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Can I expand my embroidery offerings to T-shirts, or will the fabric be too flimsy?

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T-shirt fabric may often be considered too flimsy for embroidery, but that isn’t always the case. Proper digitizing and the use of suitable stabilizer can help a shop create an embroidered T-shirt that wears a design lightly, but proudly. The left chest is a popular spot for logo embroidery on polos and button-ups and can be translated to Ts.

Embroidery may also be added through appliqué, which involves creating a design with fabric and then embroidering around the edges to secure it to the garment. Reverse appliqué is another option. This involves stitching out the elements of the design that will not be involved in the reverse appliqué, then cutting holes and adding a different fabric where you want the reverse elements of the design to be. Embroidery can be a great technique for decorating a T-shirt if the proper tools and steps are used.

   —EnMart

Kristine Shreve

Kristine is the founder and CEO of Kristine Shreve Consulting which offers writing, marketing and business development services. Kristine is also the creator and host of the Business + Women podcast, where the discussion centers around being a woman business owner. She blogs on her webiste, as well as readingandranting.com and whenimthin.com. On Facebook, Kristine is the founder of the Women in Garment Decoration Facebook group. Kristine was the director of marketing for Ensign Emblem and EnMart from 2006 to April 2020.

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