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Date: 9/26/13 2:16 AM

I am making my granddaughter's Halloween costume. She is going to be Alice from "Alice in Wonderland".

My daughter bought the fabric and for the apron it is a moderately heavy weight polyester shiny satin. Because I have an "Alice" image built into my machine, we thought it would be fun to put that on the bib of the apron.

Any tips for embroidering on polyester satin? Best stabilizer to use? Needle type and size? I have lots of extra satin, so don't mind if the first try is not great, but I'd like to try to do it right if I can.

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Date: 9/26/13 7:40 AM

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Any tips for embroidering on polyester satin? Best stabilizer to use? Needle type and size?

EmbroideryLibrary this link has some projects on satin and will have some good advice.

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Date: 9/26/13 6:48 PM

I think it will be all about getting the hooping with the right degree of tightness. Probably my most annoying habit when hopping pulling the fabric too much. I swear I won't and I just pull it again and when I'm done I can get slight puckering. Cotton a lot of steam and quilting can cure it but satin would incredibly unforgiving. If it's dense image the sticky stabilizer may not hold it hoopless. No matter the wisdom on emb lib - I'd do a test a section of the design on some scrap satin first

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Date: 9/26/13 8:32 PM

Got it done with success the very first time! This is a heavier satin. What I decided to do was use Floriani Press and stick stabilizer. I put it in a 4 inch hoop. Peeled away the cover paper and using the grid liner-upper thingy, got it centered in the hoop and just pressed it into place.

I used a 75 embroidery needle and a combination of Madeira Poly-Neon and Pacesetter threads that I had in my resource center.

I had intended to float another piece of tear away stabilizer behind the fabric, but when I was done, I noticed it had slid out and was never stitched. But no matter, the design stitched out perfectly.

I am now in the process of constructing the garment. Taking a break to make dinner (French Dip Sandwiches---YUM!)

I'll post a photo later on.

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Date: 9/27/13 8:34 PM

Although I had a Brother embroidery machine, a tech encouraged me to use a Janome Blue Tipped needle when I told him I was having problems sewing on satin. Worked like a charm! That is now my go-to needle for iffy fabrics.

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Date: 9/27/13 10:40 PM

Pix of Alice or the sandwich? LOL.

So glad your first attempt was a success. I never made too many costumes, but my MIL was a genius at making it all come together.

And, there weren't any patterns like we have today.


-- Edited on 9/27/13 10:44 PM --

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Date: 9/30/13 1:59 PM

I ended up using a 75 "Sharp" and it worked wonderfully. This satin was rather dense and after the embroidery, during the garment construction phase I needed that "Sharp" needle to pierce the fabric over the parts where several layers of seams overlapped. I used my Pfaff Passport for the construction and switched to a larger "sharp" and it worked so much better than the "universal" that was in the Pfaff from the last sewing project.



Now, I still need to sew the dress, but here is the apron with the embroidery.

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Date: 9/30/13 3:54 PM

Wow, the embroidery came out perfectly with not a single pucker. The apron is so cute!

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Date: 9/30/13 4:19 PM

Very nice job done on the apron

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Date: 9/30/13 5:49 PM

It looks excellent, your grand daughter will love it. I would have been totally intimidated by the satin but you got it lovely.

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