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Thread: Stabilizer Advice

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    Stabilizer Advice

    I'm doing machine embroidery for the first time to quilt a top. I have a Baby Lock Ellure machine. The manual does not say what stabilizer to use. I want to use a sticky stabilizer since it would be hard to hoop (too thick). Has anyone done this before and what kind of stabilizer did you use? TIA.

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    What all are you stitching on? Just the top? the top and the batting? whole sandwich????
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    The whole sandwich. The embroidery will be the quilting.

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    If you use sticky stab, are you prepared to spend DAYS picking it out of the embroidery? I would suggest a water-soluable...
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    I agree. Sticky back would be a nightmare. I would a medium to heavy tear away or a WS. I only attempted this once and had a hard time keeping the quilt from weighing down the machine. I had much better luck doing individual blocks, then joining them after. I just hooped the backing then pinned on the batting and top. Having said this, there are lots of folks who successfully do this all the time. There's a thread on this forum devoted to ME you can check there for tips.
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    Quote Originally Posted by karenpatrick View Post
    I'm doing machine embroidery for the first time to quilt a top. I have a Baby Lock Ellure machine. The manual does not say what stabilizer to use. I want to use a sticky stabilizer since it would be hard to hoop (too thick). Has anyone done this before and what kind of stabilizer did you use? TIA.
    I do embroider through all three layers. Have done some full size quilts with this method. Open the hoop wide and in the beginning it takes some strength to push it in. I don't know your machine. but I need to use at least the 5x7 hoop to do this. Make sure there is no drag on your quilt. Keep the quilt puddled, so the machine can run freely.

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    Sorry, I forgot to tell you that you don't need stabilizer, when you use the three layer method. There is enough already.

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    Thanks, everyone, for your advice.

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