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Message Board > Machine Embroidery > Stabilizing quiting cotton ( Moderated by Pyrose)

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Date: 10/22/12 12:32 PM

Almost everything I do in on quilting cotton and I have the darnest time with stabilizers depending on design. I know I can't use real dense designs on it would be a nightmare. But what I'm currently working on I need a particular design it's key to the whole piece. I was thinking spraying gluing the cotton to canvas and then hooping that with a med cut away. Think that will work? I've almost completed the top of a quilted wall hanging and thinking of taking it apart to try two of the embroidery designs again. Just really not happy with it.

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Date: 10/22/12 9:44 PM

I just took a stablilizer class but all my notes are at home. I will try to see what I wrote down about this subject because it was #1 on my list of need to know/ask and reply to you as soon as possible.. What combination are you currently using?

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Date: 10/22/12 9:52 PM

Is the fabric puckering up or is the design shifting?

Use more layers of stablizer. And stitch a box around the design before stitching out the design.

I think quilting cotton should be easy to stabilize.

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Date: 10/23/12 0:44 AM

I'm not exactly sure what type of embroidery design you are using that's causing the problem. But I can say this: I have a 4x4 embroidery area and when I want to stabilize quilting cotton, as in the whole quilt--batting and all, I use (believe it or not) round coffee filters. They are durable enough until you tear them away, and when there's a little bit, it comes out in the wash. I hoop with the filter on the backside. I've hooped only once on the front, and that was a silk/cotton blend.

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Date: 10/23/12 6:56 AM

The last time I embroidered on a quilting cotton it was for a new baby gift - a pillow with a birth announcement type design. I was very concerned with puckering so I fused the quilting cotton to a layer of Pellon shape flex (I believe it's #101), used a medium weight cutaway and it worked perfectly.

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Date: 10/23/12 9:24 AM

fabric was puckering. But the canvas worked. I didn't spray as I don't have any. It really worked well. Cotton fabric, canvas, med weight cut away stabilizer. What I will do is cut away the canvas and stabilizer from the 1/4" seams for no bulk. So I will be doing some un sewing tonight. Will post a pic later.

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Date: 10/23/12 11:29 AM

To reduce the bulk associated with the canvas, could you spray starch the cotton with a very heavy duty starch and then hoop with double layer stabilizer? Turn the two pieces of stablizer so they lie at a 90 degree angle to each other....and then hoop all three layers. As a previous PR member suggested, stitch a basting box all around the perimeter of the design as the first part of your design. Bernina has a freed download at their site for basting boxes. I use them frequently and have found them very helpful in stabilizing a design.
For me quilter's cotton is soooooo much easier to handle when I use the heavy spray starch. Apply it to the back of your fabric, let it soak in and then iron.

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Date: 10/23/12 12:15 PM

I've tried the starch it was hit and miss. Since wall hangings aren't washed I may stick to the canvas method for dense designs. Usually I don't do dense with quilting cotton but this particular design was the centerpiece.

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