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Old 11-30-2018, 12:09 PM
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Years [and years] ago, I had a roll of sticky stabilizer... hoop it and use a pin to score the paper. then stick the thick item [i was doing towels] to it as they were too thick to hoop. it was also helpful if you wanted to avoid hoop marks. I'm sure this is still available somewhere, but at a price I probably won't like.

I recently read a tip... the person said they use contact paper in its place. Has anyone tried this? I just can't picture embroidering through the 'plastic'. It does seem like a less expensive alternative to stick my quilt to instead of trying to hoop it.

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Old 11-30-2018, 01:05 PM
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This is the brand I generally use.


I don't know how easy contact paper would be to tear off the project or what the glue residue does to the needle.

You can glue two pieces of cut-away stabilizer or fuse Pellon 809 Decor Bond together. Cut a window to the project size (about 1 inch larger). Cut a piece of sticky back and cut out the backing. Again a little larger than the project. Stick the project onto the sticky stabilizer and stitch design.

The cut-away window can be saved for the next project.
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Old 11-30-2018, 02:46 PM
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I can't quite imagine sewing thru contact paper, but I've never tried it so who knows?

I did find Sticky on Amazon. Apparently, it's still around https://www.amazon.com/Sulky-551-12-...cky+stabilizer
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Old 12-01-2018, 03:10 AM
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you won't like the price of any brand of sticky stabilizer.

pellon makes a sticky wash-away.
i think - but cannot guarantee - that its price is the least horrific. (still more than $6 per yard.)
it should work well for anything except free-standing applique such as patches or labels.
i tried it for that and my embroidery foot did not like it.
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Old 12-01-2018, 10:44 PM
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Please don't use contact paper. I can't imagine anything but a big mess on your needle and on the back of a quilt. Much better(well maybe not for your wallet) to stick to products made for machine embroidery. I have the same feelings towards using coffee filters or dryer sheets as stabilizer or saran wrap as a topper. Sticky stabilizer is available most anywhere that sells embroidery supplies.

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Old 12-02-2018, 03:44 AM
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As much money as I have invested in my embroidery machines, I don't want to jeopardize my machine using something not designed for it.
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Old 12-06-2018, 07:47 AM
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I love the sticky stabilizer. I started using it for signature quilt blocks. It makes the fabric stiff and very easy for people to write on, and then I can remove it and have no additional stiffness to the fabric to sew into the quilt. I bought it for that purpose and have not used it for any embroidery at this point.

I use the Floriani product and my local sewing dealer carries it, so I got it at a good price.

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Old 02-04-2019, 08:47 PM
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OK, I know this is an old thread but I just wanted to mention that JoAnn's has sticky stabilizer, Solvy brand, but use a coupon when you want to buy it, lol.
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Sorry I meant Sulky not Solvy.
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