Stupid lettering - why is it not working

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I wanted to use the built in lettering on a shirt I appliqued, but the
lettering doesn't seem to work on jersey, even with stabilizer on the back -
the jersey gets stuffed down into the hole in the footplate.

Can i change something? Use a hoop?  Or just forget it?



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Beth In Alaska wrote:
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What kind of needle are you using?  And how many layers of stabilizer?
I use a couple of good stiff layers if doing this on jersey fabric, and
a jersey needle.

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I used one layer of stabilizer.  I'll try two!
and I'll see what kind of needle, because I'm not sure!!

Thank you KATE!


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This is a familiar problem.  I would use a hoop, use 2 layers of stabilizer,
the first one being iron on or use a spray adhesive (one for this purpose-
not the Elmers variety).  You can even use 3 layes of thin stabilizer which
seems to help more than 1 layer of thick.  Good luck!

Kirsten



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Ok, I have two different kinds of stabilizers - one stick on and one iron
on.  I'll try some spray adhesive. I Love SPRAY ADHESIVE.

And hoops.  Do I need to know anything about hoops?  Do I just go buy a
hoop?


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My machine comes with a special hoop. If yours has no place to put one, try
to find a square one to hold the fabric tight while you sew.  WalMart has
alot of that kind of stuff.

Kirsten



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I'd better go to the sewing machine store. I'll bet mine has a special hoop
too.

Thanks Kristen!


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BethInAK wrote:
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From the other things you've written in this thread, I am
guessing your machine is a regular sewing machine (with
built-in alphabets and maybe other designs) not an
*embroidery machine*, right?  In that case, it may be
helpful to hoop the stabilized fabric in an embroidery hoop,
but that will limit your sewing field.  And since this sort
of machine depends on swinging the needle back and forth (as
opposed to an embroidery machine which moves the *fabric*),
you may still have a problem with the fabric being shoved
down the needle plate hole, as it (the hole) has to be large
enough to accommodate the movement of the needle.  Have you
tried Solvy Water Soluble Stabilizer on *top* of the work?
That's the product I finally found worked when I was doing
dense embroidery designs on T-shirt knits.

Beverly



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yes, its a sewing machine.
i haven't tried that stabilizer!! I'll see if I can find some tomorrow!!

thanks1!



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Beth In Alaska wrote:
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There are at least two weights of Solvy, "Solvy" and "Ultra
Solvy" I have both and find the Ultra Solvy the best for
knits.  When you finish, just dunk the garment in a pan of
warm water, the stabilizer completely dissolves.  Neat
stuff.  ;-)

My local TSWLTH carries both in the notions section.  Good
luck!

Beverly



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BEI Design wrote:
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If you use water-soluble stabilizer, you can get the hospital laundry
bags from the Bag Lady - http://webpages.charter.net/sgrissom8/index.html
The nice thing is that you can get smaller amounts than you can by going
through a hospital supply company.  Sharon also has good deals on
needles.  NAYY

Someone also mentioned that they've been using Press & Seal for hooping
instead of the gummy paper or spray.  I love people's creative uses of
household items.

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Joanne
stitches @ singerlady.reno.nv.us.earth.milky-way.com
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this acronym has stumped me completely since I've come here.
whats its stand for?


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TSWLTH means, "The Store We love to Hate" AKA Joann's Craft and Fabric.
Frequently the only store in town and not always the best around. Most
of them leave a lot to be desired in every way.
Juno

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Thank you!!    I never would have figured that out!

We have one TSWLTH which STINKS
and one TSWLTH which is very nice.  the stinky one is closer to home.

We also have two quilting stores and one FABULOUS locally owned seamstress
type store.  They are expensive but worth it.


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TSWLTH is an acronym for Jo-Ann's;
The Store We Love To Hate.
I dislike the apparent ignorance of sewing on the part of most clerks.
Without being properly trained and a good knowledge of sewing is probably
the reason for the bad service.
Emily



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I'm sorry, I get so used to using it I forget we have new
folks here who will not understand.  I'm glad others in the
group jumped in to answer your question.

Beverly, who just returned from TSWLTH, but at least they
had the 3/4" D rings I wanted for DD's work aprons.



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