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Bluedolphin
« on: August 28, 2011 10:11:28 PM »

Just a question to moms/people who embroider on kid's cloths- does it last long? Because I was thinking of sewing "I am a princess!" on a t-shirt, but I'm worried it would come off? Is it still ok to machine wash?  I've really no idea- I've never sewn anything on clothes before.
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If anyone answers, what is stabilizer, and will I need it? Also, would a 4 y old pick at the stiches?
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« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2011 02:25:18 PM »

I've embroidered on onesies and on t-shirts before and have washed them. They hold up pretty well. I've used a water soluble stabilizer and then put a flannel interfacing on the back so the stitching doesn't rub the skin or get messed up.
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« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2011 10:35:23 AM »

 First of all stabilizer is a woven underlayment that is meant to stabilize the fashion fabric from distortion while being embellished. You absolutely won't be sorry you used it as it makes for a much more professional appearance. It comes in many different weights and is either wash away,tear away or leave in. For what it sounds like you will be doing I suggest a lightweight leave in. If you are machine embroidering then just follow the directions for your machine.If you are doing it by hand then either transfer your design to the fabric and work the design in the stitches of your choice and there you are or if you're counted cross stitching then baste your waste canvas to your fabric and finish accordingly. It will wash and wear just fine, be sure you use the best floss available to you. My personal preferance is DMC but there are others just as good. Maybe she'll pick at it and maybe not-that's part of the charm of being four! It should last for the life of the shirt. Hope this helped and may Her Majesty enjoy it!
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« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2011 07:33:42 PM »

Everyone here is right! The only thing I'm adding is: DO IT! You won't regret it and your 'princess' will treasure it!
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« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2012 03:55:58 PM »

I've embroidered on onesies and on t-shirts before and have washed them. They hold up pretty well. I've used a water soluble stabilizer and then put a flannel interfacing on the back so the stitching doesn't rub the skin or get messed up.

Kittykill, do you use the water soluble stabilizer then after it's done put the interfacing on?
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« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2012 06:03:44 PM »

I've embroidered things for both my kids. Neither have complained or picked the stitches. I usually don't use a interfacing just because I didn't have any on hand. My trick is I draw the design on the stabalizer and then put it on the front, stitch and take off. The tear away kind tends to pull at the stitches a bit when you try to take it off. The iron on kind that then tears away is the worse for this. I've used the kind that you just sit on and it works ok too. (though I generally use a couple stitches to tack it down)

Go for it! If you don't like it then just pick it out! But definitely go for it!!
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« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2012 07:32:25 PM »

I use both. I use the water soluble stabilizer for my pattern and then I use a flannel iron on stabilizer to hide my stitches so they won't scratch (not that they really will) the baby.
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« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2012 08:15:48 AM »

I also stitch on clothing for myself and my daughter.  I tend to use a lightweight fusible interfacing on the back and on the top I use a water soluble stabilizer with my pattern on it, like kittykill.  You just stitch through the stabilizer and after you finish the piece you can just wash away the stabilizer and the regular interfacing stays on in the interior (if you want it).  Using the interfacing can help you to not stretch the fabric out too much in your hoop if you use one.  I think the flannel interfacing is a great tip that I'll have to try.

My daughter likes to touch the stitching on her outfits, but doesn't pick at it.  She knows how much time I took doing it just for her, so she respects that and tends takes better care of it than her other clothes.  The stitching has held up great through several washings as well.  Hope that helps.
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« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2012 09:31:44 AM »

thanks guys, this has also answered a few questions I had about sewing knits, off to ebay now for some water soluble stabilizer! <3

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