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Old March 25th, 2009, 03:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How to perfectly embroider a Tshirt

I am working with a Brother PR620 and use PE Design 8. I am looking for recomendations for the best stabalizer to use on stretchy white tshirts and the best density for fonts. Normally I am doing names and monograms on little girls Ts.

I tend to get holes every now and then at the edge of the embroidery, but if I decrease the density the stitch does not look at nice.

Any thoughts or suggestions?
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Old March 25th, 2009, 03:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What kind of needle are you using?
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Old March 25th, 2009, 03:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I am just using the ones that came with the PR machine
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Old March 25th, 2009, 05:24 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I am no means an expert, but in my experience you want to use 75/11 or smaller ball point needle on all stretchy fabrics. The ones classified as Sharps are just that and can cut the fabric. By looking at the needle it is hard to tell the difference between ball point and a sharp. I don't think I could tell unless you set them side by side under a microscope. The size is usually stamped on the shank. Best thing to do is just buy the needles and start fresh since you don't know what is in the machine. They are cheap, and then you at least you know what you are working with.
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Old March 26th, 2009, 11:28 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Default Re: How to perfectly embroider a Tshirt

Yes!
You def need a ballpoint needle or you will chew up your shirt (I learned the hard way!)
They are very inexpensive and will make a difference in other projects as well.

Good Luck!

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Old March 27th, 2009, 04:40 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Sounds like you do need a ballpoint needle. If you're new to choosing needles, here are some tips to help you out.

Knowing Needles: Needles for New Embroiderers
Knowing Needles: Matching Needle Type and Fabric Type
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Here is something else that may help.

http://www.mescoltd.com/needleguide.html
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Default Re: How to perfectly embroider a Tshirt

In addition to having an incorrect needle you may have too much density. Use a contour underlay to create nice-looking text on knit fabrics. Add underlay before increasing spi to get better-looking embroidery. I'm not a big user of solvy but sometimes it can really improve the look of text without increasing density which can cause holes.
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One thing that I have learned as Jennifer has said , is to add underlay. I usually lay down some thin cut away nearest the shirt and then some tear away on the outside of that. When the tear away is removed it lets the stitches loosen a little so they dont not pull the fabric too much. I also lay the t-shirt in the hoop without stretching it.
Seems to work for me. But I have noticed that you have to change what you do with each t-shirt brand.
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Had these same issues before, I know its kinda dumb because this is always the first reponse you get when having any stitch out problem ....Is your Tension set right for what your sewing on? I had some light weight womens tees and the logo was pretty stitch heavy, mainly text, and it was pulling the fabric apart. Earl is right, don't hoop it too tight, and less tension will help it not pull so tight. My issue wasn't about the fabric tearing, just it being so thin, it would pull the fabric making a small hole. Also, cheap tees are like cheap sheets, less thread count and easier to make a hole.
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