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Date: 11/8/13 9:55 AM

This is kind of hard to see (I'm sorry; I'm not sure if it's the camera, the lighting, or the actual contrast thread that is the problem) but I appliqued wings onto the back of this sweatshirt.



The fleece is stretchy though, so it kind of bubbled while I was stitching it down. I used a satin stitch because I wanted there to be a visual contrast between the outlines and the actual fabric, since I used the same fabric for the "applique."

I know I need to stop the fabric from stretching to get the bubbling to stop, but I'm not sure how to stabilize it. I don't want to end up with paper stabilizer under the applique or stuck in the threads, and because it's a satin stitch, I don't think I can pull it out from under the thread with tweezers alone.

Does water soluble stabilizer actually work? It will disintegrate when soaked in water? What other options would I have to make this attach flatter?

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Date: 11/9/13 0:30 AM

Did you use a stabalizer?

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Subject: Bubbling on an applique on fleece. Date: 11/9/13 0:50 AM

I would have used a cut away stabilizer on the back of the whole thing and ironed a non-stretchy iron-on interfacing on to the back of the applique pieces before sewing them on.

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Date: 11/9/13 8:43 AM

I agree, but would also add reduce your presser foot pressure a little. Practice on some scraps.

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Subject: Bubbling on an applique on fleece. Date: 11/9/13 11:59 AM

How did you attach the applique before you did the stitching?

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Subject: Bubbling on an applique on fleece. Date: 11/10/13 8:31 AM

Cult, my machine is too ghetto to have adjustable pressure foot xD but I see the point you're making. Definitely something to keep in mind when I am shopping for a new machine in a few years.

PattiAnnJ, I hand basted it. If I don't want to have paper under the appliqué (a la iron on stabilizer) I always hand baste my appliqués in place. But I am wondering if water soluble stabilizer would work, as well as disappear when I wash it afterward.

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Subject: Bubbling on an applique on fleece. Date: 11/10/13 5:14 PM

I would use cut away mesh stabilizer on the inside of the jacket and trim close after stitching. I have used rinse away on fleece buttonholes and it will still ripple. You can use the rinse away on top under your satin stitches and that will help the stitches from sinking into the fleece.

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Date: 11/10/13 5:27 PM

Because fleece is a knit, the fabric needs to be stabilized. The inherent stretchiness of fleece is why your project bubbled. I'm so sorry this happened, after all your hard work.

A cut-away is the best. You can affix it with washable glue stick, or try something wettable like HydroStick from the machine embroidery stabilizers. If you really do not want that, a good tearaway that is carefully removed is the next best thing. In a pinch, you could use freezer paper ironed on to the back with the iron on LOW heat. Test on scraps first, of course. Test, test, test. I have used freezer paper on the back of sweatshirts that I appliquéd. Granted, it is a more stable knit, but it worked great.

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