Embroidery on jersey fabrics, valuable tips

Here I explain how to get the best results on jersey fabrics or stretchy fabrics

Each type of fabric requires a different approach to embroidery, including embroidery on jersey fabrics or stretchy fabrics.

In order to be able to embroider with jersey fabrics the best results, you should keep the following things in mind.

When choosing the fabric, you should pay attention to the quality of the fabric, because with low-quality fabric you will often have problems with embroidery. If the fabric has a normal thickness of 3 mm, it is sufficient to insert a layer of Soluvlies at the bottom. For thinner fabrics, I have found that there should be two layers of solu fleece. In any case, the fleece must be firmly clamped in the frame.

Then place your jersey (sweatshirt fabric also works, of course) on top and position it. Since jersey or sweat tends to warp when hooped, it’s best to leave it alone.  

Now you can put another layer of Soluvlies on the front, fix it with pins at the very edge of the embroidery hoop or stitch a basting hoop if your machine has this function. We have created hoops for you, which you can download as a freebie. Alternatively to the Soluvlies, which by the way is washable, I also like to use the Avalon foil to lay on top.

You can embroider your design either with an embroidery needle or a jersey needle.

Now you finish sewing everything, turn it inside out and wash it. Since the Soluvlies and also the Avolonfolie are water soluble, it goes out very well and no residues remain. A great side effect comes from the 3 layers used. The embroidery becomes very slightly plastic, so it is optimal for stretchy fabrics.

Adhesive fleeces or fabric glue are not my personal favorite when embroidering.  The embroidery series are performed at an appropriate speed and a high number of stitches. Due to the adhesive residue on the needle, the thin embroidery thread can break very easily or the embroidery becomes uneven.

 Why don’t you try the anti-glue needles? They are supposed to prevent sticking. I would try this out on a remnant piece beforehand. Then you know for sure whether they are suitable for the respective fabric.


Here is my recommendation with which needles you can embroider my embroidery files without any problems.

If you follow these tips you should create very beautiful embroideries embroideries.

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