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Tips & Techniques > Stabilizing Swimwear fabric.

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Posted on: 2/27/10 1:19 PM
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I have heard of stabilizing small areas of fabric like buttonholes.But not for swimwear fabric. Mostly I find the printed lycra tends to roll on the edges. I did read a tip to zig-zag the edges this will help. But I tired it and it really wasn't much better. So yesterday I was working on another swimsuit with rolly printed fabric and thought I will stabilize the crotch area because it always seems to be the worse there. It worked ! Then I started pinning the rest and it was rolling I said OK I took out the pins and stabilized the entire suits edges. And tomorrow I will have a easy day of sewing. Only drawback is you have to let it dry overnight. But I'm in no hurry. I use OESD Helmar Sew Stable Fabric Stabilizer bucause of a tip I read here on PR.

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Beryl Koster said... (3/17/12 1:06 AM) Reply
Great idea! My fabric rolled worse after I washed it...not too sure if that is such a good thing to do.
Teeavilnor said... (3/6/10 12:15 PM) Reply
sewrelaxed: Yes, with the swimwear I just rince it out there is no residue. I use 3pts. water to 1pt stabilizer but it can be made stronger or full strength, or I imagine lesser depending what you need.
sewrelaxed said... (3/5/10 8:49 PM) Reply
Does this product wash out after or leave a residue?
sewrelaxed said... (3/5/10 8:49 PM) Reply
Does this product wash out after or leave a residue?
SandiMacD said... (3/4/10 0:15 AM) Reply
Thanks for explaining how you used the product in your comment because I couldn' understand it just from the review. I'm going to buy some and give it a try.
Teeavilnor said... (2/28/10 3:20 PM) Reply
I stablized all the edges, brushed it on waited to dry and it was much easier to control the fabric.
Mimicj said... (2/28/10 1:19 PM) Reply
Helmar Sew Stable will stabilize fabric before machine embroidery. By stabilizing the fabric with Helmar Sew Stable you will eliminate the need for a hoop and stiffen the fabric so that it dos not bunch up while you are embroidering. This product is a liquid, not aerosol spray.
candyo said... (2/28/10 9:53 AM) Reply
I don't get it either.
Merry G said... (2/28/10 9:26 AM) Reply
how did you stablize it? did I miss something?
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