Are you willing to add a little “puff” to your embroidery?
A simple touch of plush backing for flats or caps transforms a two-dimensional image into a three-dimensional impression that is one of the hottest fashion designs.
From team logo hats and monogrammed jackets to shirts with geometric or floral designs, puff embroidery can be a welcome addition to the product line of any embroidery machine shop.
Most shops shy away from puffy embroidery, thinking it is extremely difficult or labor-intensive. That is simply not true! Customers are demanding increasingly creative designs, and will seek you out when they know you provide this service.
Since puff embroidery builds around technique, labor and inexpensive materials such as foam backing, you can easily move the finished designs at a premium price. Puffy foam embroidery works extremely well on caps and hats, often high-profit items to begin with. Buying basic materials from an embroidery supplier will ensure you are always ready for a quick one-off or special production run.
Puff embroidery developed as a type of stump work. Stump work is an embroidery technique where figures are raised from the base of the material, giving a three dimensional appearance. There are several ways to create a 3D effect.
The most popular feature of stump work is embroidered designs stitched on base cloth and then attached to the garment or other material. A prime example is of an embroidered patch. The method makes it seem as though the design is 3D, but it is an optical illusion. The most designs in stump work are flowers, petals and logos. A few stump work designs are on wire frames sewn onto the base cloth.
Puff embroidery takes stump work further, by actually raising the design off the base fabric.
Mastering the art of puffy embroidery can make your shop sought-after and highly profitable. Almost any design can take on a new excitement when you add an extra dimension with foam underneath the design.
Sold in a wide range of colors, foam backing is easy to match to embroidery thread color. Choose the right color to help the foam blend with the thread if some should show through.
Enclosed designs are best suited for puffy foam embroidery. Look for circles or shapes that taper to a point. Designs should have satin stitch areas large enough to hold the foam.
Puffy embroidery is an easy and exciting way of giving depth and texture to a variety of items. Using it can add a touch of style to flat 2D designs, making them more attractive to your customers. Add some puff to a cap, and watch them fly out the door!
To learn more about making puffy foam embroidery a part of your product lineup, contact ColDesi.com or call 877-793-3278.
Do you have any tips for innovative designs with puff embroidery? Let us know in the comments!
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