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Date: 12/16/12 10:48 AM

I want to embroider a sweat shirt for a Xmas gift. Is there one brand of sweat shirt that is better than the other to embroider on?

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Date: 12/16/12 12:36 PM

Not that I have encountered.

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Date: 12/16/12 1:58 PM

It's not so much the brand of sweatshirt as it is the stabilizer you use for the embroidery.

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Date: 12/17/12 6:54 AM

Oh, I thought you had to use an embroidery design that was created for knit instead of woven? Or something to do with stitch count. What stabilizer do you use? I picked up some great plain colors last year during sale at Target and want to do something with them.

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Date: 12/17/12 8:06 AM

No, you don't have use use a design created for a knit unless you want to. The stabilizer is what gives the design body, even when working on a knit. I use different types of stabilizer. There is an iron-on/tear off, one that is a washaway (great for silks, etc.) and mostly what I use is white tissue paper. Sometimes when I'm in a pinch, I'll use a round coffee filter; my embroidery area is only 4x4, so the filter fits fine.

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Date: 12/17/12 12:25 PM

I'm not a aware of any design being for a "knit" or any other fabric as was mentioned it's how you stabilize it.

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Date: 12/17/12 12:52 PM

The experts recommend a cut away for knits, but I find sweatshirts typically are stable enough to use about anything. Tearaway is even fine for them.

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Date: 12/17/12 11:02 PM

The big issue I has when learning to do sweatshirts was hooping -- could NOT get the shirt into the hoop. So I learned to just hoop the stabilizer and then I clip the sweatshirt to the top of the frame. I use 2" clamps that I got from Amazon. Also, once you get it hooped, you need to be sure to get all the excess fabric out of the way. Hair clips work great for this.

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