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The Best Uses for the Most Common Embroidery Backings and Toppings

Stitch It International - Tuesday, October 16, 2018

There are plenty of backing options on the market and it can get overwhelming. Get to know the more common embroidery backing types that are used today and which types of garment they pair best with. 

 


Tearaway Backing

Characteristics:
Backing that can be removed by hand (torn) from the fabric
Can trim much closer to the stitches
Will wash away

Use:
Hats, strong and stable fabrics, back of towels and robes



Cutaway Backing

Characteristics:
Much stronger than tearaway
Excess backing must be removed with scissors
Most common form of backing
Most common weights are 2.5 oz and 3.25 oz

Use:
Shirts, left chest designs, jackets, denim, lightweight t-shirts (use 3.25 oz)


 


Performance Wear Backing

Characteristics:
Stabilizes stretchy, slippery garments
Prevents drifting outlines, puckering and pooching
Excess backing must be removed with scissors

Use:
Sports uniforms/garments


 

Self-Adhesive Backing

Characteristics:
Non woven backing
Do not need clamping devices or spray adhesives
Peel off protective paper and attach garment to the adhesive side of the non-woven backing 

Use:
In hoops, continuous border frames, embroidering hats



Soft n' Sheer Backing

Characteristics: 
Textured, non-woven, spun-bonded nylon
Excess backing must be removed with scissors

Use:
Knitwear


 


Solvy Topping

Characteristics:
Water soluble film
Topping smooths the surface of the fabric
Prevents stitches from falling through the fabric  

Use:
Towels, “nappy” materials, loosely woven pique fabrics

 

 

 

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