Do you want to add some custom embroidery on your plain tshirt? It’s actually not that hard to do. All you need is a needle, thread, a sewing machine (if you have one), a stabilizer, and some skills. In fact, you don’t really need to be an expert in knitting to do this. You just need to perfect the basics, and you should have no problem creating a custom embroidery on your tshirt. Here are a few tips on how to do it:
Always Use a Good Quality Shirt
This is probably one of the most important things to think about– using a quality shirt. Shirts that are thin and are made out of materials that are easier to rip apart won’t be able to take the stitching that well. This is why we usually recommend that you get the thick stitched cotton shirts so that you’ll have an easier time.
Wash Before You Stitch
This is another really important step to take before you start stitching. Always remember to wash and dry your shirt first. If you wash it right after stitching it, the design might shrink and get distorted. So it’s always better to wash the shirt before you stitch your design. Then, wear the shirt so that the thread can adapt to the material and its elasticity. After you use it a few times, you can wash it again. If it does shrink, the stitch will just shrink along with the shirt.
Test Out a Sample Stitch
If you’re a beginner, then it is highly recommended that you test out the stitch on an old shirt before you start on the real one. Once you start your embroidery on your good shirt, it won’t come off if you make a mistake. This is why you have to be as precise and as detailed as possible. The best way to get to this level of detail is to practice first.
In order to practice, just get a couple of old shirts and try stitching on it. If you make a mistake, at least you can either throw out the old shirt or just use it for sleeping. Once you perfect the stitch, then you can move on to the actual shirt.
Use a Stabilizer
Earlier, we mentioned that you need to have a stabilizer whenever you do embroidery. The reason for this is because the stitch might break apart or the design might get distorted when the fabric stretches. In order to prevent this, you need to use a stabilizer.
Most people use a water soluble press on stabilizer that can be peeled off in the back. This is the easiest stabilizer to use as it can be used just like a sticker. This allows you to follow a pattern that will stick no matter how much you stretch the fabric. Stabilizers are pretty flexible, so you should have no problem.
Use A Lightweight Needle
Creating custom embroidery is actually pretty delicate, so you can’t just use any needle. It is recommended that you use the smallest needle for this so that you can even work on the details, especially if you’re doing a rather complicated design. A good needle to use is a 70/10 or a 80/12 needle.
Don’t Use a Heavy Design
Heavy designs are those designs that have a lot of layers and thick thread stitches on them. If you make heavy designs, you’re bound to get lumpy embroidery which makes the shirt stiff. So if you want the best custom embroidery, then use a lighter design.
Take out the Stabilizer
Once you’re done with stitching, then you have to make sure you take out the stabilizers. To do this, use a pair of scissors to cut out the loose ends. After that, start tearing the stabilizer on the edges. Keep on doing this slowly until you take out the whole thing. Make sure though, that you don’t affect the stitches. If you’re using a water soluble stabilizer, make sure you soak the embroidery in warm water first and hang the tshirt out to dry.
Iron the Tshirt
The last thing to do is to iron the shirt. This is done so that you can give the embroidery a nice finish to it. It’ll become smoother and will really embed the stitches to the shirt. After that you can start wearing the shirt.
Want to make some custom embroidery on your shirt? Then follow some of these tips. While designing your shirt with embroidery isn’t as hard as what people think, it isn’t a walk in the park either. It has a few steps to take and a lot of detail to note. As long as you pay attention to the detail and follow these handy little tricks, then you should have no problem.