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From: bridesmom
Date: 03-23-2006, 01:02 AM (1 of 2)
I have got the diamond thread stabilizer chart and some other charts,but I am finding when I embroider a solid design on a tshirt knit that the embroidery is pushing the fabric to one side and puckering it, then the design isn't matching up. This is the 3rd one that has done that to me. I am using a cutaway stabilizer, spraying it with 505, laying the fabric on it and hooping it. I also tried doing it by just basting the fabric to the stabilizer and not hooping it. What else can I try now, or what am I doing wrong???? These aren't big designs, they are on a 6 month old size tshirt.
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From: paroper
Date: 03-23-2006, 04:18 AM (2 of 2)
THe key is in the stabilizer. I usually use Polymesh which is a cut away stabilizer. I'm sure yours is fine. Try 2 layers of stabilzer. When you finish you can grade the stabilizer away from the garment. Do it hoopless (as you are doing) because you aren't going to want to stretch the t-shirt when you do what I am saying. Hoop that stabilizer so tight that the army would accept it! I hoop mine as tight as a drum. As you tighten the screw, the stabilizer will wrinke. Pull it tight as you go. It is fine. A good stabilizer will not stretch. Now, spray the top of the stabilizer with 505. Gently center and lay the shirt on top of the stabilzer. If you need to reposition, lift the shirt and lay it again to prevent stretching or getting the shirt off grain. 505 Is great stuff but sometimes the weight of the shirt will pull the shirt loose (some). Pin baste around the inside edge of the shirt or baste. When I say pin baste, I mean put those pins one right after the other, not one on a side. It is natural for the motion of the needle to cause the design to cave and pull into itself. You need to have everything very stable before you start. I did all of these steps with one layer of stabilzer and still had problems until my dealer suggested two layers. I thought she was out to sell more expensive stabilzer...but I tried it and she was absolutely right. I now use two layers on most anything unless my stabilzer is exceptionally thick.

If you weren't having the puckering I would also tell you to check the design. Sometimes the design outline is off. You can always just take a close look in the software if you have it to make sure that the outline is in the proper place. Usually if you have puckering AND an irregular outline though it is in the hooping.

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