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Thread: Help!! on decorative stitch patterns

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    Barb V's Avatar
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    I didn't know under what topic I should put this question, so here it goes.

    I have a 2 year old Kenmore Elite sewing machine which is computerised. It has a lot of different stitches which I have never tried.

    WELL, my daughter just gave me call and asked me if I would put her name on the front of her uniform shirts. The machine will do both Block and Scrip style letters. Find. so I did some practicing. BUT, the practice deal doesn't look that great, due to the fact that the stitches are thin. (If that makes sense) I am using regular polyester thread. Should I be using a different weight thread in both top and bobbin?? and if so, what kind.

    Thanks for your help

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    There is polyester embroidery thread -- thicker than the regular sewing thread. It comes in a few colors, not a lot. I've used it in both the bobbin and the top.

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    Also, be sure you are using a stabilizer on the wrong side of the shirt, under the letters. That makes a world of difference in how the lettering looks.

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    Thanks for the information on the thread. AND on the subject of stabilizer, are you speaking about interfacing?
    Again, thanks for the help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb V
    Thanks for the information on the thread. AND on the subject of stabilizer, are you speaking about interfacing?
    Again, thanks for the help.
    No, it is called "stabilizer" and comes in a number of forms--some wash away when you are done, others look like interfacing/pellon and are not so completely removed. Some you just leave on, trimmed close to the stitching. I have purchased most of what I have at the Bernina shop, but I've seen them in JoAnne's.
    Good luck.


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    You might also try double thread in the needle. Gives a much better look. If you don't have 2 posts on the machine, you could try winding a bobbin with the same thread and put it on top of the spool and thread the both into the needle. I just thread the machine as usual only use 2 threads instead of one.

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    I know exactly what you mean by "thin". If your machine is like mine the script and block letters are small and insubstantial... not at all like what you would get from an embroidery machine. It is great for making quilt labels but I haven't found another application that it looks good in.

    Lori

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