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Date: 10/27/13 6:42 AM

I'm making the tiny top hat from Urban Threads. I'm not very experienced with machine embroidery and this is the first free-standing lace I have made.

Tiny top hat

The hat is royal blue. It will be trimmed with fuschia velvet ribbon, a pink fluffy feather and a sparkley gold button. Colour makes me happy :-)

I dissolved the washaway stabiliser and dried the pieces flat on a towel. I pinned them flat but they are a bit distorted anyway.

Is it OK to press them from the back on a thick towel? Would that flatten the raised areas?

Thanks in advanced!
Juliette

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Date: 10/27/13 7:17 AM

I always press my embroidery designs to set the stitches. I press from the back, much the same as you describe above, and they turn out great. I usually use a press cloth so my hot iron doesn't touch the embroidery thread directly.

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Date: 10/27/13 8:24 PM

Whenever I embroider free standing lace I never wash out all of the washaway stabilizer. I just run the completed project piece under water until all the visible stabilizer is gone then I press by laying a heavy object (like a big book) on top of it for several hours or overnight. Any wash away stabilizer remaining in the lace acts like starch by keeping the item stiff, and the book does a great job pressing the item flat. From the photo of the top hat I think it would benefit the overall look of it if it was a bit stiff.

Whenever I have used an iron with free standing lace with a pressing cloth, I am super careful to use medium heat at most and I never hold the iron on the lace (pressing cloth) for more than a second or two max. I prefer the heavy book for pressing though but if I'm in a hurry the iron has worked but I am always super careful of the heat.

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Date: 10/31/13 1:29 PM

I have also soaked the lace pieces in liquid starch and then shaped them as needed and let them dry. For that hat, I sewed the pieces together and then soaked it. I then used foil and plastic wrap to stuff and shape the brim how I liked and let it dry.

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