It is the method of puffing the design or embroidery done on your garments to give it a 3d effect. Foam embroidery raises the letters or designs, on your garments and give it a further fascinating look.
How it Works?
Embroidery can make any design more attractive, but using the 3D embroidery, it becomes engrossing. 3d puff embroidery starts with designing the logos on caps of sports players and their backpacks. But with time, its usage starts increasing. Its charming look forces people to adopt this as a regular embroidery. It has become a part of digitizing embroidery of clothing and other accessories as well. Its familiarity is increasing the demand of puff embroidery. Now customers are demanding this puffy embroidery on bags, purses, t-shirts, caps, trousers and jackets. It is a simple way to add dimensions to your conventional embroidered designs. This raised puffy embroidery can be done, by filling the high-intensity foam to behind the stitches. For this you need embroidery foam digitized design and cloth where embroidery will take place. The design is the area where you place foam for stitching. After this machine complete the high-density satin stitch, remove the extra pieces of foam after the sewing has finished. It is not a very composite way of embroidery, but you need to follow its techniques.
There are a few points to remember while doing foam embroidery. If you follow these points, it will become simple than traditional embroidery.
Points to Remember:
Use Satin Fill for 3D Embroidery
Puff embroidery digitizing is similar to digitizing for applique. But the main difference is to use the cover stitch for cutting the foam. While stitching the foam should remain at its place. It should not become piled inside the object. So for this purpose, we should choose the right material for filling. Satin is the only material for this purpose. Remember to remove extra foam after the stitching, so it should not be too firm to damage embroidery while cutting it off. Always try to use the right foam for puff embroidery.
The Gap Between Stitches Must be Settled at 0.16mm
The gap between stitches must be at 0.16 mm, as it is suitable for puff embroidery. It is essential to keep the penetration points intact. Then it would be easy to cut the excess foam easily at the end of stitching. But if the stitches are too wide, it can damage the design of embroidery.
Digitizing for Puffy Foam
Try to use underlay techniques to penetrate the puffy foam, for the first layer of stitching. A double edge top layer of stitches with zigzag second layer of stitches will make the puffy foam stick to its place. Puffing works best on designs with satin edging and underlay techniques. Every design is not suitable for puff.
Try to Choose the Same Color of Thread as of Foam
While doing puff embroidery, try to use the same color thread. It will make the embroidery safe. If due to any reason your foam gets damaged, or any stitching mistakes occur, it will remain unnoticed. By using the same color thread, you can cover minor errors. You can easily find the colored motif, with matching foams. It will make your embroidery with a perfect finishing. After cutting the edges and extra foam, few tiny marks remain there, which can remain unnoticed if we use matching colors materials.
All the Embroidery Designs are not Suitable for Puffing
You have to be careful while choosing the designs, for puff embroidery because not all the designs are suitable for puffing. It makes a good piece of art if the image is relevant for it, but looks terrible if the designing is not fit for puff. Puffy foam looks amazing with traditional embroidery but not with broad outlines. A combination of embroidery and foam filling creates a beautiful piece of art.
It is Salient to Keep the Foam at a Place, so Tack Down Stitches are Required, to Hold it
You can place the puffy foam on the fabric and lightly hold the place of design. Now start stitching at the point of filling with few stitches to tack down the foam to garment. Remember to keep the stitches extensive. After finishing the embroidery, you can easily remove the stitches.
Thickness Varied According to the Design
The thickness of the designs is varied. If you want to give real feeling to designs, like balls, flowers and bat, you can do it by leaving the outer third layer with no puffing. Then you can add one layer of foam to next third. At the last use double layer of foam to give it a real look. It seems real instead of design while looking or touching.
If there are no stitches at the ends of design, after cutting the foam, then it will create problem. After finishing the sewing, foam will move out of these open ends, and you have to remove it again. So it is better to cap these designs to avoid the damage. You can cover it while choosing a wide satin stitch column to the opposite direction of open-end and add few stitches inside the open place. To avoid such issue, you should select designs with tapered endings.
Cut Larger Foam than Design
It is salient to choose large foam to stitch with design. Cut the foam and place it on the garment for sewing. After finishing the stitching cut the excess foam.
Use Loose Thread Needles
If the thread is loose, then the needle can stitch the cover with big holes. It get removed after finishing the stitching. Some expert recommends to use ball pin to make holes in foam for thread. It will be much safer.
Avoid Using it for Thin Areas
3d puff embroidery is not suitable for small and compact designs. If the stitched object is slim, then it cannot handle this high-density foam filling. As this is only manageable for large places and sketches. In small areas, it will poke out easily and ruin the design.
Always Use Special Foam for Puff Embroidery
Not all kinds of foams are suitable for this. It is a specially designed foam which is appropriate for 3d embroidery. This after the completion of embroidery.
Use Hot Air to Give it a Perfect Finishing
Sometimes even after using the right design and material foam leak out. It can be settled, with the use of a hairdryer. Its hot air will fix the problem. But be attentive while using hot air as it can ruin your design if you keep it much closer to your garment.
Do Puffing at the End
If Palin embroidery also needs to be done on the same garment with puffing, then finish it fort. Puffing will be the last work. It is not possible to sew any design on it after completing the 3d puffing. Sew all the flat embroidery before puffing.
Set your Embroidery Machine Properly
Embroidery machine is crucial here as it is the one which will complete the task for us. So it should be under your control while stitching. Before starting your work, settle the speed of the machine.
Save the Leftover Scraps
Do not throw the small pieces left after cutting the extra foams. It can be useful for small designs, in puff embroidery. Try using every small part as handy material.