If you are like a lot of people, you have older t-shirts sitting around that you haven't gotten much use out of lately. Luckily, you can spruce them up with a bit of embroidery. However, if you're a novice at the craft, it can be hard to know some details that will help make the process a simpler and easier one. Use these pointers as a guide.
Select Simple Designs
If you've not done much embroidery on different fabrics, it's a good idea to start with a design that's very simple and has a lot open space rather than designs that are too complex. Not only can it be a challenge when working with the t-shirt fabric, but intricate embroidery may make part of the t-shirt stiffer and it may not seem as flowy as other t-shirts.
Work with Thicker Shirts
Of all the t-shirts to embroider on, the best candidates may be those that have thicker material, as they provide a sturdy base for the needlework you want to do. Shirts for men are typically thick enough for this, but you can generally find thicker plain-colored shirts for women in big box stores.
Work With a Stabilizer
A stabilizer helps the shirt to stay in place while you're working on it. Your first impulse might be to get a tearaway stabilizer, which can be more affordable, but it is usually made of paper and can dissolve faster than a cutaway stabilizer, so consider that when making your decision.
Use a Hoop
To ensure success, "hooping" a shirt with an embroidery hoop is good idea. By positioning your shirt inside the hoop, you can stretch it out tight and avoid the kind of design distortions and puckering that can sometimes be seen on embroidered items.
To do this, first you'll have use a spray adhesive or fabric tape to attach your stabilizer to the shirt so that it stays in place. Next, using each rectangular piece of the embroidery hoop as you might a picture frame, place one piece beneath the stabilizer, stretch the shirt, and put the other hoop piece on the t-shirt fabric itself. That should provide you with a tight rectangular space to embroider.
With the pointers above, you can embroider designs on your t-shirts and give them a new life. Talking with others who know how to embroider and seeking out experts can help you learn even more. You can also reach out to a professional, such as C & E Imprinted Sportswear, if you aren't comfortable doing the embroidery yourself.