[HNW] Embroidering garments

mlf lunamoth at sbcglobal.net
Tue Oct 7 08:34:58 PDT 2003

I want to thank you all so very much for answering my question and many times in many
ways.  Wow, I'm so glad I asked now!  There's so many variables to consider.  Thanks very


--- Carolyn Kayta Barrows <kayta at frys.com> wrote:
> >   I agree, embroidery should, if possible, be done
> >before the garment is assembled with the cutting line
> >and sewing line of the pattern piece drawn on the
> >fabric. For example if you want to embroider a
> >contrasting key hole neck line treatment on a tunic,
> >draw out the neckline piece but do not cut it out,
> >stretch it, embroider it, then cut it out to sew on
> >the tunic. This will also help you to plot out just
> >how the pattern should be laid out on the fabric so
> >the pattern does not "over run" the edges or not match
> >up.
> I'd rather do embroidery on a shirt after the shirt is finished.  That way 
> the pattern flows smoothly over any seams, without any gaps.  Also, a shirt 
> is not so big that it gets awkward to handle while embroidering on it.  I 
> have an 1850's under-sleeve that was embroidered after it was finished, and 
> some of the eyelets go right into the seam allowance.  From the outside the 
> embroidery is in a continuous piece, with no gap from mis-guessing how much 
> to allow for seams.
> >   Ideally the fabric should be stretched on a frame so
> >that the needlework will not distort the fabric and
> >thus distort the fit of the garment. You will be much
> >more satisfied with the results of your embroidery
> >this way.
> I do mostly cross-stitch and blackwork, and never use a frame or hoop for 
> it.  My tension is good enough, with those techniques anyway, that there is 
> no puckering.  But if I use a hoop, there always seem to be stretch marks 
> in the finished work, caused by the hoops.  But if you even think there 
> will be a problem with puckering, that's why they invented hoops and frames.
>         CarolynKayta Barrows
> dollmaker, fibre artist, textillian
>           www.FunStuft.com
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