November '14

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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20 1 4 N ov e m b e r Printwear | 61 can chip the needle, making it a recipe for disaster for the next run, especially when stitching knits. A chipped ballpoint nee- dle can be as disastrous to knits as a sharp point. Remove backing Now it's time to address the backing. Choose one that tears cleanly in all direc- tions and removal should be a breeze. If you are cutting it away, consider rounding the corners for the wearer's comfort. Even tearaways can distort a design if removed roughly, so place your fingers near the stitching to reduce stress and remove multiple layers one at a time. Reverse the garment and hold it so the garment and the backing show. Bend the backing away from the garment and slide the scissors in between. Make sure your scissors are sharp by testing them on sheer organza, (which also makes a terrific backing. If they chew the organza, it is time to replace or sharpen. A gliding motion is a safe way to slice through the backing, as is a sharp seam ripper. Slide it around the perimeter of the design with the ball against the fabric. check foR loops If a loop is not carried through the fabric or pulled back through and tightened, loops can appear on either side of the embroidery design. Don't cut loops—pull them to the back and either tie the separate threads if long enough or secure with a product that checks frays. A bodkin tool or very thin crochet hook will slide through the fabric and catch the loop for a clean pull through to the back. To remove backing, slide a sharp seam ripper around the design's perime- ter with the ball against the fabric.

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