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Embroidery Clothing and Backing Material

Updated on November 10, 2011

Embroidery Backing Material

While buying embroidered apparel, we seldom spend time to find out whether the backing material is of good-quality or not. Studies reveal that a majority of embroiders use second-rate backings in a bid to save money. These sub-standard materials cannot only cause a variety of skin problems like rashes, chafing and allergy, but they can also make the embroidered patch look shoddy. Hence, prior to purchasing custom embroidery clothing, it is essential to ensure that proper backing material has been used. Here is a comprehensive commentary of the kinds of backings used by embroiders and their pros and cons.

  • Cutaway-When the fabric is delicate and stretchy, then cutaway is used to provide rigidity and stability to the embroidered motif. Depending upon the fabric, the backing should either be dry-cleaned or washed. If the cutaway is used in children apparel, then it should not be very stiff else, it can cause skin rashes.
  • Tear-away- For custom embroidery on heavy-weight fabrics like canvas, denim, cotton twill and towel, tear-away is the best choice. On the one hand, it provides stability, and on the other hand, it is can hold up repeated perforations efficiently. If tear-away has been used, then the excess should be ripped away as close to the stitches as possible.
  • Fusibles- In hard-to-hoop fabrics like leather, fleece, etc. spray adhesives are used to fix the backing material in place. However, these adhesives can cause allergy and skin irritation. Fusible backing is a better choice. With the help of hand iron, fusible is fixed permanently to the fabric, and thereafter, embroidery is done. If hard metallic threads have been used, then make sure that the rough interior surface of the embroidery is covered by soft fusible to prevent abrasion.
  • Puff- This kind of backing is commonly used to generate three-dimensional look. When purchasing embroidery clothing with puff backing, make certain that it is washable or dry-cleanable. It should also not be too thick for it will cause skin irritation or even heat rashes.
  • Water-soluble backings- In cases where we want the embroidery clothing to be free from leftover backing material, water-soluble backing is a good choice. It is made up of fibers to which the embroidery threads attach themselves easily. Thus, the design remains stable. The excess of the backing dissolves in warm water. In the absence on backing leftovers, the probability of skin irritation also decreases.


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    • Brinafr3sh profile image

      Brinafr3sh 6 years ago from West Coast, United States

      Hi Anub,

      The backing on embroidery should be of very good quality. No-one wants to embroider a project to find out that they can't finish, due to the backing ripping and tearing. Good quality backing is just important as the embroidery work. Thanks