Final update on my T-shirt fiasco. Except for the orange shirt, I have stitched around the outside of all embroidery as you can see in the close-up of the word Toucan. I've applied fray check around everything as well and applied another layer of fusible no-show mesh to the back to further stabilize the fabric. What a tedious job! I'm recommending that my daughter wash these by hand. We'll see how long they hold up. The orange shirt has applique and the appliqued part did not seem to be damaged. The lettering around it was so small, I just stitched an outline around it and again used the fray check. Thanks for all you advice! I haven't yet decided on what to do with the 5 other shirt she asked me to embroider.
I have not yet decided what to do with these shirts, but here is the 4th one. I haven't washed it yet, but can see the broken threads of the shirt around the stitching. I also haven't decided yet how to proceed with more, but I appreciate all of your suggestions and guidance about your procedures.
I embroider a lot of T shirts. I turn the shirt wrong side out and fuse a piece of fusible mesh to the area the design will be on. Fuse a second piece so you have a crisscross like an X. Turn the shurt, right side out.Hoop a medium tear away, spray with basting spray and lay the shirt on top. Smooth it out but don't stretch. Baste the shirt down and start your design. If there are any parts of the design that are more stitch intensive, float a piece of tearaway under the hoop. When finished, gently tear the tearaway from the shirt. The fusible can be trimmed about an inch away from the design. Hope this helps.
I can certainly understand how disappointed you are. I can only tell you what I have done and it works for me. I use a tear away stabilizer, medium weight and I am careful not to stretch the fabric in the hoop. I use adhesive spray and also pin the fabric and stabilizer to be sure the fabric doesn't slip. I have no idea if this helps, but I hope you manage to find the method that works for you.
After using the Terrial Magic, float or hoop a piece of cut away. If you look at store bought shirts, they all use at least a medium weight cut away. If you are going to throw this shirt away, use it to test. Hugs. Nan
School children younger than high school are amazingly uncritical. And appreciative of your humor.
Betsy where you a teacher? Love your reply
Thanks, she teaches in an elementary school. I am not concerned about criticism, but that the shirts might fall apart when worn or the next time they are washed. I also have 2 more planned, but I'm afraid to go ahead with them.
How annoying and frustrating too