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Sometimes my embroidery designs have puckering....

Q. Sometimes my embroidery designs have puckering. What causes this and how can I eliminate it?

A. Puckering is caused by using the wrong stabilizer or improper use of a stabilizer. If the garment is a knit or any fabric that stretches, a cutaway is the best choice. Use one layer for designs under 6,000 stitches. Use two layers for designs with 6,000 or more stitches.

If the fabric is a woven or stable fabric, you can use a tearaway. The same rules apply regarding stitch counts. One layer for fewer than 6,000 and two layers for more than 6,000.
Always make sure the garment is properly hooped with tambourine tight tension.

One of the biggest mistakes I see is people trying to avoid hooping by using a sticky backed hoopless type of stabilizer. This is designed for things that cannot be hooped like a baby sock or a tie. If the item fits in a hoop, you are going to get the best results from hooping it. Trying to use a hoopless stabilizer to save time is going to result in substandard embroidery.

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"On a personal note, the Floriani stabilizers are the best on the planet, wonderful results, without the 'worry' of ANY puckering- Thank you!"

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