Craft Tip of the Day~~~ Appliqueing on T-shirts

19 Mar

I don’t know about you but I had such a hard time embroidering on T-shirts when I first started!!!  I couldn’t tell you how many shirts I ruined!!!  The shirt always pulled or stretched.  Something always happened!!  I was about to give up on making shirts for my kids.  I just couldn’t figure out how all those people on ETSY and EBAY made all those cute shirts.

I finally got smart and went to my local sewing store and asked what I was doing wrong.  It of course was my stabilizer!!  The kind women introduced me to  Hydro- Stick Tear away stabilizer.  Oh my goodness what a WONDERFUL product!!!!  So easy to use and now all my shirts turn out perfect!!


In case you  have not used it, here is a quick tutorial on how to use this great product.

Turn your T-shirt inside out

Cut off a section big enough for your project.  This is going to be your stabilizer for your t shirt.  You will not need anything else ( unless you need a topping over your project , but that will be another post for another day)

Get a wash cloth wet and dampen the shinny side of the stabilizer.  It will become sticky.

Put the wet side down on the back of the T-shirt and press firmly to stick the stabilizer to the T-shirt

Turn Right side out and hoop as normal

Since the Stabilizer is sticky it holds the shirt tightly in place.  It will not move at all!!

When you have completed the design just pull off all the extra stabilizer from the back.

Now you will have  a perfectly stitched T-shirt!!

3 Responses to “Craft Tip of the Day~~~ Appliqueing on T-shirts”

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  2. Emily October 12, 2012 at 12:59 am #

    Does it not pull and pucker after you wash it? That is my biggest problem with using any tearaway stabilizer with a t-shirt is that it will stitch out fine, but after I get rid of the extra, the design pulls in on itself! I just use medium weight cutaway…

    • Roxy October 15, 2013 at 7:46 am #

      Wash the shirt ahead of time, and any shrinkage will occur before the stabilizer is applied

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