Step-by-step guide: how to use Madeira Bodybuilder 3D foam
What you need: Bodybuilder 3D foam, embroidery file adapted to 3D use, textile, thread, scissors
Start by hooping the fabric and backing together.
Sew outlines and cut Bodybuilder
Place the hooped fabric in your machine, sew the design outlines directly onto the fabric, and cut a piece of Bodybuilder larger then the design. Program a stop after the outline to facilitate adding the foam.
Fix foam to fabric
Apply a small amount of adhesive spray and attach the foam to the fabric.
Embroider your design
Fix the foam onto the fabric with zigzag stitches, then embroider the entire design with satin stitches. For a 40-weight thread, double the stitch density for the 3D parts.
Remove excess foam
Tear away large pieces of excess foam and carefully remove small parts with a sharp object like a needle, scissors, or tweezers.
Clean up the tips
Poke in small pieces of foam that are sticking out in the design under the embroidery. You may as well use a heat gun to shrink foam into the design.
Important information for use
Be careful not to set the temperature too high when using a heat gun to avoid burning the thread. Foam can be used in multiple layers to create a higher relief. Needle tip: Nm 70/10 round point FFG needle.