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Embroidery Backing: What type of backing do I need?

Fabric stability, size of the design, stitch density, stitching speed and stability of the design are all factors to consider when selecting a backing. Backing, no matter what its type has to be stable enough to prevent movement during the stitching process.

Embroidery Backing: How many types of backing should I carry?

You need at least one medium weight cutaway, a lightweight tearaway and one cap backing.

Embroidery Backing: How do I decide whether to use a tearaway or a cutaway?

Tearaways are the backing of choice for most embroiderers. Designs can usually be finished more quickly, safely and cheaply with a tearaway vs. a cutaway. Cutaways are needed to provide a stable base for delicate and stretchy fabrics both during the stitching process and afterwards.

Embroidery Backing: Is there a special backing to be used for embroidering caps?

Yes. Cap backing is used to improve the crispness of the lettering. This is particularly important in low profile and unstructured caps. A clean tearing backing is very important to avoid pulling stitches.

Embroidery Backing: Do you have any backings that are safe for children’s clothing?

We do offer a grade that is a binder-free backing that meets the requirements for children’s wear due to fiber composition.

Embroidery Backing: Which backing should I use for a high stitch count design?

You would need a heavy cutaway (3.0 or 3.5 oz) or you can double-up on a medium weight. High stitch count is normally considered to be 10,000 stitches or more. For caps, the standard 3.0 oz cap backing is sufficient to high stitch count.

Garment Care Labels: How many types of labels do you produce?

Two cellulose based grades. One is designed to work well with dot matrix printers while the other is commonly used for laser, ink jet or flexographic printers.

Garment Care Labels: How many colors are your products available in?

We only offer white at this time. Most printers of labels use color printers to add aesthetic value. If the background needs to be something other than white, then the printer will do an all-over print color for the background and then do the printing of instructions on a second pass.

Garment Care Labels: What widths and put-ups do you sell in?

We sell large rolls in slit widths that are compatible with our distributor’s converting equipment. They do the perforated die-cutting (the finished label size) and cut the side pin-feed holes for continuous printers, or they simply sell perforated 8.5” X 11” sheets for sheet fed printers.

Waistband Interlinings: What kind of waistband interlinings do you produce?

We offer stable materials that prevent edge rollover or curling, and we produce stretch waistband materials that stretch with other elastomeric components that are used in comfort waistbands.

Waistband Interlinings: Are your waistband products washable or dry cleanable? How about shrinkage control?

All of our waistbands use raw materials that are designed to shrink less than the industry standard of 3% over the lifetime of the garment. All of our products are both washable and dry cleanable.

Waistband Interlinings: Do you offer different colors?

Our stable waistband grades are sold in both white and black. Black is available to be used with dark fabrics to prevent show through of the white.

Waistband Interlinings: Does H&V supply slit or slotted waistband canvas in rolls?

No. H&V is a large scale production mill. All of our nonwovens waistband products are sold through converter distributors. Contact us for the converter nearest to you.