Embroidering T Shirts!
T-shirts are fun to embroider, but they can be a challenge sometimes. Your choice of design, stabilizer, and even the
T-shirt itself can have a huge effect on how the design stitches out.
Choose a good quality t-shirt that has a high thread count. Wash and dry it on the highest settings recommended for the fabric in order to pre-shrink the shirt to help prevent puckering.
The stabilizer you use will depend on how dense your design is. One of our favorites is a sheer mesh cutaway stabilizer. Because it’s a cutaway stabilizer, it won’t break down because of the needle perforations. It’s also soft and will not scratch against the skin.
Hooping: Spray the stabilizer with a temporary spray adhesive and apply to the wrong side of the T-shirt. Hoop the stabilizer and T-shirt being careful not to stretch the T-shirt during the hooping process. Once it is hooped and the hoop is attached to the machine, lay a piece of washaway stabilizer topping on top of the fabric in the area to be embroidered. If your machine has a basting in the hoop function, baste the stabilizer to the fabric.
Embroider the design, making sure to keep the T-shirt out of the way of the hoop.
Laundering the finished T-shirt gently will do a lot to help it keep looking nice. If the embroidered area needs pressing after washing, use a press cloth to help protect it.