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Old 02-04-2011, 08:34 AM
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Ok DD wants a crib quilt with embroidered blocks on it, my embroidery machine says I need a stablizer behind the fabric that I am embroidering on...what do I purchase?
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Old 02-04-2011, 08:36 AM
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I like to use the clear one that washes away. It's a sulky product, I believe.
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Old 02-04-2011, 08:38 AM
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It depends on what fabric you are embroidering on and how dense is the embroidery design? :D:D:D
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Old 02-04-2011, 08:44 AM
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I use a tear away stabilizer.
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Old 02-04-2011, 08:45 AM
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I've used a few layers of tear away(depending on stitch count), embroider and then gently tear away. You can try using wash away, but I'd do a sample first with a few different types to see which you like best.
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I use Floriani Heat N Sta. You iron it to the back of your fabric so that your fabric can't pull away from the stabilizer as your embroidery progresses. I use it for almost all embroidery that I use in quilts.

It also depends on the stitch count of your embroidery. If it is a dense design, I use the Heat N Sta. If it is a redwork design, then I would not use an iron-on stabilizer because when you remove the stabilizer, it puts too much stress on the stitches.

Check out the stabilizer info at http://www.emblibrary.com/el/elproje...age=techniques

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Old 02-04-2011, 09:07 AM
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I use tear away stabilized. Works great for me.
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Old 02-04-2011, 09:12 AM
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I have the roll of Sulky stablizer, but what came with my machine is about 1/8-1/4" thick? Which seems strange, the design is a butterfly on white (looks like muslin that she brought), and this stuff is almost like cardboard, and I am unsure if it's even safe for a baby quilt?
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That sure doesn't sound like stabilizer, sounds something like peltex an interfacing that you'd use with tote bags. Embroidery stabilizer can be stiff (well, crisp) but it's not that thick. THere are dozens of types and it really does depend on the fabric you are using and the design density. It's not a 'one type fits all' type of thing.
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It probably is a cut away stabilzer - it is ok but like you said very stiff and hard to cut away :roll: I would buy either the tear away or washaway :thumbup:
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