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Embroidering with Puffy Foam

28th April 2010

Embroidering with Puffy Foam

EnMart is proud to announce that we have added puffy foam to our product offerings.  For those who are not familiar with this product,   it is a square of colored foam, generally 2 mm or 3 mm thick, which can be embroidered over to give a puffed look to your design.  Once the embroidery has been completed, the excess foam is torn away, leaving one section of your embroidery with a 3-D appearance.  Currently EnMart offers black, red, orange, blue and light blue puffy foam.   Other colors should be added in the near future.

Puffy foam is a great way to make your embroidery stand out, adding dimension and an additional element of interest.  It is great for baby bibs, sweatshirts, tote bags, Greek apparel and much more.

If you plan to use puffy foam in your sew-out, the design must be digitized specifically for use with puffy foam.   To sew out a design using puffy foam, first sew all the elements that won’t incorporate foam.  Once those elements are completed,  take your sheet of puffy foam and lay it over the sewn design.   It is recommended that the color of the puffy foam you use should be similar to the color of the thread you use to sew out your design. Your machine will then sew over the foam securing it to the fabric and incorporating it into the design.  Once the complete design has been sewn, excess puffy foam can be pulled away, leaving only the sewn over pieces as part of the overall embroidery.

To learn more about puffy foam and how it can be used, please consult these resources:

How to Create Easy Embroidery Effects – Impressions Magazine

Puff Foam Video – Embroidery Library

Tips for Using Puffy Foam – Deborah Jones

Puffy Foam Embroidery – Flying Needle Machine Embroidery

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