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From: sewingnanny
Date: 03-24-2007, 11:27 AM (1 of 2)
I have to embroidery on knit fabric, T-shirts...
I hate knit, can someone advise me how to stop the stitches from looking bunchy...
what needles do you advise me to use,
I was going to try polyester thread for a change I understand it is less likely to break then rayon
Stablizers, what should I use. Cut away light on bottom and anything else - is it not scratchy?
What about top, should I use a wash away ?

User: sewingnanny
Member since: 06-19-2004
Total posts: 3
From: paroper
Date: 03-24-2007, 09:08 PM (2 of 2)
I do my t-shirt embroidery hoopless. I use two layers of Polymesh cut away hooped tightly, sprayed with 505. I DO baste the t-shirt to the hoop. Gently lay the t-shirt on the hoop in the proper position, should it be crooked, lift the entire shirt and reposition. If you are doing a dense design, you may actually need 3 layers of polymesh but 2 will generally do it. Extremely dense designs do not do well on t-shirts as they tend to pyramid out from the shirt. There should be no real reason to need a solvy topper as the purpose of that is to hold down pile or loops which your t-shirt more than likely won't have.

If you are doing something very light like an initial or a redwork design, I would use a 10-12 (fine) ball point needle. If your t-shirt is very light weight I would probably still use a ball point. However, if the design is solid and your t-shirt is a little heavier cotton t-shirt I would use a size 10-12 sharp point needle. The sharp point needle penetrates the design better than the ball point so you should be less prone to looping of threads on top of the design.

Bernina 200e, Artista V5 Designer Plus, Explorations, Magic Box, Bernina 2000DE & 335 Bernette Serger, Bernina 1530 Sewing Machine, Bernina 1300 DC Overlock (with coverstitch)
User: paroper
Member since: 02-03-2004
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