How to use solvy for better embroidery results?

Hey there, folks. This is Nick from Colortex and this is how to use Solvy in order to make your fluffy garments or towels look nice when you apply a custom embroidery on them. Don't worry, if you ever have problem with your embroidery result, visit our blog on embroidery removing!

Without Solvy

So, here's a comparison between a towel ran with Solvy and without Solvy. So, just like any other order, you grab your hoops. For this purpose, we're going to use some tear-away backing, put it on here. Just that test blankets doesn't even matter on placement and lineup, just put it in nice corner right here. Same as always, fit it in, clip the front to back, close it in, and we're ready to put it in the machine in order to do the test without Solvy. 

With Solvy

Now, for the other side on the blanket, we're going to actually show you how Solvy is used on these products and fluffy products for the best outcome embroidery. So not going to show you how to hoop everything properly because we actually have other videos on the channel for that. So you can feel free to watch how to hoop a toque or how to hoop a hat if you're looking for more detailed videos on hooping. But when it does come to Solvy, you put your tear-away backing in our homemade jig here. You've got this here, and then what I like to do is... this is actually precut Solvy, so you put your piece right in there. Then in order to keep that nice tension in there, you actually hoop it all at the same time in order to have it in the hoop instead of adding it afterwards and then it kind of puckers and stuff. So we've got it all hooped here, nice and ready to go.


Now we'll bring these two pieces to the machine and we'll be able to do a cross comparison between the two and show you the difference in quality with having one versus the other. So now we're at a single head. We're going to actually load the file on the machine and do some comparison testing of the two different logos. If you ever need to rotate a logo but are not sure how to do it, feel free to read our guide!

Now we're at the table. We're going to cross compare the two pieces. Honestly, depending on the logos, depending on the fabrics, the outcome is always better to use them than not use them, but sometimes it makes a substantially larger difference. So, just to see on this one here, you kind of see the imperfections of that fluffier threads coming through. And so the purpose of Solvy is exactly to avoid that, especially when it's fluffier than this towel here. 

We've got here, then we got to do once it's all done, we actually just... we could take it out of the hoop, but for the purpose of showing you how it works, we'll just rip it out of here without taking it out of the hoop. So, it's gone and then we kind of peel the middle parts. It is also water soluble, which means that once you steam it and you activate water, it's actually going to disappear. But when they're big pieces like this, they're super nice to just peel with your finger or peel with some scissors. 

But when you look at this here, you'll see that there's not a big huge difference on this one here, but it does make for a better finished product. Again, just professionally, it's better to use than to not use it. It makes for a better product, higher quality product. And then when it's something that's super fluffy, you use it and the outcome is substantially better.

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