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Old 05-28-2018, 07:53 AM
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When you are stitching down fusible appliqué with a satin stitch, do you use some type of stabilizer on the back? I am using invisible thread if that makes a difference. I have some tear away stabilizer, but I am feeling lazy about using it.

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Old 05-28-2018, 08:05 AM
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I always use stabilizer. I like Ricky Tims' Stable Stuff for nicer projects. For others, I just iron on freezer paper. Cheap and easy to remove.
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Old 05-28-2018, 08:22 AM
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the nice part about using stabilizer, it sort of inhibits your feed dogs so you can turn way easier. I was watching a craftys class and she was just starching and not using stabilizer, and around the curve, she had to stop and reposition constantly.
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Old 05-28-2018, 08:43 AM
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I use brown paper bags for stabilizer. Once it's washed, they get soft as that cellulose breaks down.
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Old 05-28-2018, 09:38 AM
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DeltaMS ... it's a matter of finding what works for you and your machine!

For me, my one machine, I find I need a stabilizer.
The other (yet the lesser of the two machines) ... no stabilizer necessary and it turns out just fine.

My sewing machine dealer said tissue paper is often all you need to use.
Another option, coffee filters!
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Old 05-28-2018, 09:58 AM
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Yes, it needs something on the back so it doesn't get all bunchy
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Old 05-28-2018, 10:49 AM
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Yes, I think it is essential. I sometimes use freezer paper, but mostly just ordinary 8 1/2 x 11 copy paper.
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I never use a satin stitch - it’s a personal thing- I hate that stiff ridge around everything. I use a small zigzag or a blanket stitch and the fusible itself is enough to stabilize the pieces. I would assume using a satin stitch a stabilizer would help with the puckering and drawing up of the background fabrics.
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I use wonder under fusible and starch my fabrics and that's enough...never had the issue w/using satin stitch or blanket stitch...
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Old 05-29-2018, 02:40 AM
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Yup, the tighter the satin stitch the more you need it to prevent tunneling. I do very tight stitching so I use wall paper liner and it usually falls off as I stitch.
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