In my first attempts at embroidering a blank garment for a small child, I must admit I struggled. I often made the design too large for the small figure and it always landed in the wrong place. Oh, it looked great when the garment was flat but when worn, it was an entirely different story. The design usually hit closer to the belly button than up near the neckline. And a good portion of a left chest embroidery pretty much always wound up in the armpit. Once the Children’s Perfect Placement Kit was available, I was saved. I just rely on that handy tool to get the embroidery in the right scale and location for young ones.
At the other end of the scale, embroidering for plus size figures gave me the same trouble. So what’s my problem? Familiarity. I know what works on a garment that fits a person about my size, give or take a few sizes up or down the scale. But adding a left chest logo to say a man’s XXXL shirt, is not something I do every day. So finding the right location is difficult. I was relieved when the Embroiderer’s Big Helper was released. Everyone deserves to look their best when wearing embroidered garments and it’s up to embroiderers to make sure they do. After all, it’s the stitchers who set the look. The common man (those poor souls who don’t stitch) don’t know any better. They need to be led, steered in the right direction when it comes to embroidered garb. After all, they are a walking advertisement for your skills. So help them look their best – use the Embroiderer’s Big Helper when stitching on plus size shirts.
Let me show you how easy it to use.
Fuse Sulky’s Soft N Sheer Plus to the wrong side of the design area. Use enough to fill the hoop – you can trim the excess after stitching.
Place the shirt on a flat work surface. Align the Helper’s straight edge with the center of the placket and position the curved cutout at the neckline. Align a target sticker to the corresponding size notch.
Remove the Helper and stitch the design.
Remove the shirt from the hoop. Turn the garment inside out and place it on a terrycloth towel on a pressing surface. Press the stabilizer. Once it’s heated, gently lift it away from the shirt and trim away the excess leaving about ½” stabilizer around the design. Press again to fuse it back to the garment.
Present the shirt to the lucky recipient!
Here’s your assignment this week:
Every sewing studio runs more smoothly with embroidery essentials. For today’s blog, Eileen reached for Sulky’s Soft N Sheer Plus to complete the garment. What’s your favorite go-to Sulky product?
Post a comment and one very lucky winner is going to score BIG courtesy of our friends at Sulky! Prize includes:
- 8” roll of Tear Easy
- 8” roll of Solvy
- 8” roll of Soft ‘n Sheer
- 1 can of KK 2000
- A set of 12 Rayon Threads
The retail value is approximately: $105
The winner of last week’s assignment answered the following question:
Which approach do you most identify with? Are you the experienced machine embroider that begins a new quilt like Eileen or a more novice embroider like Denise who used the quilt designs to finish existing projects? Post your comments and one random winner will be selected to win Windmill Garden Quilts designs. And the winner is: Beth R. – “I am more of a novice type – plus I have plenty of existing projects to finish!”