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anyone have tips on embroidering something that is already stuffed? like a face on a stuffed animal, doll or a felt crown? i know i should do the embroidery first but i already made a couple things that i want to add embellishments to. help please? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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If you can open it back up a bit to add some stabilizer in behind that will help hold stitches. If that's not an option, make sure you use a thicker thread that won't work it's way through the felt. Starting your thread with a loop will help avoid knots... you cut off double the length of thread that you need, fold in half, thread the needle with the cut ends, holding them about an inch down. Stitch your first stitch and catch the end of the loop, then pull taut. Walla! No knot to try and bury.
 

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I don't embroider any of the stuffies I make till they're stuffed. I simply put the thread in through the back while leaving a bit of a tail hanging out, use a backstitch to embroider, then take the thread back out through the back of the stuffie. I clip the ends, and that's it - the tiny bit of thread ends that are left disappear into the stuffie if you give it a squeeze or two. No knots, no fuss. I haven't ever had a problem with stitches coming loose, etc.
 
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