Machine Embroidery on Jackets

Of all the different wearable items that can be embroidered, jackets would appear to be the easiest. When most of think of jackets in terms of embroidery, large areas for full back and left chest designs come to mind. What many of us often forget are the little curveballs apparel manufacturers are adding into their designs such as box pleats and seams down the back. Fashion forward styles may have things like raglan sleeves which can throw off design placement since they lack the guideline of a shoulder seam.

One sure way to begin with a jacket that is fit for embroidery is to focus on working with styles that give the fewest headaches. Therefore, do some research on the newest trends. In addition, start with a machine that is in top notch condition, with fresh needles and bobbins. Below are the other basic elements to consider in your quest for trouble-free jacket embroidery.

Choosing a hoop

The best choice in hoops for jackets is the double-high hoop. This hoop is taller than the average hoop so offers more holding power. You can wrap your hoop with white floral tape, medical gauze, twill tape or bias tape to prevent hoop marks and help give a snug fit. Tissue paper, backing or waxed paper can also be used. Hoop these materials on top of the jacket, then cut a window for the embroidery. A thin layer of foam under the tape can also help. But avoid masking tape as it tends to be sticky and leaves a residue on jacket and hoop. When choosing your hoops, remember that oval hoops hold better all the way around than do square hoops with oval corners. The “square oval” holds better in the corners than on the sides, top and bottom.

Needles

The size and type of needle will depend on the fabric of the jacket. Leather jackets call for an 80/12 sharp. (Wedge shaped “leather” needles tend to do more harm than good.) Use this same sharp needle on poplin and other cotton-type jackets. Use a 70/10 or 80/12 light ballpoint on nylon windbreakers and a 75/11 fine ballpoint on satins and oxford nylons to avoid runs in the fabric. Heavy wool jackets, canvas and denim jackets require a stronger sharp needle. Corduroy stitches well with either ballpoint or sharp. Remember that ballpoint needles nudge the fabric out of the way in order to place the stitch, while sharps cut through the fabric. A good rule of thumb is to use the same size needle to embroider as you would to sew the seams of the jacket in assembly.

As for thread, polyester is a good choice for embroidery on jackets that will be exposed to the weather and coastal climates. Be sure to include washing and dry cleaning instructions with your finished product. Consider choosing a large-eye needle when working with metallic and other heavy specialty threads

Placing the design

Hold a straight-edge across the jacket back from side seam to side seam at the bottom of the sleeves. Mark a horizontal straight line, then double check this with a measurement from the bottom of the jacket to the same line. Jackets are not always sewn together straight. Measure the straight line and divide in half to find the center of the jacket. Place a vertical line through the horizontal line at this point. The intersection of the two lines will be the center. If you are rotating the design to sew upside-down or sideways, take this into consideration when measuring and later when hooping. Use tailor’s chalk, disappearing ink pens or soap to mark your garments. Avoid using pins. Masking tape is available in thin strips at graphic and art stores. It is easy to remove and leaves no marks. Wider masking tape, though, can leave residue.

Centering the design eight inches down from the back of the collar is a good place to start, and should work with most jackets. Small sizes may do better at six inches; very large ones may end up at 10 inches. The top of the design should fall about 2 ½ inches down from the collar of the jacket. But remember that this will change if the jacket has a hood. Then it will be necessary to place the design below the hood.

The best way to determine the center point of the design is to have someone try the jacket on, or invest in a mannequin. Pin an outline of the design or a sew-out to the back, making sure to include lettering and graphics to determine size and placement. Left or right chest designs should be centered three to four inches from the edge of the jacket and six to eight down from where the collar and the jacket body intersect. When embroidering on jackets with snaps or buttons, use the second snap or button as a guide.

Be careful not to place the design too close to the sleeve side of the jacket. Designs are not to be centered on the left chest. The correct placement is closer to the placket than to the sleeve. The center of a sleeve design should fall three to four inches below the shoulder seam of the sleeve. When placing a design on the sleeve of a raglan style jacket, mark the placement using a live model or a mannequin.
Backings

The complexity of a design will often be the major factor when choosing a backing for embroidery. Stitch intensive designs may need the extra stability backing provides. Even jackets made of fabrics such as poplin and satin (that might not otherwise cry out for a backing) can benefit from its use, especially if the design is complex. Consider attaching the backing to the jacket with spray adhesive before hooping to increase stability. Attaching a piece of light cut-away backing-or even rear-away-to a satin jacket can hold the jacket better while stitching, allowing for good registration in your design. And, if you should need to remove stitching, the presence of a backing can make your job easier and safer. Backing can also prevent residue from coated canvas fabrics from raining down into the bobbin housing.

Most jacket materials do not require topping. The exception to this might be the corduroy or fleece jacket where the use of a topping can tame the fluff of the fleece and prevent stitches from falling into the valleys of the corduroy. The use of underlay does a better job than topping for challenging fabrics-and as an added benefit, it does not wash away.

Hooping technique

When hooping, especially large or bulky items, start from the “fixed” side of the thumbscrew and travel around the hoop to the “free end.” Use the heels of your hands to alleviate stress on your fingers and wrists. When hooping flat on a table, make sure that there is nothing between the hoop and the table. If any adjustment is needed, hold as much of the upper hoop in place as you can while adjusting. This prevents the garment from popping out of the hoop.

Always make sure the jacket lining is smooth, and double check to determine that the outer shell and the lining are even. Turning the sleeves inside out can help with hooping a lined jacket.

Hooping too loosely can cause puckering, too tightly can cause fabric burn. It can also stretch the fabric causing it to “spring back” when unhooped, meaning more puckering. Tips to prevent puckering include lightening the tension upper and lower, using tear-away if lettering is fill, using mid-weight cutaway if lettering or design is satin stitch. Adjust the hoops before hooping the garment and do not pull or stretch the fabric after it is hooped. Puckering is a risk when stitching on satin, and the lighter the weight of the satin, the more the danger of puckers. You will have the best results when the hold is firm. If you can move the satin around in the hoop, it will move while stitching.

A light pressing or steaming of the area to be embroidered can improve results and ensure that lining and jacket are lined up correctly. While you are checking to make sure your bobbins are full, it is a good idea to check that no part of the jacket is doubled up under the hoop. And please make sure you are not sewing pockets shut, especially inner ones.

Hooping the jacket upside-down and reversing the design is a good way to keep the bulk of the jacket away from the needles. Make sure the arms of the jacket are out of the way of any stitching before you begin. Use clothespins, bulldog clips, quilting clips or even large hair clips. Make sure that you support the weight of the jacket during embroidery to prevent the fabric from slipping out of the hoop, and to help ensure good registration. Embroidering jackets on the tabletop instead of in the tubular mode can help prevent the weight of the jacket from hampering the job. Check also to make sure the material is flat against the throat plate. If you can push down the fabric, the presser foot will too, and this can cause flagging. Flagging can cause stitching problems and poor registration.

Learn Some Fashion Ideas

You can purchase branded clothes and shoes, but you cannot buy fashion sense. If you do not follow fashion ideas, you might start looking old fashioned. To follow the latest fashion trends and be part of the modern fashion world, you must know the latest styles and trends in your city and the fashion industry. Women love their shoes and clothes and it is hard to look good without the right combination of both.

Shoes are one of the most important fashion products. My younger sister spends a lot of her money on fashionable shoes and accessories. She doesn’t mind spending 80% of her salary on fashion. Every fashionable woman wants to keep abreast of the latest fashion trend. If you do not purchase the right shoes that are in vogue, it might end up being a waste of money.

After reading this, you might think to yourself “Yes, I would like to know the hottest fashion in town”. You have come to the right place, if you love fashion then this is a must read for you.

1. Read fashion magazines – If you never used to read fashion magazines, you need to start now. There are a lot of fashion magazines where you can learn fashion trends at the book stalls, these include Vogue, Lucky, Elle, Harper Bazaar, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan amongst others.

2. Blogs- There is tens of thousands of fashion blogs on the internet. You can read blogs and the blog comments to get more fashion ideas.

3. Online stores and websites- There are online shops and websites that provide information on latest fashion trends including shoes.

4. TVs and films – When you watch television and movies, you get a lot of information on the latest fashion trends. Actors and actresses wear designer outfits and shoes to impress viewers. Designers also promote their brands through various channels and movies.

5. Experiment – You too can experiment with your outfits and shoes. This is 100% legal and nobody can stop you from doing this.

6. Fashion shows – Top brands such as UGG boots, Gabor shoes and similar brands organize fashion shows exclusively to display their new and latest range of fashion products. You can learn a lot from these shows.

7. Brand advertisement – If you drive by the nearest malls or shopping complex, you are bound to see big billboards or banners advertising brands such as Moda in Pelle shoes, UGG boots, Lulu Guinness etc. You can get information on latest fashion ideas and trends from these advertisements.

8. Fashion from different continents – You can follow shoe fashion trends of various continents and countries such as India, Japan, Pakistan, Lebanon etc.

9. Other ladies’ fashion – You can go to the market or shopping malls to see what type of shoes other ladies are wearing on different outfits. You can adopt their styles to suit yours; this is one of the best ways to determine the right fashion for you.

The whole world is looking at your fashion sense. Be fashionable and bold, learn new fashion ideas and impress the people around you.

Women’s Boots – All Time Favourite Ultra-Chic Footwear

Women's Boots

One of the most popular footwear among women is boots. Boots are usually worn in cold winter months, but now the concept has changed and it is being worn throughout the year. Women’s Boots are usually easily available at all online stores. Shopping for boots at an affordable price is very easy. There are online stores where you would find boots, of your style and size. Sometimes it can be difficult to choose a pair from the wide variety that is available at these online stores.

There are variety of styles and designs available in boots for women. Whether it is a wedge heeled boots or ankle length or knee-high ones each type of boots evoke a different type of fashion statement. Wide calf boots are more popular in middle-aged woman. Leather buckled boots are ideal for the younger generation. You can team up your boots with any kind of outfit. From short skirts to hot pants to denim trousers and leather jackets and short dresses, women’s boots goes well with almost anything. Narrow fit jeans can also be teamed up with your boots if you are going for a party.

 Women’s Boots are available in a variety of colours. Colours like black, brown, blue, red, and many more. The heels can vary from the clogged ones to flat and stilettos. Hiking boots and military boots are also very popular among young women. More and more brands are coming up these days with more options and variety from which you can select when you are shopping for your dream pair of stylish and trendy boots. Boots are available in wool, plastic as well as leather.

There is boots of various styles and heels, which you can choose. From -inch heel to 6 inches, you can choose your heel type according to your needs and requirements. The heel improves the posture however; continuous use affects the general health too. According to the present fashion trend, the fur and suede style is simply wonderful. Another very popular style that has caught on is the thigh high boots. Of course, this is not ideal for the working people. However, if you want to make an impression with your gorgeous outfit and boots then it is the perfect choice.

The classy colours and chic styles make women’s boots one of the most popular footwear. If you are choosing these boots then you should go for the ones with a rounded toe. With these kinds of boots it is better that, you opt for leggings since they are so sleek and fitted. Therefore, if you want to stand out in the crowd then you should go for these ultra chic boots.

If you are planning to purchase from online counters then you can choose to go for ones, which has a free shipping policy and the returns policy, which is easy and hassle free. There are many stores where you would find a suitable designer or brand offering your size. Whatever is your need or desires, choose the shoes, which best suits, your budget and style. You are sure to look stunning and very attractive when you are wearing trendy and fashionable boots for women.