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Embroidering machine on non flat surfaces?
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Date: 10/25/12 2:13 PM

Hi! I'm new to the forum, just wondering if anyone knows about a machine that can embroider on non flat surfaces. I'd like to embroider a stuffed ball without taking the stuffing out.

Printing could be another alternative though! I've tried transfers, but cutting out the pieces makes it complicated and slow. I'd love a printer that can print directly from the pc to my stuffed item.
It doesn't matter if it's an industrial-type machine, i just want to know if the technology exists.

Thank you!
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Date: 10/25/12 2:53 PM

First thing comes to my mind is the auto industry. But nothing for home sewers.

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Date: 10/26/12 7:33 AM

No, you cannot print or embroider on a stuffed ball by machine. Embroidery is done before items are assembled.
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Date: 10/26/12 9:31 AM

The only non-flat things that are embroidered that I know of, are baseball caps. However, the machine always needs to have access to the backside of the fabric, so stuffed balls wouldn't work in any case.

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Date: 10/26/12 12:19 PM

Think about this. The threaded needle pierces the textile and connects with the bobbin thread.

How are you going to get a bobbin thread into a ball.

You could deflate the ball, open a seam so the area to be embroidered is a flat single layer. But then the ball would need to have a bladder to hold the air as the outer layer is going to have thousands of needle piercings.

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Date: 10/26/12 3:31 PM

No, no electrionic kind of technology exists. Because even if you ripped or unpicked the cover of the ball and tired to jam anykind of free arm into that stuffed ball, then the bobbin is trying to sew in there with a bunch of fluff and stuff. But you could embroider it with your own two hands instead while it was still stuffed, just because a single hand sewing needle, does not need two threads, one for the top and the bottom, and you could just slip that hand held needle into the ball fabric, and still embroider something onto the ball that way, and bend it (the needle) upwards and out of the fabric at the same time. You might catch a bit of "ball fluff/stuffing while doing that, but I don't think it would matter much.

Or maybe embroider your "stuff" on some other piece of fabric, then use that as an applique glued or hand sewn onto the intact ball with all the stufffing still in it.
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Date: 10/28/12 5:25 PM


Mmm.. so not possible. I thought so.. but i had to ask. Who knows? Maybe there was a crazy invention somewhere in the world that could do what i needed.

I'm going to try embroidering another piece of fabric and using it as an applique.

Thank you all for your replies!
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