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Date: 7/4/12 8:01 PM

I'm looking for any tips on embroidering on fleece blankets. I have done a couple now which turned out ok. So far just lettering for personalization. I have been using Sulky Ultra Solvy on the bottom and the thinner Sulky Solvy on top. The reason I do this is, since they are blankets, that the back side still looks nice like the front side without a patch of cut a way stabilizer sticking out around the design in back. I also use the same color in the bobbin to help it look nicer.

Anyway, since I'm just using the water soluble stabilizer, the letters do get wavy when the stabilizer is washed away and there is basically no support left for the embroidery except for the fleece itself. Any other suggestions on how to do this with more support for the embroidery and still having it look nice on both sides?

Thanks for any input!
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Date: 7/4/12 8:12 PM

I embroider fleece blankets often and they make great gifts. For the bobbin thread, I do not match the color thread, but use a bottom weight thread for embroidery. On the bottom of the fleece I use a medium weight tear away stabilizer and on the top I use an aquafilm wash away stabilizer. I know many people would never use a tear away on the back and suggest only using a cut away. I do not like seeing any stabilizer on the back and am very careful to remove it after embroidering. Even with using a pretty large and heavy embroidery stitch, the results look great. It's not wavy and I like the look of it. You may have to try a few different types of stabilizer to get the results you are happy with. Good luck to you. They are fun to make!

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Date: 7/5/12 6:53 AM

I would use a stabilizer that washes away but leaves fibers under the stitching, like this one from Floriani:
Stitch N Wash
Other companies make a similar product, like this tear/wash away stabilizer:
Allstitch tear/wash away

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Date: 7/5/12 8:23 AM

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I also use the same color in the bobbin to help it look nicer.

If any of your local shops sell Superior's Bottom Line Thread, it is an excellent bobbin thread for mach. embr. and comes in a variety of colors. link to color chart
My dealer doesn't carry many colors, and I often order online.
It also is a great bobbin thread for machine quilting.


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Date: 7/5/12 6:08 PM

Thanks for the tips! I think I am going to try just a tear away next time instead of a heavy wash away on the back. Maybe even the stitch n wash. I didn't know they had something that seems like a hybrid between a wash away and a tear away.

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Date: 7/6/12 6:01 AM

Fleece stretches, I wouldn't use tear away.

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Date: 7/6/12 9:15 AM

Have you reviewed the Techniques & Tips at Embroidery Library.

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Date: 7/7/12 10:30 AM

When I mentioned earlier that I always use a medium tear away on the back, I tear if off very gently when done. I place my fingers on top of the embroidery to stabilize it and then tear the excess stabilizer. I'm always extremely pleased with the results. Most people would not use a tear away on fleece, but I don't like any stabilizer showing and I also want some of it to remain under my stitching. There are many different ways to get the job done! Enjoy the process!



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Date: 7/10/12 7:34 PM

Actually I have. I was trying to find a different way instead of using a cut away for blankets to make the back side look nicer.



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Date: 7/10/12 7:35 PM

That's exactly why I really don't want to use a cut away either. I don't want the stabilizer to stick out around the edges of the embroidery on a blanket. Thanks!

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