Embroidery Do’s and Don’ts – To Hoop or Not to Hoop

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Avoid common machine embroidery pitfalls.
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When embroidering knits, such as T-shirts, the fabric can stretch when hooped, especially if a firm, cut-away stabilizer is used in the hoop. Apply a tear-away, self-adhesive stabilizer to the hoop and then smooth the fabric onto the sticky surface. This method also is helpful for persons with a handicap, such as arthritis, that prevents them from effectively using the conventional two-ring hoops.

As mentioned earlier, the appropriate stabilizer for knits is cut-away. Because most self-adhesive stabilizers are tear-away, they’ll give good results on designs with light stitch counts, but often don’t hold up on denser or longer running designs. Add support to lightweight fabrics by fusing a soft interfacing, like tricot, on the fabric wrong side prior to sticking it to an adhesive stabilizer.

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