Help with sewing embroidery on knitted garment

Has anyone done this and been really pleased with it.....How would you
advise me to do it.....All help and comments read and greatly
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There is an article on this subject in the current (Jan/Feb) issue of Creative Machine Embroidery. It suggests that the item being embroidered on be smooth with an even surface (no slub yarns, etc.). Use a ballpoint needle. Don't hoop the item - instead hoop the stablizer and use spray adhesive. Most designs are suitable for use, however, outline details or designs that are mostly outline, are likely to get lost in the yarn nap. So if you use an outline design, go over the stitches more than once.. Match embroidery threads to yarn fibers, i.e. synthetic to synthetic, cotton to cotton, etc.
There is other information and a pattern for a crocheted cell phone case, so I'd suggest trying to find it if you can. :-)
HTH, BandMomTo2
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I did a few designs on knitted fabric, that didn't turn out right, but then I put some iron on stabilizer on the back of the fabric, then put the tear away stabilizer under that or even under the material in the hoop and it did alright. it would be better to use a sticky stabilizer and press the material onto it, but if you don't have it, then just try that way, but you do have to press the item of clothing after done with the embroidery, as the hoop will leave an impression. I did it that way, and it turned out ok.
good luck...Maine-iac Rose
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Maine-iac Rose
I had a sweater for my dad I wanted to embroider. I dissolved some scraps of water soluble stabilizer and then 'painted' the area with it. I really made it wet. Then I let it dry completely then stabilized it top and bottom. It turned out good.
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Kelly - sewing
I have done this several times on hand-knitted garments for my grand-children. Hoop cutaway stabilizer not the garment. I then use baste in the hoop which I put around the design in in on Insert....then basting stitches. I also use Solvy (wss) on top and away you go!
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This of course greatly depends on the weight and stretch of your material and your stitch count and density Without stretching you knit too much - what you want to achieve is a "tambourine skin": type tension in your hoop in order to achieve proper registration & definition Therefore use a "Wet laid" non directional dense , soft cutaway -one layer of the proper weight
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cutaway has longer fibers than tearaways allowing the threads to graspbetter and tighter If you do NOT want to see the backing Then try the "no show" mesh Further if you want to eliminate adhesive sprays or basting you can try the fusible iron on mesh
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