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Recycle dryer sheets for stabilizers (Tip/Technique)
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Posted on: 3/4/05 4:34 PM
Here's one I got from the lady at the post office the other day...

When in need of a lightweight stabilizer, used (make sure they aren't new!) dryer sheets work well. This is true for applique, beading, quilting and embroidery.

The only downside is they aren't convenient for large surfaces, but they are great in a small area, or in a pinch (like Sunday nights when you got your mojo going and all the stores are closed).

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Nancy Anne said...
Really? Well, that actually makes sense, because the things withstand extreme heat for long periods of time, as well as moisture, and come out un-disentegrated. Great tip! Thanks!
3/5/05 9:55 AM
AnneM said...
Great tip; I'll have to tuck those away.
3/5/05 10:29 AM
Lorna C. Newman said...
I'll have to try this one soon for some zips in lightweight fabrics ... Ideal tip for spring fabrics!
3/5/05 10:57 AM
Gigi Louis said...
When I first got into machine embroidery in the late 80s there was no cutaway available so I always used dryer sheets. They do work great!
3/5/05 2:54 PM
USMMJenny said...
Far out! Why didn't I think of that!
3/7/05 0:46 AM
gammaginny said...
What a great idea. Thanks. Sure will help in a pinch.
3/9/05 3:34 AM
ryan's mom said...
This is a really great tip, but I'm assuming we're talking about something like Bounce? Be careful using it as a stabilizer that comes in contact with skin, because my dermatologist said about 10% of the population are allergic to these. In my quest to cut down on annoying static cling, I threw one in my dryer once, and it took me two weeks to figure out why I was breaking out in huge hives and welts all over my body. Duh! I'm allergic to the Bounce sheets.
3/15/05 6:19 AM
MarciClaus said...
What a great idea! I'm going to try that tonight. Stabilizer can be sooo expensive and I feel so environmentally PC not just throwing those darn things away.
3/16/05 6:13 PM
Cookin said...
Very good idea, thank you!
4/2/08 4:25 PM

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