May '20

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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2 0 2 0 M A Y P R I N T W E A R 4 1 to use Mylar will be digitized specifically for that material. The tack down stitch will include a light fill stitch, covering the top of the Mylar. Since Mylar is delicate and can tear easily, the light fill over top acts as a stability stitch, but once stitched out appears decorative. "Another technique that invites unique de- signs is reverse appliqué. Reverse appliqué is added to the back side of your embroidery hoop rather than placing the appliqué on the top side. This type of appliqué looks best on garments, like a plain T-shirt, jacket, or dress. This type of design will stitch out a marking stitch on to your base fabric in- dicating where to remove the base fabric. Once this fabric is trimmed away the sta- bilizer will be exposed. Since these designs are run on water-soluble stabilizer, once that is rinsed away the appliqué that has been placed on the back of the embroi- dery hoop will now show through, cre- ating an interesting peek-a-boo effect," Laboy concludes. Customizing a purchased stock design is a creative way to circumnavigate if an embroiderer doesn't do their own digitizing. Many of the leading stock design companies will either alter a design slightly for you or suggest ways in which you might accomplish a unique look through the choice of fabric, placement, specialty thread substitution, or addition of lettering. Stock designs are an excellent place to begin, and once you make them your own, the possibilities are endless! PW Alice Wolf is manager of education and publica- tions at Madeira USA. Her marketing skills developed in the fields of publishing and public relations, cover- ing art, home décor, film and television production. Elizabeth Yelle joins Madeira USA's marketing team as product marketer, organizing, analyzing, and mastering embroidery. Opposite: Mylar is delicate and can tear easily, but is used as an appliqué mate- rial in Mylar Spring, where it is digitized carefully so that the tack down stitch will include a light fill stitch, letting the Mylar peek through, but pre- venting it from tearing. (Photo courtesy Anita Goodesign) Left: Location, placement, and materials—all are up for custom- ization with Reverse Appliqué which renders a unique peek-a-boo effect. (Photo courtesy Anita Goodesign)

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