I'm guilty of about half of what you named... HOWEVER, I am now super excited about going back and trying a some satin stitching and succeeding this time!Eliste wrote:You're probably stitching too far. If it's more than 1/2" and it's going to be washed, you should be using short/long stitch. Also, if it's properly padded, it'll stay in place better. Another thing to do is outline the area you're stitching first. The threads around the edge help keep things in placejadely wrote:Every time I've done a lot of satin stitches, it bunches up after a wash Any hints? Or am I doomed to spend forever ironing out my daughter's baby blankets?
Its also likely tension. You need to make sure you pre-shrink the fabric, and you absolutely positively MUST keep the fabric taut in a hoop when you stitch. Unlike cross stitch, satin stitch is very unforgiving if your don't prepare your canvas properly first.
Lastly, you shouldn't be crossing the back. Just bring the needle up right next to your last stitch. If you go across the back, you can't pull as tight without poking holes in the fabric.