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Date: 1/11/13 6:44 PM

I am very new to machine embroidery. I basically do easy applique and names.

My nephew wants a baseball shirt for his imaginary team. He wants the team name on the front, and his name and number on the back. He wears a kids small t-shirt.

I have never embroidered a t-shirt.

Would you recommend I hoop the shirt and try to embroider everything, or do you think I should embroider everything onto something like badgemaster (I might just put it onto iron on interfacing) and then iron-on/blanket stitch to the shirt, since I know I can do that.

If you do think I should hoop it- do you have any tips for me to make sure it all gets straight? I'm paranoid about having an off straight line.... The shirt is really small, so it seems like it will be super tough to get it hooped.

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Date: 1/11/13 8:19 PM

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Date: 1/11/13 9:01 PM

I have sticky stabilizer- I was going to be trying that for sure.


If I get a shirt two sizes up- is the neck/shoulders going to fit weird? The kid lives 17 hours from me, so I can't exactly try things on him... he designed the shirt himself (I got an envelope that said "sew this shirt" with a picture inside) so I want to do my best not to disappoint.

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Date: 1/11/13 9:30 PM

Save this site in your list of Favorites. There is a tutorial for t-shirts as well as child size clothing.

There is no need to open the shirt or to buy one that is two sizes larger than the child's size. One size larger may be okay as children grow "like weeds".

Embroidery may distort (lots and lots of stitches add weight to the small shirt) and applied appliques may not.

Test with an old t-shirt to see which option will work best.

If you are going to use sticky-back stabilizer or even temporary spray adhesive for fabrics, use Titanium coated embroidery machine needles. This type of needle does not heat up like a universal sewing needle and will help eliminate the melting of the adhesive and gumming of the needle. A gummy needle will cause thread breakage.

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Date: 1/11/13 9:35 PM

Hi, Get a t-shirt the size that he wears or a little larger. Prewash the shirt first. You do not have to open the side. Use a cutaway mesh. Some people fuse the mesh on the underside of the shirt and then hoop the shirt. Make sure when you hoop it that you keep the other side of the shirt out of the way. I like to hoop the stabilizer and then use 505 spray and stick the shirt on that way. I also have some stuff that I bought that you iron on the back of the embroidery so that the stitches on the back side are covered and then it won't scratch the boy's chest. I would buy one real cheap t-shirt a use an old t-shirt at home and embroider on that first in order to get the hang of it.
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Date: 1/11/13 9:38 PM

Since there will be a lot of area covered, would it be better to do embroidered applique instead of straight embroidery if I don't go with iron on?

The shirt is $3 at hobby lobby, so no big deal on a few tries.

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Date: 1/11/13 9:46 PM

For $3. a pop, give it a try.

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Date: 1/11/13 9:56 PM

I would do appliqué embroidery. But practice first. You will be removing the hoop a few times. Don't know how easy or hard that'll be with a kids shirt. I would hoop a mesh and spray baste the shirt, then thread baste in the hoop. If I didn't send you the .exp basting files I sent to the others I can do that. Otherwise, listen to Patti, she def knows her stuff far more than me!

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Date: 1/11/13 10:06 PM

I don't think my machine can read .exp but thanks for the offer.

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Date: 1/11/13 10:17 PM

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I don't think my machine can read .exp but thanks for the offer.

You can convert the file if you want to accept the offer.

If your EM has built-in frames, you can use the one with the running stitch and size it to what is needed. You will then have a basting stitch to hold the shirt and stabilizer even more secure.

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