by pennyhal2 01 Oct 2017

I've noticed that when I stitchout a design that my fabric shrinks the WOF but not length. Not a lot, but enough to throw a frame off. I do use a basting stitch, but does not help. I've tried different kinds of stabilizers but so far none fixes the problem 100%. I haven't used a cutaway because it won't work with how I like my mug rugs. I'm not getting puckering, just that the frame is thrown off a little. I've been heavily starching the fabric and that helps.

I use a bottom weight fabric that is pretty heavy, so I can't decide if the fabric is shrinking because it is the WOF, or if the thread is taking up the fabric in the areas that are dense.

I was thinking of trying Terial Magic. Does anyone have experience with this product? It's sort of expensive for the amount I'd need.


by castor 04 Oct 2017

please check your Tension On the Back of your Work you should see two thirds of Top thread and one third of Bobbin thread I hope this helps hugs Ursula

pennyhal2 by pennyhal2 05 Oct 2017

Ha! The shop told me that not seeing the bobbin thread was what it was suppose to do! Wrong.

sewist1 by sewist1 05 Oct 2017

The shop told you wrong. Did they tighten your bobbin tension? I stick with the one third two thirds but some say you should be more than one third bobbin showing.

sewist1 by sewist1 05 Oct 2017

No wonder it is pulling your embroidery.

by sewdoctor 02 Oct 2017

Besides the go with the grain in one of the posts....sometimes it helps to loosen the tension..does for me...

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pennyhal2 by pennyhal2 04 Oct 2017

I asked the shop....they told me not to fiddle with the tension...I'm beginning to think they are nuts...

by asterixsew Moderator 02 Oct 2017

In just checking up posts that I worked on yesterday. Please is it possible to answer the questions that Cuties have asked for to help you or have you been able to solve the problem? If you have solved it what did you do to solve it? Thanks and please keep us updated

by kustomkuddle 02 Oct 2017

Not sure if this will work for you, but worth a try if you are not already doing it. I have an husqvarna embroidery instructor that teaches : the grain of the fabric being embroidered should always go in the hoop with the grain going the length of the hoop (top to bottom). It is supposed to reduce puckering and other problems.

pennifold by pennifold 04 Oct 2017

I agre Debbie - I always have grain of fabric top to bottom in my hoops. Love Chris

marianamin2003 by marianamin2003 08 Oct 2017

Great information. I never thought of this. Thanks.

by stock 02 Oct 2017

have you tried iron on stabilizer usually works well..wendy

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pennyhal2 by pennyhal2 02 Oct 2017

I thought of that, but there are already 4 layers that I'm stitching through and hesitated to add another. I'll have to give it a try.

by dragonflyer 01 Oct 2017

Hmmm...can you help us out with a photo so we can see the problem?

by asterixsew Moderator 01 Oct 2017

Hi pennyhal I'm not at my brightest at the moment so please can you let me know what WOF is. Thanks

dragonflyer by dragonflyer 01 Oct 2017

....width of fabric.... :)

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asterixsew by asterixsew 01 Oct 2017

Does the problem occur with all the designs that you sew out and another question what is Terial Magic please? Thanks

dragonflyer by dragonflyer 01 Oct 2017

It is a liquid fabric stabilizer...a bit is a video..