Top Tips for T-shirts

If you are anything like me, this week is filled with last minute gift ideas that all need to be finished, and I really don’t have any time for stuff ups.

The last embroidery gift on my list is my traditional embroidered t-shirt for hubby and the kids.

The tradition of the embroidered t-shirt in my family goes back to the first year Edward and I were together, when I found a “South Park” cartoon image, and turned it into an embroidery design.  He loved it (or loved me and tolerated the t-shirt), so much that it was only after 15 years that the t-shirt finally gave up and became a shopping bag.

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A pic of my wonderful hubby (without gray hair), Cameron, and my Father In Law.  At the time this photo was taken, I had just given birth to the twins.

Over the years I have used Edwards love of sci-fi to do many different shirts, from StarWars, to Futurama, Cookie Monster (and Cameron got Elmo), to his name in Galfrayen (Dr Who language).

Naturally I don’t sell these designs, as most of them are copyrighted, and I create the designs for my personal use only.

This year, the girls and I have decided to support my mum on her battle with Breast Cancer, and we are having our Fight Like a Girl t-shirts.  You can download the free fight like a girl design HERE.  Edward is getting another Galfrayen name t-shirt, and Cameron is getting some sort of potato image that relates to a game he plays online.

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4 t-shirts i have made for Mum, Myself and the girls for Chritmas.

Today I want to share with you some of my favourite tips for embroidery on t-shirts, which will assist in always achieving a perfect result.

Tip 1 – Always Hoop – Never Float

This one is my absolute MUST tip.  You always need to hoop the stabiliser AND the t-shirt together before stitching.  It is imperative that the stabiliser be allowed to fully support the design and the fabric.

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Tip 2 – Use Polycut Stabiliser

If you are embroidering on a stretchy fabric, you need to support the stitches over the life of the garment.  The best way to do this, is to use a cutaway stabiliser.  My favourite is Polycut, as it is soft on the skin, and not too heavy.

Tip 3 – Adhere the Polycut to the garment

This one is a little controversial, however I have always found it to work.  Using a quilt basting spray – spray the back of the Polycut, and lay it on the back where the embroidery will go.  This will avoid the stretchy fabric moving too much whilst embroidering.

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Tip 4 – Use a layer of tear away for dense designs

This one is totally dependent on what type of design you are stitching.  If you are stitching a dense design, place a layer of TearClean on top of the design – in the hoop – as you stitch.  This will further stop the design from stretching in the hoop.  Once you have completed the design, you will be able to remove the tear-away like a template from the design.

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I hope you have enjoyed these tips for t-shirts.  I would love to take this opportunity to wish all of you a Merry and Safe Christmas.

Until next time, have a Stitchin’ Day.  Julie.

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