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Embroidery backing

Embroidery Backing lends support to beautiful designs

Behind every quality embroidery design is quality backing. Backing stabilizes the design and the result is a crisp design. A garment without backing may shrink and cause the design to pucker. Pucker is one word which strikes into the heart of every embroiderer.It is important that the backing used is compatible with the fabric. There is a vast array of backings to choose from. The most common are tear away backing and cut away backing.

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Tear away is a non-woven fabric that tears in any direction. This is recommended for embroideries with low stitch count. It is preferred for shirt front designs because you can get real clean separation when the stitching is done. However you must be careful when removing the backing because you can distort the design if you pull to hard

Cutaway backing

Cutaway can be a woven or nonwoven fabric. It recommended for use on high stitch count designs. You must be careful to remove it by cutting. You cannot tear away the backing if you are using a cutaway backing. It is recommend you always use to layers of backing to make the design to look crisp and beautiful.

Cutaway is recommended for fleece garments especially those that have a high pile or soft feel to the fabric. High stitch count designs do require extra backing. It is recommended that you always use cut a way.

Always have two types of backing on file

Decosource recommends you always have the two types of backing on hand to cover any embroidery projects coming into your shop.

Most embroiderers use two layers of backing as a rule of thumb. A more stable fabric would use one layer and a light fabric would use two layers.  Some embroiderers when using two backings will line them up opposite the grain. In some situations you do not need backing especially on heavy canvas or ballistic fabric which is used in manufacture ring bags.

Another important factor in hooping is that the backing covers the inside of the hoop to provide absolute stability.

One other backing to consider is fusible backing. This is applied with an iron to insure complete stability. This is used on very light weight or sheer fabrics. This may sound like it is time consuming but the end result is worth it.

If you have any questions contact Decosource and they will gladly help you.