Making Sense of Machine Embroidery
Just got my first issue of Threads magazine. I think I’m going to like
this magazine. There is so much useful information in it. On page 10
in the letters to the editor that was a comment from a lady about Linden Goodall’s article, “Fabric and Design”. I did not get that issue and was wondering what the author said about dense designs. I know that she used Cutaway instead of Tearaway but how many layers do you use of the Cutaway? Is there any more secrets. I tried doing a Debbie Mumm design which was dense and the design was all out of shape. I am a newbie to the embroidery world so I know my questions seem elementary to most of you.
Not that I'm an expert...I just got my first embroidery machine! But it came with 3 great classes, so here's some words of wisdom they passed on. The amount of stablizer needed depends on the weight of the fabric, and on the density of design. A lighter fabric will require more stablizer than a heavy fabric. Also, its better to use several light layers of stabilizer, than one big heavy one. This makes removing the stablizer easier...you can tear away one layer at a time, and minimize the amount of pulling on the stitches. It's probably better to go with too much stabilizer, than too little! And weight of the thread plays a part...try to use a light thread on a light fabric to minimize bulk and draw-in of the design. Heavier thread gives better coverage on heavier fabric.
Well...we'll see if these hold up to the test! I'm still experimenting! I just ordered the article from back issues that you mentioned.
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