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Old 12-10-2018, 08:23 AM
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At the class I took Friday, the presentor said a topper should be used in most cases. It was the first time I'd even heard the term.

I'm a newbie at this, so was wondering if this is something the more experienced people use, or just the presenter pushing it because the class was sponsored by the supplier.
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Old 12-10-2018, 08:33 AM
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Was she talking about a water soluble stabilizer? They are used for fabrics with a nap, velvet, terry cloth, fleece. It keeps the stitches from sinking into the fabric. If this was a class, she should have explained better.
I have heard of some people who use that for most everything.
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Old 12-10-2018, 09:07 AM
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Or was she talking about a table topper under the machine or cover for your machine? Need more info.
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Old 12-10-2018, 04:57 PM
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She was talking about a topper for the embroidery - either a heat n gone or a soluble product. Said to use the heat type for things with a nap so it would never go away, but a water soluble for most everything else. Exceptions were for non fabric items (leather, vinyl, balsam wood).

Besides the issue with nap (which I understand) her rationale was that the movement of the embroidery foot was going to cause stress and wear on the fabric and possible stretching with knits - and the topper would eliminate that.

I plan on using my embroidery for enhancing quilts, so figure it might not be something I need to be overly concerned about since my base fabric would be quilting cotton.
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I use a WS topping for EMB when making labels and lettering. It keeps the stitches from sinking down into the fabric.
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Never heard of using a topper for everything and I don't do it. I do use water soluble for terry type towels but on thinner tea towels and quilting fabrics I do not. I can't picture what she means about the "embroidery foot was going to cause stress and wear on the fabric and possible stretching with knits" . The embroidery foot on my machine doesn't touch the fabric, and if it is hooped, how would that stretch??
So I say she may have been just a supremely cautious person. And with most things, experiment yourself and see what works for you and your machine.
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I definitely use a topper for fabrics that are fuzzy or fluffy. I could see using it for delicate silks or knits. But I do not use it with quilting cottons.
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Typically I do not use a topper unless the fabric has a nap or loopy fabrics such as towels. When I do use a topper it is typically Heat n Gone although Or Floriani Water Soluable Topping. Interestingly, when I went to the Floriani website to be sure I got the names right, I read that Heat N Gone can be used as the back stabilizer as well by placing the bumpy side against the fabrics. Thanks for asking the question because I learned something new!
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I only use it for towels too.
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