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Date: 8/27/12 1:38 PM

My boss wants me to embroider our company logo onto golf shirts for our employees. Most of these shirts are that thin polyester type material (the kind that wicks away your sweat).

What will be the best way to hoop these? What type/weight stabilizer to use?

I have a Brother PE770 if that makes a difference.
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Date: 8/28/12 3:07 AM

That's why I don't offer to embroidery finished products, the hooping is always tricky. You'll have to hoop the section you want and then scrunch the rest of the tshirt up above the hoop.

Not sure about stabilizer weight, but I have one roll of tear-away that I use for everything.

One problem I have had in the past embroidering baby one-sies with stretchy fabric is that by the time it's stretched in the hoop, it makes the finished embroidery pucker. Haven't figured out how to fix that yet, so maybe someone else has some insight.

Can your boss furnish you with a test shirt to test on?
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Date: 8/28/12 9:55 AM

You need to use cutaway on anything that stretches, preferably fusible polymesh which will prevent stretching. For a high stitch count you can use more than one layer. As for hooping, I don't hoop anything stretchy, prefer to use spray adhesive to attach the item to the stabilizer.

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Date: 8/28/12 1:16 PM

So...it sounds like my best way to go will be to put the fusible on and then hoop some cutaway and then spray adhesive to hold the shirt in place.

Thanks for all the help!

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Date: 8/29/12 3:31 AM

Depending on how many shirts your boss wants/needs, it might be better to have this done elsewhere. Who is digitizing the logo? Do you have software to tweak it?

DH and I wear a ton of the wicking polyester golf shirts with embroidered logos. Since I'm the laundress of the family, I notice they all have a medium weight cutaway.

You will want to do hoopless-embroidery where you hoop the stabilizer and affix the shirt with a spray or something. Otherwise you could end up with some nasty hoop burn.

Use the smallest needle possible, like a size 75 or 80. Be sure it is a ball-point for knits, and a water-soluble topper on top of the knit, like regular Solvy. Stitch out at a moderate to slow speed. The poly fabric might want to grab the needle. I've never ME'ed on the wicking fabrics, but they are rather 'sleazy', though wonderful to wear in hot weather.

If you go ahead with this, ask your boss for a throw-away shirt for practice stitch-outs; one that can be botched up until you get the stabilizer, needle, and settings right.

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Date: 8/31/12 2:12 PM

Here is how I would hoop this:

Put sticky back stabilizer in your hoop

Before you score, and remove the paper to expose the sticky, cut a hole in the middle about 5 x 5 (I assume you're doing an over-heart placement that will be no more than 4 X 4)

Now remove the paper to expose the sticky

Place the shirt on the sticky back with the portion that will be embroidered over the hole.

Now you can either use masking tape to attach a piece of stabilizer underneath, or just put it on the machine and slip a piece of stabilizer underneath the whole thing.

You only need do this once, as you can use the same hooping of sticky back over, and over.

Think paper toilet seat cover...that's the basic concept here.
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