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TIPS

Fabric
Needle Size
Backing
Topping
Tips
Lt Weight Denim
70-75 Sharp
Tearaway
None
Hoop Tight
Med. Denim
75-80 Sharp
Tearaway/None
None
Hoop Tight
Heavy Denim
80 Sharp
Tearaway/None
None
Hoop Tight
Oxford Shirting
70-75 Sharp
Med. Tearaway
None
Dress Cotton Shirting
70 Sharp
Med. Tearaway
Light Cutaway
None
Pique Knit
70-75 Ball
Lt./Med.Cutaway or Polymesh and Tearaway*
Yes
Hoop smooth, don't distort knit.
Cotton Interlock
70-75 Ball
Lt./Med.Cutaway or Polymesh and Tearaway*
Detail -Yes
Hoop smooth, don't distort knit.
Sweatshirts
75-80 Ball
Med. Cutaway
Detail -Yes
High stitch density or running on tubular frames may require more or heavier backing.
Lt. Weight T-shirts
70-75 Ball
Med. Cutaway or High Density Tearaway or Polymesh and Tearaway*
Detail-Yes
Light T-shirts may not hold some embroidery well, problems may not show until laundered.
Caps, Woven
75-80 Sharp
Med. to Heavy Tearaway
None
Caps with fused buchram may not need any backing. Backing should completely cover the sewing area and be hooped with the cap.
Canvas
75-80 Sharp, maybe 90, depending on weight of canvas.
Tearaway or None
None
Hoop tight
Cordura/Coated Fabrics
Same, maybe teflon or titanium coated.
Tearaway or None
None
Watch for build up of the coating on needles.
Terry Cloth
70-75 Sharp
Med. Tearaway
Yes
Extra Underlay

*Many left chest designs can be sewn very successfully on knits using a combination of our Polymesh and a Medium to Light Tearaway. Hoop 1 piece of each with the knit garment, have the Polymesh next to the garment and the tearaway as the outside layer. Polymesh is very successful when embroidering on light colors or white that are sheer enough for a standard cutaway to be visible. Once you are finished embroidering the garment pull off the tearaway and trim around the Polymesh.

 

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