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Old 02-03-2011, 08:48
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Default Anyone know how to embroider on grosgrain ribbon?

Ok, I'm ready to pull my hair out. All my supplies for making keyfobs arrived today and I was super excited to get started tonight and nothing is working.

I have tried embroidering on ribbon 4 times tonight using different stabilizers and even ironing on stabilizer to the bottom of the ribbon and every time I embroider it makes my ribbon wrinkle and bunch up so that even if I ironed it they are unusable.

Can anyone help me???
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Never had a prob like that when I do it. Maybe its the type of ribbon you are using?
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thats what im thinking, could be the ribbon... i have used offray/schiff/UB with no issues and lightweight stabilizer
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Default Re: Anyone know how to embroider on grosgrain ribbon?

hmmmm, the ribbon I'm using is just under 1" wide and it says The Ribbon Boutique, couture ribbon for hobbies & crafts. It looks like grosgrain and it says it's 100% polyester. What do you do to stabilize your ribbon?
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Default Re: Anyone know how to embroider on grosgrain ribbon?

Brief tutorial:
http://hipgirlclips.com/forums/how-m...-tutorial.html

Post #2 has a link to a tutorial
http://hipgirlclips.com/forums/embro...ng-ribbon.html

Post #3 has a link to a tutorial
http://hipgirlclips.com/forums/how-m...ng-ribbon.html
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You are going to have some warping. Especially if the design is stitch heavy. The fibers on the ribbon are woven very close together. So when you embroider on it, it shifts the fibers outwards, thus you end up with the warping. I pretty much do what the second tutorial does. Once it is done I handwash the ribbon, reshape it, help getting those fibers back into place as much as possible. When it is dry I turn the design upside down, the run the iron over the ribbon. Sometimes I put a little starch on the back of the design. This usually helps take out some of the warping.
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Old 02-03-2011, 09:31
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Default Re: Anyone know how to embroider on grosgrain ribbon?

Thank you very much everyone. I'll keep trying. I think I'm going to change my needle too. Right now I'm just using a universal one but maybe I need to change to a finer one or something...

I am so disappointed. I really thought making key fobs was going to be super easy. well I guess it is easy except for the embroidery end of it. LOL
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Make sure you are using embroidery needles, not universal needles. That might help also...
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Thank you very much everyone. I'll keep trying. I think I'm going to change my needle too. Right now I'm just using a universal one but maybe I need to change to a finer one or something...

I am so disappointed. I really thought making key fobs was going to be super easy. well I guess it is easy except for the embroidery end of it. LOL
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also . . . if you have software that can lower the density - that also helps.

it's a fine line between too many stitches/too few. - a permanent magic marker is sometimes my best friend
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it's a fine line between too many stitches/too few. - a permanent magic marker is sometimes my best friend

I love my Sharpies! Any little mistakes are instantly gone! Of course I needed my red one the other day, and my kids had borrowed it.....
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