Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Cover those scratchy stitches!
After trying many methods, this is my personal favorite when embellishing a t-shirt with embroidery (or even applique depending on the thread used).
Pre-wash the t-shirt prior to embellishing, if it is a fabric which shrinks. I use 100% cotton and always read the label to see if it was already treated for shrinkage.
I press the t-shirt to ensure there are no wrinkles and then with an embroidery adhesive I put one layer of wash away stabilizer on the wrong side of the fabric. This anchors the stretch on the area I will be embroidering.
I use clamp frames so this is where your method may vary: I hoop the shirt with one extra layer of wash-away stabilizer. If you feel the design stitches will sink in, you can add a topper to the sandwich. I did not use a topper for the Ts shown here.
Once the embroidery is complete, I wash out the water soluble stabilizer thoroughly, allow to dry and then press from the wrong side. I then add a fusible piece of Cloud Cover Stitch over the design in the back. I can't tell you just how great this product is for covering scratchy stitches. This is what it looks like from the wrong side with this wonderful fusible stitch cover applied. You cannot see it on the front at all in the baby shirts pictured. What you can see is that I should clip the threads closer, but you can't see that either from the front! Now I need to get out my ribbons and add a designing touch to the shirts and make coordinating socks!