Embroidery Hub Ep. 49: 5 Embroidery Tips for Textured Fabrics

Embroidery Hub Ep. 49: 5 Embroidery Tips for Textured Fabrics


if you’ve ever tried embroidering
textured fabrics you may have run into some issues getting your design to
appear nicely on your fabric so in this episode I’m gonna share five tips for
you to employ while you’re embroidering on your textured fabric so that you can
make sure that your design comes out really nice crisp and clean so before we
get started I just want to remind you guys that if you have any questions at
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video so without further ado let’s get started so for those of you who are not
sure what I mean when I say textured fabrics what I mean by that is fabrics
that literally have texture to it when you touch them or fabrics that have
holes or any naps and the fabrics any ribs
that would be your textured fabrics so we’re talking about towels could beam
it’s like sweater knits to be pleased could be a corduroy that has those
really deep ribs which is like those narrow kind of little openings so really
anything that has texture to it would be considered a textured fabric and now the
tips I’m going to share with you might depend on the type of texture that
you’re working with but for the most part these will apply to all so let’s go
ahead and get started so tip number one is to cover all your bases and what I
mean by that is to make sure that you are using the correct materials to begin
with so with most textured fabrics you’re going to be using your 7511 sharp
point needle and that is your standard embroidery needle that you will be using
with most embroidery projects and you will also use cutaway backing which is
again the most universal and the strongest type of backing you can also
use tearaway really depending on the stretch of the garment which I’ll get
into in just a minute so for some instances you’re not gonna want to use
cutaway because perhaps you don’t want your backing showing through for
whatever reason so if that’s the case you can use your chair way but
you’re gonna have to keep some things in mind number one is that your design
cannot be that heavy when it comes to stitch count so you can’t have like a
really intricate or high sit account design because you have to remember that
this will be washed if you’re gonna wash this item frequently then the stitches
need to have a foundation to hold onto which is why cut away is the best option
for your stabilizer so if you are gonna use a tearaway that’s going to if you
are gonna use a tearaway stabilizer and it’s gonna be washed frequently make
sure that it’s a simple low stitch count design that doesn’t need that much
foundation to hold on to but for the most part you should use a cutaway for
instance right here on this really stretchy textured fabric I use cutaway
backing and adhesive spray which is what I recommend when you have that really
stretchy textured fabrics such as knits which this is a knit but then when you
have this type of textured fabric which is just as you can see the stretch is
very minimal you can go ahead and use tearaway and you won’t have any back
problems so right here we use tear away and there was no problems because it’s a
very simple design and it’s also very low stretch I also mentioned earlier
that you should use your sharp point needle for most textured embroidery
projects however you should look at the stretch of the fabric in order to
determine whether you’re gonna use a sharp or ballpoint now most of the time
you’re going to be using your shirt points but there’s some instances where
you might want to use a ballpoint and that is mostly going to be for your thin
stretchy knits so here for example this it is stretchy because it’s a towel but
it’s not too stretchy that the stretch is not it’s pretty minimal so I use an
80 12 sharp needle and the reason why I use 80 12 of course is because I was
using a thicker metallic thread so I needed a larger needle to get in there
but I was able to get in with my sharp point and just fine but here for
instance you might want to test it out on materials like this because this is a
lot stretch here and a lot more delicate however I did use a 75 11 sharp point
needle for this project I didn’t want to clarify that a used star point on this
knit but that’s because it was a thicker knit so I felt comfortable enough to be
able to use my 75 11 sharp how ever if it was a little bit thinner I
would definitely go with a ballpoint needle tip number two kind of goes
hand-in-hand with tip number one and that is to use your water soluble
stabilizer as a topping and what I mean by topping is that it’s just going to go
on the top of your embroidery so you will hoop your embroidery as as usual
you would put your backing under your fabric and then you would place a sheet
of water soluble stabilizer on top and what that’s going to do is that’s going
to help prevent the stitches from sinking into the fabric so it’s gonna
make it pop out more so you’re definitely gonna want to use this
because the fabric is so textured that sometimes the stitches especially if
they’re details they might get lost in the fabric so in order to prevent that
you want to use your topping now when it comes to topping you can either poop it
altogether with your fabric or you can kind of just float it on top and what I
mean by floating is that you’re just going to place it on top and then once
the Machine starts stitching it’ll stitch it enough so that it kind of
holds on by itself without you know while it stitches so I would recommend
actually hooping it you don’t have to all the time it depends on your design
but if you have a heavier design I mean a heavier like a higher stitch count
design or more details going on then I would recommend looping it with with it
on because if you float it on top you run the risk of it kind of bunching up
so that’s just one of the mistakes that you want to avoid so you can try both
ways and see what works for you but I recommend just looping it together tip
number three has to do with the design choice and typically when you’re
embroidering on textured fabrics you want to avoid light open designs with
the exception of a few which I will explain later but most thing you want to
have designs that have solid fills and you also want to get designs like these
that consist of satin stitches because those light little
running stitches are just not gonna show up on your fabric so this right here is
a good example of a design that would look really well on textured fabrics
such as towels this would come out and appear very nicely because as you can
see it has the side of the stitches I talked about and it has fills not too
many open areas so this will look really nice on a textured fabric now this for
example would probably not come out as good a design like this that has a lot
of open areas and that’s gonna get lost in your fabric so you might want to
consider embroidering designs more like this if you’re going to work with those
type of fabric so tip number four kind of contradicts with tip number three a
little bit because I did mention not to go with designs that are open but when I
mean by open is that you don’t want too many little open spaces and very thin
stitches instead if you want to go with an open design you should use a
technique called and bossing and what that is really is it’s kind of like an
applique where your fabric is going to be kind of the center of attention
except you’re not gonna use your applique fabric you’re gonna use your
own fabric your textured fabric so for instance you would want the the design
to be like a satin border and then the open areas of the design will be filled
in with your textured fabric so it comes out to be really nice you can do emboss
like monograms on a towel and that turns out to be really nice and typically when
you do the embossing technique you use the same color thread as your fabric or
like a variation of that color to make it pop out and you get a really nice
kind of effect on your textured fabric where you’re kind of using the texture
to your advantage so the embossing tip on its own is a whole separate topic so
if you guys want I can make a video on it for you guys so you can see how it’s
done it’s actually quite easy but it’s a really nice effect so it’s something
that you to keep in mind when you have to
embroider on these types of fabrics and now tip number five is to create a
knockdown stitch now for those of you who don’t know what that is
that’s actually just a stitch that’s gonna act as a foundation for the rest
of your boy dream and really all it is is that it’s just going to be a stitch
in the same color as the fabric that you’re embroidering on now the key is
that’s the exact same fabric the same color as the fabric so that it isn’t too
obvious but so what’s that that’s going to do is that it’s just going to knock
down the rest of your texture and then it’s going to provide a clean flat
surface for your stitches to avoid iran and you’ll be able to see all of the
designs all of the details and your designs when you embroider it with that
knockdown stitch on the bottom so it won’t limit you the good thing is that
it won’t limit you to what type of designs you can use so there you have it
these are our five tips for embroidering on textured fabrics if you do want to
see any single one of these tips in depth you want to see how it’s done go
ahead at least a comment below and let us know what tip you want to see we can
do the knockdown stitch we can do the embossing really anything that you want
to see we if enough people comment on it then we will make a video for you guys
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