Without any doubt, sweaters are an integral part of our dressing. All cultures, all genders, all age groups have a place for sweaters. A well designed sweater looks cool and fashionable. Embroidering beautifies it even more. How can embroidering be done correctly? We will be having a look at that.
Traditionally, sweaters were made from wool i.e. alpaca or sheep wool. In modern times, sweaters are made from cotton, synthetic fibers, wool, or different blends of the three fibers. Depending on the material used and how sewing is done, the sweater may be light or heavy.
Embroidering sweater knits is often tricky. The fabric may pucker and unevenly stretch. The design may disappear into the threads or even the whole design cut off the garment during sewing. Totally undesired. Here are a few tips to make your embroidering successful.
Pre-embroidery Preparation Tips
The whole essence of preparation is to stabilize the fabric that will be embroidered. This will ensure the fabric will not pucker or distort during the embroidery process. It’s achieved using various techniques like hooping, topping, spray adhesives, backing or dissipation.
Turn the sweater inside out and fix the hoop. The hoop is meant to pre stretch the fabric (to mimic the stretch when the sweater will be worn) before embroidery so it will lie properly when worn. Then a soft and medium weight cut-away stabilizer is applied to hold the fabric in position and additionally ensure it will not spread during the embroidery process.
It’s advisable to use a hoop whose size is as close as possible to the size of the design. The backing and hoops should be fastened by adhesives to prevent stretching during embroidering and slipping when the machine is running. Adhesive backed stabilizers work well with most sweater knits.
Add plastic or water soluble topping if the design lacks significant amount of underlay. To increase effectiveness the topping is coated with spray adhesives and gently pressed with the palm. A water soluble stabilizer also produces clear and conspicuous designs.
After ensuring the fabric is properly hooped and stabilized, you are ready for the next stage.
The design/ embroidery pattern is stitched onto the fabric. It can be done by manually (using hand) or by use of machine.
There are different sizes of needles, and the type of needle selected will depend on the type if fabric to be stitched. Size 9 or 10 needles are suited for fine knits. 10 or 11 needles for medium knits and 12 to 14 needles for larger and heavier knits.
Also, it’s very important to use the right type of needle. As opposed to the sharp sewing needles, use needles with rounded tips like universal, ball point or embroidery needles. The rounded tips are fabric friendly in that they do not cut or tear it in the process of stitching.
The type of thread to use will depend on the fabric to be stitched. When doing cotton or wool knits, 40wt rayon or polyester thread is vouched for. Threads made of cotton, wool or metal products can be used on other fabrics.
Post Embroidery Care Tips
For specific care instructions, check the label that comes with the fabric. In general, dry cleaning is recommended for many Aaron sweaters. For those that advise machine or handwashing, wash with lukewarm water and mild detergent. After washing, hang to dry (do not use a dryer or squeeze it as if to drain all the water).
In case you accidentally squeeze it just stretch back into shape then lay it flat to dry. After drying store in a sealed container where it will not be exposed to moisture, light or moths.
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