the two is great for getting a
nice, tight bond. We use Gunold's KK100 adhesive sprays. Just a quick,
light spritz on the stabilizer, then smooth the fabric on top. Hoop both
together firmly. If your hoop has weakened over years of creative use,
then consider using rubberized shelf liner to get an extra-tight grip.
More helpful information is provided in the article,
All Puckered Out. And, excellent tips for hooping -- including using
rubberized shelf liner -- are in this
Perfect Hooping with Anne Campbell article.
If you'd like additional assistance after reviewing those articles,
please send an email
**Your order number
**The name of the design that you are working with
**The type of fabric you are using
**The kind of stabilizer (tear-away, cutaway, water-soluble) you are
**A description of where the puckering occurs
Include all of the above information in your email.
We'll be glad to review the information and the design!