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Stabilizer for velvet?
embellishing w/metallic cord/trim
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Date: 6/16/12 4:01 PM

I'm working on embellishing a velvet project (Simplicity 1819 bolero jacket) with gold trim/cord (probably soutache, although I haven't finalized my materials and technique yet). I've been experimenting with bits of things in my stash and various embellishing feet (Viking), and so far have been pleasantly surprised by the good results I'm getting--especially considering I just dove in head first, never having done anything like this before! LOL

Things were puckering just a bit, which I anticipated, and lessening the top thread tension has helped considerably... but I'm thinking I might also benefit from some stabilizer. I've used baking parchment before, but it's not getting along with the velvet AT ALL. I seem to need something less... slippery? That will stay in place better as I sew. The second thing I would normally try is some fusible interfacing, but that seems like it wouldn't work well with the velvet (nice synthetic, woven, non-stretch).

Suggestions? As you can tell from my baking parchment and interfacing experiences, I'm a stabilizer newbie.

Thanks!!

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Date: 6/17/12 11:34 AM

You could try some leave in forever kind of embroidery stabilizer just set on the back of it, if it would work for you, cut away around those areas on your garment later, or if that part of the garment, was going to end up being interfaced and lined and you did not mind it stiffer later possibly.

Or you might be able to use some kind of tear away stabilizer, but when tearing it off from the back later, I think you would have to hold it pretty good and down with the thumbnail of one hand in in each and every little area while doing that, or you might be pulling on and stretching you actual velvet at that point.

You could also try sort of just hand basting it in a grid pattern onto some clear wash away stabilizer on the back of it, and just maybe pick out you hand pasting later. I don't know if that would be enough to reduce your puckering or not though. But good thing about that would be at least you would not really have to wet the whole thing later to get it off of there though. You could probably just dampen only a q-tip in water, and only run that on the back side over just the stitching afterwards, and still get that clear wash away kind of stabilizer off the back of it, without ever having to actually wet and dunk the whole piece of velvet in water at all.

What I think you should not use though, is any sticky kind of stabilizer paper. No matter if it's sticky all by it's self or you need to iron it on there. Unless it really worked for you in a test sample first. just because if you use some kind of stabilizer that is sticky, then when you go to pull it off later, and it's even on towel loopies or even just some corduroy, then you can actually sometimes pull some "tufts out" of a cut pile fabric, even from just in between the weave of it, just out of the back of it even.

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