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Date: 11/5/06 12:42 PM

Can top-stitching on two layers of boiled wool be accomplished without a walking-foot? I'm experimenting a little and encountering a lot of stretching with my pressure adjusted to lightest - both layers stretch, but the top layer the most, as one might expect. I'm looking at the stitching designs on a felted wool jacket shown in Threads#127 - has anyone tried this technique? Or have any advice for sewing on boiled wool?

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Date: 11/5/06 10:28 PM

Have you tried loosening the tension a bit?

My other trick is to put a strip of tissue either under the layer below the needle or below the fabric. It just helps it glide a bit more. Actually that makes me think of the Teflon foot too, that might work. Or if you have a Bernina (and all the stuff) a roller foot.

Really it should work. I personally don't like the walking foot very much. I find other strategies much easier. Just test on some scraps a bit.


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In reply to Sewshot

Date: 11/5/06 11:33 PM

One thing I have used to do decorative stitches without stretching is water soluble stabilizer like Solvy. Try it under and/or over the wool. It worked great for some stitches on a wool/lycra blend sarong. Without the stabilizer the fabric rippled.

Joanne

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Date: 11/8/06 9:01 AM

I'm getting back to playing with the fabric today...I'll try my roller foot, the tissue, and the tension adjustments. Someone also told me to try a heavier pressure - that the thick fabric might grip the feed dogs better and thus move through without so much stretching. Makes sense to me, so I'll try that as well. Thanks for your help.

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Date: 11/8/06 9:05 AM

I have some Solvy, but have never used it. I expect that I will need some kind of stabilizer for the decorative stitches. Can it be removed without using water? I'm afraid of water on the boiled wool. That's another question I have...I know I need to pre-shrink the wool with steam...need to do some more research on just how to do that.

Thank you for your help.

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Date: 11/8/06 3:02 PM

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Can it be removed without using water?

No. The same company makes a stabilizer that is ironed to remove it. I haven't tried it yet.

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I'm afraid of water on the boiled wool.

Cold water will not hurt the wool. To felt wet wool requires the addition of agitation and/or heat. I wash all my wools, including a hand-woven shawl. I use the washer for convenience but in a process that is very similiar to hand washing.

Joanne

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Date: 11/8/06 8:13 PM

Thanks so much for that info. The Solvy sounds like the right thing. I'll try it...and keep the reference for the other stabilizer, too.

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