Last Updated on January 3, 2019 by wendigratz
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Sign up for Embroidery 101 here. You’ll learn how to get started, the tools and supplies you’ll need, the four most basic stitches, how to transfer your pattern and how to display your work.
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I love to embroider on T-shirts, but you can’t just pop a stretchy fabric into a hoop and start stitching away. Well – you can – but the results will be terrible. The fabric will stretch but your stitches will not, so when you take it out of the hoop you’ll have big, loopy, awful stitches.
There’s one simple thing you need to do in order to do hand embroidery on knit fabric. Trick it into thinking it’s a woven fabric! The secret is stabilizer.
I mentioned a product in the video and promised a link in the post – so here it is. The product is called Sulky Totally Stable. But. . .
Update – After I recorded this video I discovered another product that I like even better for hand embroidery on knit fabric. It’s so fabulous it gets its own video – you can watch it here. I don’t mention stretchy fabrics in that video – but I’ve tested it on T-shirts since then and it’s an absolute dream. No marking on the T-shirt, totally stable to stitch, and no stabilizer bits to pick out of the back – it just rinses away like magic. And I love magic.
Go grab a plain T-shirt and embroider something fun on it. 🙂 (If you’re looking for that cute puppy – you can find the pattern here.)