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Old November 10th, 2010, 08:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default What stablizer to use on Performance Shirts???

I feel like I have tried everything. Shirts move while sewing out. Any and All suggestions would be greatly appreicated.
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Old November 10th, 2010, 11:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: What stablizer to use on Performance Shirts???

They are tough ... Here is what we do.

We use the no-show mesh stabilizer, and also hoop a piece of light or medium tear away (depending on the design density) with the shirt and mesh. So you have your shirt on top (obviously, lol) and then the mesh, then the tear away. That should help greatly.

Hope that helps.
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Old November 10th, 2010, 11:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thank you very much. I will give that a try. I saw on another forum that they put solvy on top. What do you think?
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Old November 14th, 2010, 12:36 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: What stablizer to use on Performance Shirts???

It depends .... If they are "meshy" if definitely wouldn't hurt. If they are just the regular weave then I would say you really don't need to.

However, give it a try on one, it will never hurt.
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Default Re: What stablizer to use on Performance Shirts???

Hooping should be taut I've had good results with one piece of cutaway and one piece of tearaway. Some embroiderers use apray adhesive (just slightly) to secure backing to garment. If you try this method test first to make sure adhesive doesn't harm shirt. Is this a stitch intensive design?
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Old November 16th, 2010, 09:48 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I cut a piece of the sticky paper (Stickma by Gunold )and place it where the backside of the logo will be......( so it surrounds the stitching by an inch on all sides, so it can grip the shirt itself)
The weight of the sticky paper is just enough to hold the light fabric and give it body plus it prevents stretching of the fabric while sewing.
It is a little tricky to maneuver as you must gently place the garment on the hooper that has the other pellons. It likes to fall off. With practice it is easy to do.

I use a tearaway closest to the shirt with a cutaway below the tear away. If I use a web pellon that goes between the tearaway and the cut away.
After the stitching, trim the cutaway first. The tearaway can be gently torn and the sticky paper pulled off with fingers.
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Give the no-show mesh a try...
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I've tried a few things with good success.
First, I hoop as tight as possible without distorting the fabric. I've found sometimes if I hoop "too" tight, it will cup when released. Then, depending on how the fabric looks once hooped, I've;

1. hooped heavy cutaway with it originally, then put sticky back tearaway across the whole thing, and overlap the sticky back onto the hoop and down the sides of the hoop to try to stabilize it. Works well for me most all of the time.

2. Put the sticky back on first, again overlapping the hoop and down the sides, then another layer of sticky back on top of that one. Works well. Rarely any problems.

3. I've also used the thin tearaway, and the sticky back over that, and again across the hoop and down the sides. Works well also.

These worked for me,,,hope they make sense the way I described them.

Oh, and I've had several customers bring me Nike or Under Armor shirts they've bought, to embroider, and I tell them up front,,,,,,and make them sign the work order most of the time, that if I mess it up due to the fabric, it's on them. I've had to do that several times. And, for folks I don't know, they pay up front. That may not sound "nice", but I've learned my lessons the hard way on this issue.

If I order and sell them the shirt, then I back it up 100%, cause I know how much it cost and where to replace it from.

Just FYI
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Default Re: What stablizer to use on Performance Shirts???

I use Mesh and cutaway as described (fabric, mesh, cutaway). I've also tried putting wax paper but didn't find that it really did much. It supposedly "lubricates" the needle. *shrug*
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