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Jackieb227
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Date: 1/15/10 11:53 AM

I made a fleece scarf for my Dad and am now trying to hand embroider his initials on one end with a satin stitch. UGH, the needle struggles to go through, the fleece stretches and moves and .... well I can't keep my stitches even and precise; and with silver floss on black fleece, EVERYTHING shows. Help!!

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Date: 1/15/10 12:51 PM

that is such a sweet thing to do! You're a lovely daughter.
Honestly, I wouldn't attempt it since the back side shows.
I just made several christmas scarves made of fleece and I machine embroidered them and found that they had to be embroidered before I sewed the back side of the scarf to the front side so you wouldn't see the back of the embroidery.
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Date: 1/15/10 1:02 PM

Maybe you could embroider on some black fabric that would blend with the fleece and then machine stitch the fabric neatly to the scarf. Kind of like an monogram applique.

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Date: 1/15/10 1:51 PM

Oooh, you've picked a tough fabric to work with, but not impossible.

Are you using a stabilizer? I might use a water-soluble one like Solvy, and maybe more than one layer, and I'd definitely use it in a hoop.

Also, what type of embroidery thread are you using? For fleece I might want to use perle cotton.


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Date: 1/15/10 2:23 PM

I second this.
I used Solvy and hooped it as well. I didn't ask last time I posted - is this a single layer of fleece? That's a problem if it is - it just won't look good but if you could get a second layer to line it with, you problem with the stitches showing will be gone.

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Date: 1/15/10 4:58 PM

I would experiment with different needles--you may need a thinner, sharper needle than you are using.

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Date: 1/15/10 8:18 PM

very nice of you, if you have already started then keep going using whatever works. i think you could use a cut out of scrap fabric on the back, maybe in a shape of a golf bag or deer?

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Date: 1/16/10 9:15 AM

The scarf is double thickness (seamed, turned and topstitched) so we don't have to worry about the stitches showing on the back.
I did realize yesterday that I had been using a crewel needle. So, I picked up a large variety pack of different needles to try and 'm going to get some stabilizer today - both tear away and dissolvable and I'll keep you posted!
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