This week’s blog will address the T-Zs of typical embroidery terms. This concludes our Embroidery Glossary of Terms.

  • Tackle Twill – polyester or rayon twill letters or numbers used for athletic teams.
  • Tatami Stitch – running stitches used to cover large areas. Also called fill stitches.
  • Tear Away Backing – a non-woven material placed under the fabric being embroidered to add stability to the fabric.
  • Tension – proper adjustable machine thread tension is critical to quality embroidery.
  • Tension Assembly – device that applies tension to the needle thread to form a stitch.
  • Tensioner – mechanism that controls the tension on the needle thread.
  • Thread – embroidery threads are commonly made from rayon, polyester, cotton and metallics, each with its own constructions and features. (Look for a future blog about Thread.)
  • Thread Break Detector – a device that detects thread breakage, automatically stopping the machine. This allows the operator to rethread the needle and restart the machine. Thread that minimizes breakage optimizes stitching time.
  • Thread Clippers – spring loaded scissors that clip thread and operate with just the thumb and forefinger.
  • Tie In Stitches – small stitches used at the beginning of a sewing cycle to prevent the thread from pulling out of the embroidery.
  • Tie Off Stitches – small stitches that “lock” the stitches in the fabric to prevent the stitches from unraveling when thread is trimmed.
  • Topping – different materials that are hooped or placed on top of textured fabric prior to embroidery to provide a smooth surface for embroidery.  
  • Trimmers – trimming device that cuts both the needle and bobbin threads before change in design of either location or color.
  • Trimming – a part of the finishing process that involves trimming both sides of the embroidery, including jump stitches and backing.
  • Underlay Stitches – stitches used to stabilize fabric to maximize quality of fine detailing. Variable Sizing – scale a design to different sizes.
  • Verify – Sample sew-out of a new design to ensure that the pattern is correct.  Walking Stitch – also called running stitch—used to create an outline, underlay or fine detail formed between two points.

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