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Hello Beverly,

you are such an expert in this field. My problem is this: DD destroyed two  
of her still wearable polo shirts by tears or cuts in visible places. I  
meant to mend them by embroidering over those spots. Since I haven't got an  
embroidery machine, I thought about needle painting, a technique especially  
suited for my gear, since I do own an BSR (which is a Bernina Stitch  
Regulator, a little device that adapts the speed of stitches to the speed of  
transport, invented for machine quilting, I guess).

Now, what kind of Madeira product shall I put under the spots? I bought a  
test package that holds, as far as I know, all available embroidery film  
etc. products. I had meant to close the tear with ironing the fleece under,  
and then stabilizing it with embroidery.

Please be so good and  help me, will you?

U.  


Re: Ping @ Beverly the Machine Embroiderer

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I use mostly Sulky and Floriani stabilizers.  For knits, I really  
like Floriani's no-show mesh under:
http://redrockthreads.com/floriani/noshownylon.asp?gclid=CIjuscLB2s0CFYVrfgodIMECeQ
and Sulky's Solvy wash-away on top:
http://www.sulky.com/products/stabilizers/wash-away/

That combination works well for me for dense designs on soft knits.

I didn't know that Madeira makes stabilizer.   I googled and found  
this description of the Madeira sample pack:

<quote>
Most sample pieces are 30cm x 40cm, and will fit perfectly into the  
frames of both sewing and embroidery machines. The samples of Cotton  
Soft (Tear Away), Avalon Film (Wash Away) and Super Strong (Cut  
Away) are even bigger, and at 30cm x 60cm, these pieces will even  
fit the frames of semi-professional embroidery machines such as the  
Brother PR600.
<end quote>

For stabilizing knits, I prefer a *cut-away* *fusible* *mesh*. DO  
NOT use a tear-away or a wash-away for stabilizers *under* the knit.  
I learned this the hard way, when I destroyed one of DGD's knit  
shirts.   I don't know anything about the Madeira one described as  
"Super Strong".  If it does not look "woven" I doubt it will do the  
job.

If your sample package has anything that soundly like that the  
Floriani no-show-mesh, fuse a bit to some scrap knit of a similar  
weight and do a test.  It is possible you will have to use two  
layers at 45 degree angles to stabilize the polo shirt knits.

Sorry I cannot help more.

--  
Beverly
http://www.ickes.us


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Well, Beverly, that was quite a lot of help. Thank you so much! I'll look  
through the stuff and will iron something permanent under the area, and put  
some wash-away on top before embroidering. Since it's just a children's tee,  
and a small area, non-stretch won't really matter, I guess. Will try to post  
pics. Mind, I owe you all a lot of pics of what I made in the past two  
years, I guess. ;-)

U.  


Re: Ping @ Beverly the Machine Embroiderer
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You're welcome.


Once you are finished with the stitching, gently pull the 'cut-away'  
stabilizer right up to the stitching, and then carefully cut it off,  
leaving a small margin.  Press the edges back down after you cut  
away the excess.   It should not interfere too much with the  
stretchability.

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Oh, yes, please do!

--  
Beverly
http://www.ickes.us


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