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Fun with 3-D Foam Embroidery Stabilizers!

Looking for a new embroidery technique you haven’t tried before? If you want to add a fun twist to a garment you’re embroidering, you should try out 3-D Foam!

It’s easy to create an embroidered 3-D effect. Stitch right over our embroidery over the foam and it will leave behind a unique raised design!

3-D Foam Embroidery Example

3-D Foam comes in many different colors. You can match the foam’s color to your thread’s color to make sure that any small bits of foam aren’t visible. 3-D Foam also comes in different thicknesses to raise your design just as much as you want. You can even stack it for a more dramatic effect.

3-D Foam is great for embroidering caps. Make your favorite sports teams’ monograms and logos look extra cool in 3-D. Or you can add foam to an otherwise traditionally flat pattern to add an interesting pop to your design!

We have a few recommendations on trying this fun embroidery technique:

Use a satin stitch to fill in your design

Only satin stitches should be used for the foam elements in your design. Fill stitches only flatten foam, while satin stitches become raised.

Increase density of your satin stitches

We recommend a density that is about twice the normal density used in standard embroidery. Where you might normally use a density of 4 points, try a density of 2 points.

No need to use adhesive to hold the foam in place

Use slow stitches at the beginning. You can pick up speed later, but these first stitches will hold the foam steady as you embroider.

Stitches should be wide

Satin stitches should be at least 4 or 5 millimeters wide to allow a puffed effect. Use you pull compensation feature to add width to narrow satin stitches.

Enclose ends of stitched objects

To encase the foam, there should be no open ends of satin stitches. When experimenting with foam, choose lettering styles that taper so they will pinch off the foam and enclose it. Have any logos professionally digitized by a service that is familiar with the embroidery foam technique.

Like learning anything new, it takes time and practice to get 3-D Foam embroidery right. Your work will pay off when you add a new level of creativity to your designs using 3-D Foam!

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