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V-Neck T-Shirts with Freestanding Lace

The FSL Battenberg Circles Lace for T-Shirts is a set of 2 designs. One of the designs is a rectangular border lace and the second design is an insert for the neckline.

The set is designed for decorating T-shirts to give them a stylish, fashionable look. You can choose any combination of colors.

Stabilizers: We recommend to use water-soluble mesh, such as Vilene. Vilene D0102 is a non woven dissolvable stabilizer which is imported into the US, is sold in large rolls and is sometimes repackaged under different brand names. Two of these brand names are Wash-Away and Aqua Magic. Film-like water soluble stabilizers, such as Solvy, are not suitable for Free-Standing Lace embroidery.

Threads: The thinner the thread, the finer the final product will be. That is why we recommend that at least one of the threads, either in the bobbin or in the needle, should be cotton, which gives bulk to the lace and makes it look hand-made. Embroidery polyester thread will make very fine weblike lace.

Embroidery rayon thread is too soft, it does not keep its shape and very often its color fades under the influence of chemicals from the watersoluble mesh.

If you are using 50- or 60-weight cotton, you can use it both in the bobbin and in the needle. If you use 40-weight cotton thread for the needle, you can use regular polyester bobbin thread.

For the black lace, we used Signature machine quilting cotton thread, but similar threads from other companies should work just as well.

For the yellow lace, we used embroidery polyester threads.

Needles: We use size 80/12 embroidery needles and 80/12 metallic needles. Our experience shows that cotton thread used with metallic needles gives less lint. The needles should be sharp, so it's advisable to change them after every project.

Most Importantly: ALWAYS make a test stitch-out of the design and wash away the stabilizer. This helps you to select the threads, needles, stabilizers and settings of your machine correctly. DO NOT embroider several designs in one hoop.

We worked with medium-size, V-neck stretch T-shirts.

We embroidered one piece for the neckline and 8 pieces for the hem. This is what the lace looks like when placed over the T-shirt fabric.

However, we think it is better to attach the lace beneath the fabric, as you can see in the picture below. This gives a very subtle, professional-looking touch to the finished T-shirt.

To attach the lace to the stretch T-shirts, you'll have to put the T-shirt on a mannequin or your model and baste the lace to the hem. When you take the T-shirt off, the lace will ruffle a little bit.
When stitching the lace in place, lightly stretch the T-shirt's hem to make the lace lie flat.

After the lace is attached to the hem, stitch the border pieces together. Do this manually. Use the same thread with which you made the embroidery.

You do not need to stretch the neckline hem to attach the lace.

We hope that you liked our idea.

Happy Embroidering!

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