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    What kind of stabilizer do you use when emb. motifs. I am doing it thru all 3 layers that is, after the top, batting and backing are together. What do you find is easiest to remove after it's finished. I usually do my emb., on other things, unhooped with sticky stabilizer. Hooping is so hard but if that is best that is what I will do. I practiced with a sample and I used the fix before and it held all 3 layers together fiine. It's just so hard to peel off the back. Do you wash it after the quilt is finished. Sorry so many questions just trying to find the best way.
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    When I quilt on a quilt front, batting and back I do not use stabilizer.

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    You don't have to use stablizer but if you feel you want to I would use clear washout kind.

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    No stabilizer if done on the sandwich. The batting acts as a stabilizer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Up North
    When I quilt on a quilt front, batting and back I do not use stabilizer.
    Wow! Thanks Donna. That sounds simple enough. Do you use the fix to hold the top layer or will it hold. I guess you put it in the hoop. :lol: Silly question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilter53
    What kind of stabilizer do you use when emb. motifs. I am doing it thru all 3 layers that is, after the top, batting and backing are together. What do you find is easiest to remove after it's finished. I usually do my emb., on other things, unhooped with sticky stabilizer. Hooping is so hard but if that is best that is what I will do. I practiced with a sample and I used the fix before and it held all 3 layers together fiine. It's just so hard to peel off the back. Do you wash it after the quilt is finished. Sorry so many questions just trying to find the best way.
    thanks
    So here's what I do; since this is my favorite method of quilting. I put sticky back stabilizer in my hoop, preferably an inch or two larger than the design I'm stitching. Then I cut out the middle where the stitching will be, remove the paper backing, exposing the sticky stuff. I set my machine so it is at the center point of the design and lay the quilt down so the center point is where I want it to be. Then I pin the quilt through the sticky stuff on the four sides to make sure it doesn't shift. Then I stitch away, staying at the machine so I can keep an eye on it in case it does try to shift. If you want, I can try a tutorial to show you. Or at least post some pictures of how I do it.

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    I do not use any thing but the top, batt, and back works great on my Pfaff in the hoop.

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    I just hoop it and sew, Have not had any issues.

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    I hooped the heavy cut away stabilizer, cut out the center where the emb motif will be.
    After basting the quilt, I safety pin the quilt to the cut away to hold it in place.
    Nothing sticky to have to wash off, the stabilizer can be reused, and I don't have any problems with shifting either as long as I pin well.
    Also make sure that the quilt is not caught up on anything as the arm moves around on the machine :D:D:D I like to set my machine on the floor or a very large table when I do this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grann of 6
    Quote Originally Posted by quilter53
    What kind of stabilizer do you use when emb. motifs. I am doing it thru all 3 layers that is, after the top, batting and backing are together. What do you find is easiest to remove after it's finished. I usually do my emb., on other things, unhooped with sticky stabilizer. Hooping is so hard but if that is best that is what I will do. I practiced with a sample and I used the fix before and it held all 3 layers together fiine. It's just so hard to peel off the back. Do you wash it after the quilt is finished. Sorry so many questions just trying to find the best way.
    thanks
    So here's what I do; since this is my favorite method of quilting. I put sticky back stabilizer in my hoop, preferably an inch or two larger than the design I'm stitching. Then I cut out the middle where the stitching will be, remove the paper backing, exposing the sticky stuff. I set my machine so it is at the center point of the design and lay the quilt down so the center point is where I want it to be. Then I pin the quilt through the sticky stuff on the four sides to make sure it doesn't shift. Then I stitch away, staying at the machine so I can keep an eye on it in case it does try to shift. If you want, I can try a tutorial to show you. Or at least post some pictures of how I do it.
    I can see what you are saying. I have a fix on my D1. I wonder if I do that instead of pinning would it work.

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    Hey, I love you guys. Ask a question and get lots of wonderful answers. Thanks so much to all of you. Never thought about not using stabilizer. :thumbup: Now to decide what works for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilter53
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    Quote Originally Posted by quilter53
    What kind of stabilizer do you use when emb. motifs. I am doing it thru all 3 layers that is, after the top, batting and backing are together. What do you find is easiest to remove after it's finished. I usually do my emb., on other things, unhooped with sticky stabilizer. Hooping is so hard but if that is best that is what I will do. I practiced with a sample and I used the fix before and it held all 3 layers together fiine. It's just so hard to peel off the back. Do you wash it after the quilt is finished. Sorry so many questions just trying to find the best way.
    thanks
    So here's what I do; since this is my favorite method of quilting. I put sticky back stabilizer in my hoop, preferably an inch or two larger than the design I'm stitching. Then I cut out the middle where the stitching will be, remove the paper backing, exposing the sticky stuff. I set my machine so it is at the center point of the design and lay the quilt down so the center point is where I want it to be. Then I pin the quilt through the sticky stuff on the four sides to make sure it doesn't shift. Then I stitch away, staying at the machine so I can keep an eye on it in case it does try to shift. If you want, I can try a tutorial to show you. Or at least post some pictures of how I do it.
    I can see what you are saying. I have a fix on my D1. I wonder if I do that instead of pinning would it work.
    Well, the way I do it the fix won't do any good, because the stabilizer is outside of the embroidery field. I hate having to remove that sticky stuff from the fabric. I put a diagonal chalk mark from corner to corner to find the center. I use the 1 1/4" quilters pins for the pinning, gives me more pinning area than short ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grann of 6
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    Quote Originally Posted by grann of 6
    Quote Originally Posted by quilter53
    What kind of stabilizer do you use when emb. motifs. I am doing it thru all 3 layers that is, after the top, batting and backing are together. What do you find is easiest to remove after it's finished. I usually do my emb., on other things, unhooped with sticky stabilizer. Hooping is so hard but if that is best that is what I will do. I practiced with a sample and I used the fix before and it held all 3 layers together fiine. It's just so hard to peel off the back. Do you wash it after the quilt is finished. Sorry so many questions just trying to find the best way.
    thanks
    So here's what I do; since this is my favorite method of quilting. I put sticky back stabilizer in my hoop, preferably an inch or two larger than the design I'm stitching. Then I cut out the middle where the stitching will be, remove the paper backing, exposing the sticky stuff. I set my machine so it is at the center point of the design and lay the quilt down so the center point is where I want it to be. Then I pin the quilt through the sticky stuff on the four sides to make sure it doesn't shift. Then I stitch away, staying at the machine so I can keep an eye on it in case it does try to shift. If you want, I can try a tutorial to show you. Or at least post some pictures of how I do it.
    I can see what you are saying. I have a fix on my D1. I wonder if I do that instead of pinning would it work.
    Well, the way I do it the fix won't do any good, because the stabilizer is outside of the embroidery field. I hate having to remove that sticky stuff from the fabric. I put a diagonal chalk mark from corner to corner to find the center. I use the 1 1/4" quilters pins for the pinning, gives me more pinning area than short ones.
    Also, the way I do it I don't have to remove the hoop from the machine, just move the fabric to match the center point each time; goes quite fast this way.

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    Well, I tried and I decided to use the sticky stabilizer and cut it away under the emb. It works for me. Wanted to share pics of the quilting front and back. thanks again.

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    Also, the way I do it I don't have to remove the hoop from the machine, just move the fabric to match the center point each time; goes quite fast this way.[/quote]

    I think I will try doing it with the tearaway again. The first time I tried it moved. I need to pin it better. Not removing the hoop each time sounds good.
    I am quilting this in 4 sections. this is only my first section.

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    Looks great.

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    I went back and reread the posts. Grann6 you use the sticky and pin. Sorry so many posts just trying to do it right. :lol: Also, if anyone is interested I got the motif from www.emblibrary.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilter53
    I went back and reread the posts. Grann6 you use the sticky and pin. Sorry so many posts just trying to do it right. :lol: Also, if anyone is interested I got the motif from www.emblibrary.com
    You have to do what works best for you. It looks good to me. I got a disk of John Deer designs; they are all the regular looking quilt designs, corner, border, and center sets. I haven't tried them yet, got them for a Christmas thing I am going to do. There are 3 sizes of each for various hoops.

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    Beautiful!

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