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Embroidery on knit fabric

Decosource knows how to embroider knit goods better than anyone else. They are heads above the competition and are located in Milton, Wa.

Excellent embroidery

To achieve excellent embroidery on knit fabrics you must consider the correct needle, compatible backing, topping, hoop, and well a well digitized design. Decosource has developed a procedure that utilizes all these elements to create a prefect design on knit goods.

Correct Needle Selection

The correct needle to use on knit goods is a ball point needle. There are three types of ball point needles. There are fine point, medium point and heavy point needles to choose from.  Light is use on tee shirts, cotton lisle golf shirts and sheer fabrics. A medium is used on sweat shirts and the heavy point ball on loose knit sweater materials.

Recommended backing

The recommended backing on knits is tear away backing. Just be careful no to upset the embroidery when tearing away the backing. On sweatshirts we recommend 2 layers of tear away pack

If you have concerns about tear away on light knit fabrics consider a woven tear away. This is new to the market and it seems to beginning to take hold. Decosource has experimented with it and finds it is superior to tear away on light fabrics.

Water soluble toppings

Toppings have proven very useful on light knit fabrics which have a uneven surface. Pique and sweaters should have topping to get a nice finish.  Water soluble backing are really nice and are easily removed with a damp sponge. At Decosource we use Solvy.

To save money some companies use cellophane bags from the dry cleaner. We don’t recommend using these bags to save a few dollars.

Smallest hoop possible

Try and use the smallest hoop available for embroidery on knit goods. A small hoop will definitely help when stitching on light weight fabrics.


Tension should not be tight. Try and make it as loose as possible.

Well digitized design

mwr-logoA well digitized design is the final and most important ingredient in this formula. Keeping stitch count down is generally the solution to 80% of all your problems on knit fabrics.