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Introduction 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