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Knit Jersey Jacket Makeover with Embroidery
Transform your plain knit jersey jacket into a fashion-forward masterpiece with the timeless charm of embroidery. This project offers a simple guide to elevate a ready-made garment from mundane to magnificent. Whether you're a seasoned embroiderer or just beginning, this makeover promises a blend of comfort and elegance. Grab your jacket and threads, and let's delve into the art of stylish reinvention!

Jersey is a difficult to impossible fabric to embroider on. It's too stretchy, even with stabilizer. We use an applique method to get around this problem, first embroidering the design on nylon net before stitching it to the garment.

There are several advantages to this method:
  • you do not need to rip the seams for hooping and then sew them together again,
  • you can apply the embroidery in places which are next to impossible to hoop, and
  • if you decide you don't like the embroidery, you can remove it without damaging the garment.
For the project we used the designs from the French Empire Floral Pattern Set.
Jersey jacket embellished with embroidery made on net

You will need :
  • embroidery threads either polyester or rayon - use our color cards or pick colors to your taste;
  • nylon net, use fine mesh, the type sold by the yard, not on bobbins, and choose a color to match the color of your garment;
  • a garment (we used a sleeveless knit jersey jacket);
  • water soluble embroidery stabilizer;
  • scissors;
  • sewing pins;
  • #12 universal machine needle;
  • universal sewing thread;
  • a quilting foot on your sewing machine.
Upload the files from the French Empire Floral Pattern Set into the embroidery machine.

Sandwich a piece of nylon net between 2 layers of water soluble stabilizer. Hoop tightly. Embroider a design.
A piece of net sandwiched between 2 layers of watersoluble mesh.

For this project we used 2 oblong designs from the set, each embroidered twice.
A stitch-out of one of the designs.
Carefully cut away the stabilizer as close to the stitches as possible. Take care not to cut the net.
the stitch-out on the net with the stabilizer cut away
Wash away the stabilizer. Leave to air dry.
Stitch-outs left to air dry on a towel.

A stitch-out dried and pressed.
Cut away the net leaving margins of about 1" around the stitch-outs. Pin the stitch-out to your garment.
Stitch-outs pinned tothe jacket

Carefully, one by one, topstitch the designs first along the outer edges then inside the designs. Use the quilting foot of your sewing machine.
An embroidery stitch-out sewn to the jacket

Cut away the excess net.
Cut away the excess net around thestitch-out

This is how the back side will look . If you do not need the embellishment any longer, you can remove the stitch-outs by ripping these seams.
The wrong side of the garment with attached embroidery.

Have fun!
Jacket embellished with embroidery. Close-up
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