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Date: 1/29/13 9:43 PM

So I have this humongous project that's been lurking in my sewing room this year and now I have finally taken the time to test a technique I'd been wanting to try. I think it went pretty well as I can not see the stitches but there is slight pukering that I do not want in the blocks. I used two layers of Sulky Solvy lightweight. I probably should have added another layer or gone to a different stabilizer. I used the solvy because I did not want to leave any stabilizer in the quilt. For those of you who embroider, what stabilizer would really prevent puckering that is easy to remove?

For the applique, I used a Sharon Schamber turned-edge method, using Ricky Tim Stable Stuff and glue stick. Glued the pieces to the background and then stitched them down.

The block below is just a test piece from fabric scraps.

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Date: 1/30/13 10:42 AM

Warbler, I can't answer your question, but wanted to say that's one of my favorite applique techniques. I learned it with freezer paper (which has to be removed by slicing the back open and pulling it out and is a real pain) but got some Stable Stuff at Quilt Festival for just that purpose. Cough cough probably three years ago and haven't had a chance to try it yet.

Your block is lovely! Have you tried steaming from the back?

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Date: 1/30/13 11:28 AM

It is gorgeous! If this is a test I can not WAIT to see the actual blocks!!

I need to look up that ricky stuff! What is it?

As fas as stabilizers go, I am new to all this so I am still trying out different kinds. The water soluble is the only thing to use of you want no stabilizer left. I use several layers sometimes, you may want to try 3 or 4 to see if it works better.


Did you use invisible thread?

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Date: 1/30/13 11:31 AM

Not sure why you need a stabilizer. I was doing some applique stuff over the weekend practiced stitching it down etc and I did find without an stabilizer. I had fused pieces down and then stitched around them. No puckering at all.

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Date: 1/30/13 4:33 PM

Thanks Cat, I'm thinking that it was tension settings and slight puckering a result of the invisible thread. I used Monopoly. It took a bit of effort to pull it through the needle. So I am going to try the spool in a cup idea. I may need to play with the settings more too. If all else fails, I'll use more layers of the Solvy.

The stabilizer is called Stable Stuff. It's a medium weight paper-like product which can be used instead of freezer paper. I think Sharon Schamber uses a similar product. You trace the appliqué pieces, then use a fabric glue stick to adhere it to the fabric. Apply glue to the edges on the wrong side and turn them as you would needle turn freezer paper appliqué. Then glue the pieces onto the background fabric. It's alittle tedious but you can build the whole block and stitch it all down at once. When the block is done, you wash it to remove the glue, at the same time, the Stable Stuff softens. I wash the blocks in hot water with Synthropol which helps to remove the glue. I blot the blocks to remove water and line dry... And press. Stable Stuff Poly

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Date: 1/30/13 5:11 PM

In fusible appliqué, the fusible becomes the stabilizer, so no you would not need to add any. That's another project I've got planned... Mistral by Tony Whitney. I'm using Steam a Seam 2 as my fusible, then sewing the pieces in place either with Monopoly, or some other 100 wt thread, like Invsafil Thread. I think I'm totally insane for even attempting to do this. I may need to take some before and after pics just to show how much hair I'll have left when I'm done.

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Date: 1/30/13 7:23 PM

A technique that is way on the back burner, so interesting to read how to do it. I think your test came out really well, couldn't see the puckering may need stronger glasses lol

Ohh yes before and after for how much hair and how the grey sneaks in

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Date: 1/30/13 7:41 PM

Oh wow that's beautiful

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Date: 1/31/13 3:41 PM

It looks really nice Warbler. :)

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