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Date: 11/25/13 0:01 AM

I've read (and, evidently, participated in ) several of the deco stitches threads over the years, but a quick search didn't turn up a specific post on using the decorative stitches on knits. Inspired by some suggestions in my *other* knitwear question today , as well as this blog post, I decided to try out some of my machine's stitches.

What are the best tips to keep the fabric from stretching? I already have my presser foot pressure dialed down pretty low, and I pulled out some typing paper for an emergency stabilizer... but what is the proper way to go about this?

Any other great ideas or things I Must Know?

Thanks, knit gurus!!

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Date: 11/25/13 5:32 AM

I think you use a "waste canvas" that's the name, its under the embroidery and when done you get it damp and the excess cimes off.
it adds the stability to the abric that you need.

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Date: 11/25/13 9:27 AM

I would just use some some stuff made for more computerized hoop embroidery instead, even though I was sewing motif stitches with my feed dogs up instead. Just since that is what I have laying around anyways. So, maybe depending on what kind of stitches (hopefully kind of wide open ones) if I had some made for hoop embroidery sticky paper that would be tear away stabilizer with sticky stuff on the top of it, with a paper release sheet over it, I would just cut that into some strips instead and stick my knit down onto the top of it. If I thought my top thread might be sinking into the knit of it, I might put some clear wash a way kind of stabilizer over it. As that might help.

Sticky on top of something is good for knits, just since it would stick down all those ribs and pearls of the knit and keep them from trying to move around, while you sew on top of them. Sort of depending on your knit though and your motif stitch, and the garment, it might not be enough to just keep everything in place while sewing it, or even way afterwards and you really might need something under there, that really stayed under there more for forever, and stronger, to keep things from getting all stretched out in even wearing later or the wash. In that case, maybe iron on interfacing or even much stronger stays there forever kind of cut a way embroidery stabilizer with spray on embroidery glue on top of it, might still stick all the little knit ribs and purls of some knit fabric down when sending the whole thing though over your feed dogs.

I have had pretty good luck just using even tear away later, made for embroidery sticky paper in strips for some pretty wide open and no small stitches in them, kind of built into a machine serpentine stitches or very open flower motifs feed dogs up on cotton knit, but most times when I do that, I use something thick like pearl rayon in the bobbin case loosened up a bit, and sew on the opposite side of the fabric. That looks almost hand embroidered sometimes, and has a bit more give to it, and does not always need any "leave in forever" kind of stabilizer under it, if more just around T shirt sleeve wrists or necklines and such.

Over actual knit stretch terry cloth though, would be a hard going, as thread would sink in and not show up all that great, in all those terry loopies of it. Unless it had a topper on it when doing it, and was really pretty thick thread.

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Date: 11/25/13 9:54 AM

I would love to find a similar pattern to that vintage Simplicity 6989.
I like tops like this despite not being PG. I have a round shape and the A-line style camouflages my midriff somewhat.
Is there a pattern like this out there somewhere???
I thought I'd make it out of sweatshirt fleece. Goodness knows the style is simple enough!

Forgive me for highjacking the thread.


-- Edited on 11/25/13 9:55 AM --

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Date: 11/25/13 1:20 PM

How about this Kwik Sew? Pretty much identical. I made it years ago and it does run a bit big.

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Date: 11/25/13 2:40 PM

Thank you for the Kwik Sew pattern, it looks like a contender.

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Date: 11/26/13 0:21 AM

For deco stitches on knits, I've had good luck using Stitch Witchery. Although, I used it between the fashion fabric and the facing. If it's just one layer I would suggest a stabilizer such as that used for embroidery. Still, if it's tear-away or wash-away, I might be concerned it wouldn't hold up in laundering?

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Date: 11/26/13 1:01 AM

I think the color and type of knit would make a difference as .far as an embroidery design showing up well. Stabilizer above and below may work. There is a clear " Solvy" wash away that I usually place on top w/knits that helps as far as design appearance after. A light tear away underneath maybe too. Would love to see your finished project.

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Date: 11/26/13 6:35 AM

I've used strips of this: Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy to stabilize the cross grain of minkee, which stretches horribly. It worked perfectly and is available at Joann's.

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Date: 11/26/13 6:55 AM















Enjoyed the link to the blog post and then the link at the blog. I really like the idea of using these stitches as trim. When I was into the decorative stitches way back on my pfaff I was using wovens and tear a way stabilizer. I think if doing these stitches on knit I would do them in the hem areas and reinforce those with a fusible inside plus using either solvy or tear away stabilizer or both if a really stretch knit. I think you'd really need to use a brittle tear away or solvy on seams to remove easily without distorting. Don't forget to use embroidery thread in the top and a bobbin weight thread or an embroidery thread in the bobbin for the prettiest results. If using household stuff for stabilizer I'd probably use a tissue paper or wax paper like a deli sheet that would tear away more easily than typing paper so you don't distort the stitches removing the paper.











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