Stabilizer How To: Embroider a Baby Bodysuit

March 27, 2017By Angela WolfEmbroidery, Tutorial 21 Comments Opinion by Paid Consultant

It is so fun to have a new baby join the family! Yes, I am a new Auntie! A quick customized gift is in order, so how about an embroidered bodysuit?
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The little guy came a few weeks early, so a preemie size it is. This bodysuit is so small, it will be a challenge to hoop and have enough room for the embroidered name. Instead, I will float the garment on top of the hoop.

Supplies Needed:

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Preparing Your Hoop & Stabilizer

  1. Cut stabilizer 1” wider than the hoop.

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  1. Hoop the stabilizer with the paper side up and score the paper. Pull back the paper to reveal the sticky surface.

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Adding the Bodysuit

  1. Place one side of the bodysuit onto the sticky stabilizer.

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  1. Press down on the fabric to make sure it lays flat.

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Setting Up the Monogram

  1. Choose a lettering for the monogram.

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  1. Click on the capital letter icon and choose the first letter. At the bottom of the screen there are options for large, medium, and small. As you change through each one, the letter size on the screen will change to replicate the size you have chosen.

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  1. Click on lower case lettering and insert the rest of the letters in the name.


  1. Next, I am going to scan in the fabric.

Now I can change the size of the lettering and move the name around as needed.

  1. I am still not sure what color to embroider the letters. I can click on different colors and the color will show up on the screen with the fabric I scanned in.

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  1. I think I like the grey the best.

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Embroidery Time!

  1. Time to sit back and watch the embroidery in action!




  1. Remove the hoop from the machine and cut away the stabilizer. Be careful not to cut into the fabric.

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  1. Rinse away the stabilizer with warm water. I am going to save my sister some time and wash the entire outfit. After the outfit is dry I will add a narrow strip of fusible interfacing to the back of the monogram to cover the thread. It’s just a little softer on the baby’s skin.

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That’s it! I saved the finished embroidery design into THE Dream Machine® so I can quickly embroider a few more. Join us on the social side, I would love to see what you are working on! Don’t forget to use hashtags #brothersews #angelawolf so we can find you.

Until next time, happy sewing & embroidering!



  • Excellent way to place a stabilizer beyond the fabric. Actually I want to ask you that just like a stitch density vary from fabric to fabric same as stabilizer vary from fabric to fabric? I appreciate for help.

    • The stabilizer will serve a specific purpose for that item. Say a sticky back water soluble, like what I have here – will wash away on any fabric. So it doesn’t change according to the fabric choice. Same as all the others – a medium weight cutaway will be better for a cotton than a sheer fabric – you want to choose something comparable. That’s a long story made very short 🙂

    • How did you get the fusible interfacing to stay on???? I have had The Dream Machine for a few years and do very little on it. Its to heavy to take into the store and take classes on it. So ot just kinda sets in my sewing room.

      • Hi Judie,

        Welcome to Stitching Sewcial! I hope that the articles on our blog will assist in your learning about the fantastic features available to you in your sewing room on your Dream Machine.
        Are their any specific things you are wanting to learn that you wish we had tutorials on? Please feel free to leave wishes here in a comment and I’ll be sure to add them to the list for future posts!

        As for your fusible question, I have a few comments.
        1. Be sure that your fusible isn’t too old. The glue can dry out and become difficult to activate.
        2. If you have over heated it, it can over activate and release from the fabric.
        3. When working with stretchy fabrics, I like to use a stretch fusible interfacing (which looks like what Angela used from the photo but I’ll let her reply to that!)

        Happy Sewing, Judie, and I look forward to helping you love your Dream Machine in the comfort of your own home!

    • Welcome to Stitching Sewcial, Sue. Be sure to put the words THE Dream Machine into the search box (found on the upper right-hand side of this page). It will bring up all of the articles that mention THE Dream Machine/Dream Machine 2. There is SO MUCH TO LEARN (isn’t it exciting!!)
      Happy Sewing and be sure to come back to see us here at Stitching Sewcial!


    • Hi Clovis,

      Please do post photos and tag us at #BrotherSews, #StitchingSewcial and #AngelaWolf on Facebook and Instagram so we can follow along and be inspired by your work!

      Thank you for your comment and happy Embroidering!!

  • I love my Dream Machine with the upgrade, but don’t know what I don’t know. Perhaps I, too, should read the manual from cover to cover. Also the scan and cut and how the two machines interact. I wish there were tutorials from basic to advanced.

  • Hi Angela,
    I took your classes at the Everything Applique conference in Atlanta, and you made me want the Dream Machine! You probably don’t remember but you showed me all about the machine at the vendor’s village as I was trying to decide whether to buy it. I just wanted you to know that, thanks to your input, I did buy it the next morning. I’m so excited to have it and am learning about it. Thanks for your enthusiasm and your help with my decision.

    • Hi Pam!

      Thank you so much for this comment! Angela is so knowledgeable about the Dream Machine, isn’t she?

      Happy Sewing!


    • Hi Pam,
      So excited to hear you brought that fabulous machine home! That machine does SO much, I hope these blog posts will help you dive in to all the potential 🙂 Be sure to share what you are working on and keep in touch.

  • I was recommended to use Tender Touch for my backing on projects such as yours, How would that be used in your project example?

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