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Date: 7/28/12 12:06 PM

I want to make a pile of 14 inch pillows as thank you gifts. I'm using the cameo designs from EL but I don't like the way they are turning out on the quilting cotton. I was thinking go something with a bit of a nap. Felt looks great (EL uses it to test their designs), but it wears horribly. Any suggestions? Thanx

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Date: 7/28/12 12:59 PM

You did not elaborate on what exactly is the problem.

Try to enlarge the design just a bit. EL designs can be a little too dense.

Make sure you are using a new ME needle and the correct stabilizer.

Test the cotton again.

Nap may not be the answer. Felt and fleece, too cheap looking, low loft velvet, maybe. Use a wash away topper and always test first with scraps.

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Date: 7/28/12 3:38 PM

Make sure you're using a heavy cutaway stabilizer, and have washed the cotton first. In addition, you might try adhering the cotton to the stabilizer so there's less shifting of the threads during sewing.

Write to EL and see what they suggest, too!

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Date: 7/28/12 4:33 PM

Thanks for both of the suggestions. I may try oton again. The design just looked a bit missing on the cotton. Maybe I should try putting it in the middle of a pieced block?

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Date: 7/28/12 5:32 PM

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Make sure you're using a heavy cutaway stabilizer, and have washed the cotton first. In addition, you might try adhering the cotton to the stabilizer so there's less shifting of the threads during sewing.



Write to EL and see what they suggest, too!

No need to write to EL when they already list materials, needles, thread, stabilizer as well as troubleshooting - Here is the link.

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Date: 7/28/12 8:17 PM

Maybe double nap flannel?

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Date: 7/29/12 4:46 PM

I just went through this myself with some designs from EL while making a quilt. I was using Kona quilter's cotton and had some slight puckering. It took a bit of trial and error, but what I found worked best was using heavy cut away stabilizer and then floating a piece of heavy tear-away underneath for some added stability. I also used spray adhesive on the stabilizer to secure the fabric even more so it wouldn't shift. The designs came out wonderful.

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Date: 7/30/12 1:09 PM

Thanks, exactly what I needed. I was using kona

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Date: 7/31/12 12:50 PM

By the way, I failed to mention in my earlier post that Embroidery Library has a how to on embroidering on broadcloth here as well as one for quilter's cotton here. They do suggest using Kona quilter's cotton for embroidery as it has a higher thread count and more body than other quilting cottons.

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