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Date: 1/27/14 11:44 AM

Hello

I am trying to monogram a fleece jacket using my Brother950d. I got as far as putting the stabilizer and hoop on where the text will be applied, however, I am not able to fit it underneath the footer and place it properly to attache the hoop clamps. I am extremely new at this and am not familiar with sewing/embroidery machines. I had the proper footing/thread already installed when I purchased the machine. any help would be greatly appreciated

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Date: 1/27/14 1:26 PM

Perhaps you are familiar with hand embroidery and the way you hoop there, and now trying to do it the same on a machine? That won't work. the fabric goes the opposite way in your hoops in a machine. So for hand embroidery, you want your fabric stretched across the top edge of your hoops. For machine embroidery instead, you want to hoop up so your fabric is stretched across the bottom edge of your hoops, so that it will be laying flat against the machine bed instead. Maybe that's it?

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Date: 1/27/14 1:49 PM

I would not hoop fleece anyway, because the hoops will leave marks and it could distort the fleece since it is a knit. I would hoop a piece of medium weight cutaway stablizer and spray a little adhesive on it. (I use a cardboard cut out to protect the frame, and I like the Sulky spray.) Mark the center of the design and any other alignment marks you want on the fleece and simply stick it to the stabilizer. I think most machines have some extra lift to the presser foot so you can manuver it under the foot. I probably would put a piece of lightweight water soluble on top of the fleece so the stitches don't get buried. You can adjust the design with your machine settings to center it before you start sittching.

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Date: 1/27/14 2:19 PM

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I would not hoop fleece anyway, because the hoops will leave marks and it could distort the fleece since it is a knit. I would hoop a piece of medium weight cutaway stablizer and spray a little adhesive on it. (I use a cardboard cut out to protect the frame, and I like the Sulky spray.) Mark the center of the design and any other alignment marks you want on the fleece and simply stick it to the stabilizer. I think most machines have some extra lift to the presser foot so you can manuver it under the foot. I probably would put a piece of lightweight water soluble on top of the fleece so the stitches don't get buried. You can adjust the design with your machine settings to center it before you start sittching.

Thank you!! I will try it w/o the hoop like you suggested...although, I dont have any sticky stabilizer. Just the cut away. I already ironed it on the back of where the name is going to be placed. would that work? Thanks for suggesting about the extra lift on the footer, Im almost certain this machine has that option. Thanks again :)
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Date: 1/27/14 3:34 PM

Here is a tutorial from Embroidery Library.

If you tip the hoop up a bit on the left, it should slide right under the embroidery foot. Or, up at the top of the hoop and go in from the front instead of the side of the embroidery foot.

In the US and maybe other countries, a footer is what the foundation of a building sets on.

Some embroidery machine companies also refer to the hoops as frames and can be confusing as "frames" is one of the built-in designs on some brands of embroidery machines.

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Date: 1/27/14 5:35 PM

I like using the Sulky spray adhesive on regular stabilizer. I don't think it is as likely to gum your needle as the sticky stabilizer, and it allows me to use a cut away, or any stabilizer I wish. It's a little pricey, but it lasts a long time. (also non-toxic)
JoAnns used to carry the spray, but now just has it online. I am not sure who else carries it. I recently purchased two more cans when it was on sale half off and they also has a special on shipping. I think the 505 spray would be great for quilts, but I thought it a little too sticky for embroidery. Just my opinion.
Good luck with your project. Keep us posted!

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Date: 1/28/14 1:36 AM

Its hard to visualize but if you have ironed (fused) stabilizer to the fleece you can still hoop sticky stabilizer and then stick your fleece fused piece to the sticky.
If you can't find sticky stabilizer, you can baste your fleece piece to any stabilizer that is in the hoop. You can do a spray baste, a glue stick base (this works better with light fabrics, not fleece), a hand needle baste or an embroidery machine baste. Other ideas are using clips or clamps or painters tape to hold the non-hooped fabric to the hooped stabilizer or the actual hoop.

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Date: 1/28/14 10:40 AM

Thank you all so MUCH!! I was able to lift the footer up a bit higher to get the hoop underneath and set for sewing! My logo turned out almost perfect. ;)

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Date: 1/28/14 10:42 AM

Thank you for that link PattiAnnJ! its just what I needed for future projects!!

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