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Date: 10/3/13 6:12 PM

At the moment, I'm on practice runs, but I need to figure out what my deal is because I'm more than ready to stitch on my actual pattern. It seems like no matter what I do or what stabilizers I use, I end up with a lot of puckering. I read and read, and practice and practice, but I don't seem to be improving.

Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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Date: 10/3/13 6:34 PM

That is such a dense and solid design, to be "extra safe" on that fabric, I think the safest way to chance having no puckers at all, is to:

Use the very smallest size hoop that the design can possibly fit into.

Make sure it's got one or two layers of firm cutaway kind of stabilizer on the back of it. And make sure all that is layered in with your fabric into that hoop. Into both halves of the hoop, not stuck on anything sticky just onto of a hoop at all. If you want a little better definition on the most outside satin stitches on it's edges, ,maybe even try one or two layers of firm cut away stabilizer, and a piece of crisp tearaway too next to your stitch plate and all really hooped up in the smallest hoop.

If it still does not sew out good like that, using all those things the best you can on your particular fabric, then you at least know you gave it all you could, to try to make that happen. At that point, if you still don't like what happens, (pucker wise) maybe try a different embroidery design and or different fabric.

Also you can try ironing some just iron on garment interfacing onto the back of the fabric first, then hoop up in smallest hoop it can fit into and with at least firm cut away stabilizer hooped in there with it the same way. Lots of factors going on, but all those together would probably give you the best chance, if anything is going to work.

Also maybe try the smallest, sharpest needle you got, that would still work good. More like a size 12 sharp and not a size 14 more universal one maybe. You fabric looks like it might be a really tight woven cotton/polyester blend. Even if just straight stitch sewing and not even embroidering on that kind of fabric, sometimes it does pucker up more crosswise than lengthwise too. You could also try washing the fabric if you have not done that yet, first, before embroidering on it, just in case some fabric finish on the top of the fabric is not helping any.
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Date: 10/3/13 8:11 PM

Can you decrease the stitch density a bit? Some fabrics will only take so many stitches, no matter how you hoop and stabilize.

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Date: 10/3/13 8:18 PM

It's not all you just do at all, or your machine or anything like that. A whole lot of it, is just the person whom made that embroidery design actually. And how they picked to do it even. If they make things too dense to sew out well, or don't put the underlay stitching into there underneath all that top stitching in the best of ways, or have a bunch of stitches all layered over each other and too tight together, sometimes really not much you can do at all about it either, short of actually deciding to and really changing their design around how you just would wish it to be instead. At that point, you really are getting into some other things. that maybe you should not even have to do at all. If new, I think much better to just use designs that are even more likely to stitch out more easy and better actually.

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Date: 10/3/13 8:40 PM

It helps to explain exactly how you did it, fabric type, stabilizer type, design size, hoop size, basting, no basting, machine speed. it really makes a difference in the type of recommendations we can give. also need to know how you are hooping(ie are you tugging on your fabric while hooping). check out emblibrary.com they have a lot of helpful how to's. Also did you prewash.
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Date: 10/4/13 9:24 AM

Puckering is my most common problem but I know I can't seem to help just tugging to make sure it's tight.

All beau's suggestions above are good ones. When I've used linen, fine cotton or silk Dupion I've used the light iron on interfacing before stabilizer. Generally I use sulky super strong for dense designs.

Sometimes to stop tugging I lay the fabric out mark where I want the design and then mark edges of hoop so when I do hoop I don't stretch fabric. That helped break the habit.

Sometimes though it's the digitizing - the angle of the stitch or density.

Have you tried the same design on stronger fabric? Was it any better?

Brother lover is right in that there are so many variables.

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Date: 10/4/13 10:10 AM

Enlarge the design just a bit without adding additional stitches and see if it will eliminate the puckers.

I do this often with Embroidery Library designs. I buy the small size and then bump it up a bit to decrease the density.

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Date: 10/4/13 6:24 PM

The design does look very dense. You do need to take off the density.
Also starching the fabric would help too.
I personally would use a light sticky stabilizer on the back and also I would baste around the design to keep the fabric more firm.
Are you sure the tension is right on your machine? You could have a too tight tension of the bobbin thread.
To test your tension you could try embroidering on a scrap of fabric the letter I of about 3cms high and see if you can see on the back of it about 1/3 of the bobbin thread.

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Date: 10/4/13 10:07 PM

Quote: UrbanFool
At the moment, I'm on practice runs, but I need to figure out what my deal is because I'm more than ready to stitch on my actual pattern. It seems like no matter what I do or what stabilizers I use, I end up with a lot of puckering. I read and read, and practice and practice, but I don't seem to be improving.



Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!




Hi,you may want to read Embroidery Library's All Puckered Out. Choose the right design,fabric,and stabilizer to avoid puckering !
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