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Date: 9/23/13 1:41 PM

I hooped some tear away stabilizer (sulky brand) and used an in the hoop design that used a satin stitch to finish an edging. There were paper whiskers left behind after tearing away the stabilizer making it too ugly to give as a gift. Does anyone know of a different stabilizer that does not do this or another technique?

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Subject: Stabilizer leaves Whiskers Date: 9/23/13 8:58 PM

Was the stabilizer on the front of the design or on the wrong side?

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Date: 9/23/13 11:58 PM

I clean up with the heat of a craft iron.

ETA: I have trimmed the best I could without nipping the stitching and then gone over the satin stitching on the sewing machine with the same embroidery thread in the bobbin as well as for the top thread. The stitch length does not have to be as close as the statin stitch.

You can also use a sharpie in the same color to camouflage the whiskers.

Here are two brands that wash away and are strong enough for the stabilzing the base (not a topper).




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Subject: Stabilizer leaves Whiskers Date: 9/24/13 2:36 AM

I'd try what Diane says - the tear-away stabilizer should be on the wrong side of the fabric.

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Date: 9/24/13 11:03 AM

Yes except for soluble stabilizer it should be on the back of the design.

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Subject: Stabilizer leaves Whiskers Date: 9/24/13 11:16 AM

No one said the stabilizer was on the top. It was hooped and then the fabric was placed on the top for an applique.

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Date: 9/24/13 1:28 PM

This is an in the hoop design and the tear away ended up between two layers beecause you put fabric on both sides of the hooped stabilizer. The tear away stays inside the two layers. I don't like that idea much, but I guess it doesn't hurt anything.

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Subject: Stabilizer leaves Whiskers Date: 9/24/13 1:34 PM

I think I am going to try a strong wash away like the ones PattiAnnJ linked too. I just hope the needle doesn't pierce it so that it tears while doing the satin stitch. Also, sometimes I have had a hard time getting all the wash away out. I don't want it to end up feeling starched because it will be left between two layers.

I couldn't find a marker the correct color.

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Date: 9/24/13 4:41 PM

What are you making that has stabilizer between the layers of fabric?

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Subject: Stabilizer leaves Whiskers Date: 9/26/13 10:53 AM

A few years back, I made the Molly Mine embroidered "purse" which was nothing but in-the-hoop designs. I *hated* the tearaway whiskers! Came up with another process - it takes a bit more time, but it's SO much nicer.

1. Hoop heavy-weight wash-away Solvy.
2. Run the outline stitch.
3. Slip a piece of CUTAWAY stabilizer under your hoop to cover the outline. Now put your applique fabric on the top side. (I like to use a piece of fabric larger than the finished applique, run the outline stitch and then trim, rather than cutting the piece to size and trying to fiddle around with getting it to line up perfectly)
4. Run the outline stitch again (you'll need to back up the stitching order to run it a second time) Now you've got the applique fabric on top, the Solvy in the middle, and the cutaway on the backside, all locked in place.
5. Take your hoop off the machine. Trim both the applique fabric and the cutaway fabric back to the running stitch.
6. Put the hoop back on the machine, and proceed, running the zigzag stitch to lock down the edges of both the applque and the cutaway backing.

This way, you get the stabilizer and stiffening inside of the ITH piece, without the whiskers. It will just pop out of the Solvy, and you can use a wet towel to wipe away any Solvy edges.

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