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Are you using the right stabilizer?

September 10th, 2012

In my opinion, stabilizers are hard to get a handle on. If you use too much stabilizer then your design comes out bulky and ruins your fabric. If you don’t use enough, the fabric it too loose and will effect the registration of the design. So it seems that finding the right stabilizer is impossible, right?! WRONG! It’s all about finding the right balance! Don’t give up friends!

There are many different types of stabilizers out there! Let me outline a few for you (the information below comes from threadsmagazine.com-awesome resource!):

Cut-Away Stabilizers– this is a permanent stabilizer that stays on the fabric throughout the embroidery process. This particular stabilizer helps keep the design from stretching out with frequent washing.

Tear-Away Stabilizers- this is a temporary stabilizer that will be removed after embroidery. Warning: make sure to buy a  tear-away stabilizer that will tear in all directions as well as one direction.

Heat-Away Stabilizers- this is an option when the fabric is too delicate for a tear-away stabilizer or too sheer for a cut-away stabilizer. These are very tricky to use and can ruin your fabric and design. Use caution and make sure to read all the instructions before using!

Wash-Away Stabilizer- these stabilizers dissolve when wet. They can also add additional support if used on top of the fabric to keep the stitches from sinking in.

Water- Soluble Stabilizer- these also dissolve in water but you brush them on (or spray them on) the fabric to stiffen the area. They are great when working with mesh or soft, delicate fabrics and can be washed away.

Many stabilizers look alike so make sure to make sure the bottles are clearly labeled!

I hope this helps!!

-Kristen W.

***Most of the information comes from this and this website! Both are FABULOUS resources to use!

*Picture is also from threadsmagazine.com

Spotlight Design!!

September 5th, 2012

It’s time for another Spotlight Design!

The design we are featuring this time is from one of our awesome customers, Charlotte Beakley at Whimsy & Wishes!

There is wide variety of designs we get each and every day. Each of these designs has a story to tell! This is a very special design with a great story behind it! This design was done for Susan G. Komen fundraising team who call themselves “Cindy’s Pink Ninja’s.” Charlotte said, “They came up with this logo and are using it to raise awareness of breast cancer and for fundraising in many creative ways.  They won’t stop “fighting like a ninja” until a cure is found :)” What an inspiration this team is!

Charlotte  says, “The design stitched out perfectly!! Now they have a perfect, digitized replica of their adorable logo and I know they will be thrilled!!”

For more information about this fundraising team visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cindyspinkninjas?sk=wall&filter=2

Check out the finished product on the target surface below, a 3”w X 3”h left chest design:

School is here!

August 29th, 2012

The school bells have started ringing in your neighborhood yet? Schools in Tulsa have already started and we are so excited! School is the beginning of a new season around here. New orders are being placed, new customers are calling in! It’s a very exciting time here at Edigitize!

Lately we have been receiving orders for sports uniforms! Getting these orders in always reminder that football is right around the corner!

How many sports orders have you placed today?

 

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