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Embroidery on knit fabric, with free download

How exciting would it be to use knitwear to embroider on? Not really like an application, but a variation of the filled surface of embroidery.

I wanted to find out.

What do you need?

  • A cotton fabric to embroider on (or jeans jacket, or bag, or…). 
  • Knit fabric (or you knit it yourself: than take larger needles than standard required to keep your knitwear flexible, or cut out an old pullover)  21 x 21 cm
  • Mettler Poly Sheen embroidery thread (I used colours 453, 5912 Erin Green, 5833 Limabean, 1055 Bark and 542 Ochre)
  • Cut-away stabilizer 
  • Water soluble stabilizer (light version) 21 x 21 cm
  • The embroidery file Tree embroidery on knit fabric
  • The Maxi Hoop
  • Mettler adhesive spray

Be sure to prewash both fabrics before starting the embroidery project.

Set the stabilizer and the cotton in the hoop. Follow the steps you can see on the picture below.

Start embroidering the first part: it shows you the position for the knit fabric. You can start nr 1 and 2 with the colour you will use for nr 3, as it will be covered later on.

Set the knit fabric in place, if necessary you can use Mettler Web Bond adhesive spray (don’t use too much, it is sticky for all fibres in the project). Put the water soluble stabilizer on top and pin both to the cotton.

The second embroidery line stitches the knit in place. 

Go on with stitch line nr 3.

Take the hoop away from the machine and cut away all excess of fabric and water soluble stabilizer around the stitched surface.

Embroider part 4, 5, 6 and 7 in the required colours.

Remove the layer of soluble stabilizer as careful as you can. You can probably put a pin horizontally to lift it up, or a very sharp scissorpoint.

To remove the last parts, you can use a wet cotton bud, to go over it, or use the wet steam of your iron above your project.

Finish your project for what you had liked to make with it. Mine was a shopping bag:

I’m very pleased with the result. A really nice difference in shine between the leaves and the tree trunk.

It gives extra structure and texture to the embroidery.

I’m sure I will do these kind of projects again!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to Complete: Evening
Used Material: cotton, cut-away stabilizer, Mettler Poly Sheen, water soluble stabilizer
Used Products:
BERNINA Embroidery Software 8
BERNINA Embroidery Software 8
Embroidery foot # 26 (drop-shaped)
Embroidery foot # 26 (drop-shaped)

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