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« on: September 13, 2013 06:31:59 PM »

I am wanting to stitch some onesies for my friend who is expecting a baby next month, but I'm not sure if I need to use some kind of backing on them. Do I need something to iron on afterwards to cover the backside of my work? Or something to iron on and stitch over? Help!

« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2013 11:27:56 PM »

I hope this will help you whether you do hand work or machine work.


"Notes about stabilizer choices:

Because onesies are made from a very soft, very stretchy cotton knit, using cutaway stabilizer will bring the best results. When working with very light designs, like simple Redwork, tear-away can be used, but results will be sporadic. Also, because baby items are washed often, the tear-away stabilizer will degrade over time, leaving the onesie wrinkled and shapeless. Cutaway stabilizer will stand up better to frequent washings than tear-away stabilizer.

Some embroiderers that stitch baby items are concerned about the rough feeling of cutaway stabilizer, thinking that the stabilizer will irritate a baby's skin. In my experience, a good-quality cutaway stabilizer will begin to mold to the fabric after a wash or two; only the low-quality stabilizer remains rough after a few washings.
Floriani's No-Show Mesh or Sulky Soft 'n' Sheer are sturdy stabilizers, and soft. In my opinion, they are great choices for working with baby clothing.

Also, after embroidering, you can add an interfacing to the back side for extra softness. A tutorial for that technique can be found here."


I sew and do machine embroidery. At this stage of life, I try to keep things simple.
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« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2013 07:57:09 PM »

Thank you for the link!

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