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SunQuilts 10-19-2019 12:56 PM

Which stabilizer to use
Which stabilizer would you recommend I use to embroider a 12000 stitch design on a medium wt tee shirt? I would like the final design to drape as nicely as possible. I am planning to embroider on a skirted tee, sort of a tunic. Thanks

Barb2018 10-19-2019 01:09 PM

What size is the design? Are you doing 12000 stitches on a design that is small or a bigger size? If it's a small size it's possible that the fabric just won't take the design.

SunQuilts 10-19-2019 01:54 PM

I did a test on an old tee shirt using medium wt cutaway and it stitched out nicely but a bit stiffer thanks I would like. The design measures about 4 x7. I am hoping to use a softer stabilizer.

Rhonda K 10-19-2019 02:13 PM

I would use a cut away and hoop the item. Add a layer of water solvable topping and then stitch out the design. The WSS topping prevents the stitches from sinking into the material.

when finished cut the cut away from the back. Leave about 1/2 inch. Iron a thin fusible like no show mesh or sheer magic over the stitched design ( on the back).

It will keep the threads from being scratchy.

Rhonda K 10-19-2019 02:16 PM

This is a light weight one.


SunQuilts 10-20-2019 07:47 AM

Thanks Rhonda. I actually have some of that one hand Think I will do another test on an old tee shirt.

Rhonda K 10-20-2019 08:52 AM

Two concepts from our LQS that I will share with you.

First one is fuse if you can fuse. Second one is if you wear it, don't tear it (meaning tear-away stabilizer).

More tips here.


Free workbooks and guide here.


Good luck!

SunQuilts 10-21-2019 08:13 AM

Thanks again, Rhonda, for all the information and links. Lots to read there.

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