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Compensation is one subject that is often over looked when your learning the software whether you want to just make text or simple designs or to digitize corporate logos. In this blog we will take a look at compensation and the factors to be aware of.

Backing choices

In embroidery choosing the right backing for the application is key to designs that look sharp and clean,. Here is an example of how elasticity of the fabric changes when using different backing types.


In the above example two pieces of cutaway seems to be the magic number, of course you would also have underlay but the distortion is clear on the fabric by just changing the backing. Here is a chart that can help you understand the elasticity in different fabrics, general rule if the fabric is stretchy you will need to use cut away backing types.


Cut-away Backing

  • Loose knit fabrics
  • Fine knit fabrics
  • Golf jerseys
  • Knit golf shirts
  • Lightweight woven silks
  • Wool / acrylic sweaters
  • Bathing suits / Lycra / spandex
  • Thin leather & suede
  • Vinyl

Tear-away Backing

  • Towels
  • Hats
  • Cotton / polyester
  • Corduroy
  • Sheets
  • Nylon satin jackets
  • Thick Leather & suede

Water Soluble Stabilizer

  • Freestanding Lace
  • Transparent Fabrics
  • Towels and Bath robes
  • Delicate fabrics
  • Badges and Patches

Fusible backing

  • Patches
  • Velvet
  • Hard to hoop items

Cut away Pre-cut sheets

  • Caps and hats
  • hoop tech frames
  • Fast Frames
  • Convenience

Specialty Applications

  • Canvas , do not require backing
  • Carpets, do not require backing
  • Heavy Denim, do not require backing its optional
  • Spandex, recommend cutaway with spray adhesive
  • Satin , recommend cutaway with spray adhesive
  • Organza, recommend cutaway with spray adhesive


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