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Has anyone tried this?
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Date: 1/7/13 6:08 PM

My neighbor just bought one of those neoprene ipad covers and wants me to embroider something on it. Has anyone tried this yet? I have no idea if I can even get it into the hoop. If I try this will I need a special needle? I'm still new to embroidery and this one scares me.

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Date: 1/7/13 10:34 PM

I haven't tried it and I'd be worried. I notice you have a Sailrite, I have one of those too. That's what I use when I want to do any kind of sewing with neoprene (EG Kindle cases) because my regular machine can't get through neoprene.

What I have done for neoprene is embroidered on felt and then glued the patch on with Aleene's Fabric Fusion

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Date: 1/7/13 11:17 PM

Do the patch and forgo the possibility of knocking the machine out of time.

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Date: 1/8/13 9:26 AM

I've sewn on neoprene a few times, and embroider, I agree with the patch option. Even if your machine might cope with the neoprene, that fabric is not all that forgiving if something odd happens, so a patch would be more apt to work.

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Date: 1/8/13 1:09 PM

go to embllibrary.com, under help, Fabrics 101. Read Kennie's instructioins for neoprene. I have Bernina and did wine bottle gift bags and had no problem. You can't hoop, I used 505 spray but you could also use a sticky stablizer. Just don't use a dense design.

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Date: 1/8/13 1:25 PM

I'm with everyone else...

You're just asking for a problem.

I'd be doing a patch, too.

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Date: 1/8/13 3:42 PM

Yes, Kenny says it can be done. Maybe I will get brave and try it

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Date: 1/8/13 6:21 PM

I think I'll just skip it altogether and save sanityperhaps some old fashion crayons would be best!

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Date: 1/8/13 10:49 PM

Yes, I think even assuming Kenny is right (and he hasn't steered me wrong yet) it is still a different proposition to do a case versus a flat piece of neoprene. The case probably has another layer at least behind the neoprene, maybe even cardboard or foam; and depending on the design of the care you're unlikely to be able to get it flat so you don't wind up sewing through the whole case. Discretion is probably the better part of valor on this one

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Date: 1/10/13 5:10 PM

People do neoprene things but not me. I have heard some say their machine was actually smoking after stitching on that stuff a while. I really don't like the fuss of taking the machine in and paying for fixing whatever is wrong so I just stick to the normal type of things people embroider. An acquaintance wanted me to do a heavy throw rug on my 6 needle that has commercial features. She said a shop where she went did them all the time to which I told her take it to them. I can look at a machine sideways doing normal stuff and get an issue so I don't need to ask for trouble. IF you screw up your machine doing weird things it is never ever a cheap fix at least at the dealership I use and a real pain to take them on a road trip and go back to get them. I would so do a patch and gorilla glue or better yet send them to some monogram place.

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