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Thread: looking for advice on hand embroidering a sweatshirt

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    Hi,
    I found some nice sweatshirts at Target tonight in great colors. I'd like to embroider some little designs on them - snowflakes etc. What would you recommend for a stabilizer? Can I find that type at Joann's? And should I use a hoop in addition?
    I'd like to use regular DMC floss.
    Thanks in advance,
    lots2do

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    I have hand embroider T shirts before. Flowers, vines, butterflies,bees and dragonflies. I used a medium stabilizer and it was tear away. Worked aout real good. Made 2 dozen and sold all in one day. Of course that was a number of years ago. The vines started on one shoulder and went down the back then back around the front. They were so cute. Good luck with them. I use DMC floss also.

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    What kind of embroidery do you plan to use? I use waste canvas to keep my stitches straight. As for estabilizer, you really don't need one for sweatshirts. T-shirts need it because they are thinner. Waste canvas is a grid that you pin to the shirt, stitch, wet and pull away.

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    I got a new embroidery book from Nancy's Notions and am going to try one of her methods. You draw your design on a piece of tissue paper, pin it to your surface and stitch over it and then remove. (Kind of like a stabilizer on the front)...
    Probably mostly running stitches etc.
    I found some sulky stabilizer to try but I've got to find my Joann's coupon first.
    Thanks! :)

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