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Message Board > Machine Embroidery > How would you stabilize a pillowcase? ( Moderated by Pyrose)

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Date: 12/18/07 10:16 AM

I'm working on my first project. I'm trying to do this design on a pillowcase. I stitched out a practice one last night on an old pillowcase using two layers of medium weight tear-away stablizer that I hooped and then sprayed with that 505 stuff. I stuck the pillowcase onto that and pinned it down. But I got a lot of puckering. I know I can try it with a thicker cut-away stabilizer but won't that look funny since pillowcases are kinda thin? Before I tore away the stablizer from the practice version, I could easily see the outline of the stabilizer showing through the fabric which wasn't aesthetically pleasing so that's why I am reluctant to use the cut-away stuff.

What would you do?

ETA: This design is too big to put on the band so I'm stitching it on the main area of the pillowcase where the fabric is single layered.
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Date: 12/18/07 10:32 AM

Cute design. You guys are definitely inspiring me to get the embroidery machine going again.

For the size of the design, the stitching looks dense, which is a blessing and a curse. Two layers of stabilizer should be plenty. It could be that you need to actually hoop the fabric, instead of only spray and pin basting. Maybe the design is too dense for the thin fabric?

If you don't like the look of the tear away. There are water soluable stabilizers and iron aways available.

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Date: 12/18/07 10:35 AM

Quote: zeoplum
ETA: This design is too big to put on the band so I'm stitching it on the main area of the pillowcase where the fabric is single layered.

If the pillow is going to be used at night, I'd definitely go for a water soluable stabilizer. I think the tear away would make it stiff.
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Date: 12/18/07 10:46 AM

Are the water soluable and iron aways as sturdy as the cut away?

Also, just to clarify......while I am stitching on the main area, it'll still be on the end of the pillowcase just above the band so I don't think anyone will sleep directly on the design.

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Date: 12/18/07 10:52 AM

Cute design! Can you resize it to make it small enough for the band? Personally, I would hoop the pillowcase itself for something like this. I use the sticky stuff a lot but not on something like a pillowcase.

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Date: 12/18/07 11:04 AM

There are so many different varieties and weights of stabilizer available, I can only share what I have used. There are as many different opinions about stabilizer as there are about sewing and embroidery machines. =)

The water soluable I have is Aqua-magic Plus. It is also a self-adhesive (no need for 505) and IMO, would be comparable it weight to a medium tear away. There are water soluables available that are very thin and almost look like plastic wrap.

I just opened up the package of iron away, it's actually Baby Lock's brand. # BLP-FILM I got it to use on top of towels. It looks like a fairly thin plastic sheeting. This particular iron away would not be advisable for the pillowcase.

Is your dealer nearby? Mine has a sampler pack available of the different stabilizers. The samples are large enough to stitch out on, @ 8x10. Nancy's notions also has a sampler pack of stabilizers.

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Date: 12/18/07 11:06 AM

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I use the sticky stuff a lot but not on something like a pillowcase.

Do you use tear away on your pillow cases? I'm a fan of the sticky, just because I'm lazy.

Resizing is a good idea. That way you have the 2 layers of the banding for a bit of extra stability.
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Date: 12/18/07 11:27 AM

I'm afraid resizing is not an option. The design is more than twice as big as the band.

I may try to hoop it. What stabilizer would you use?

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Date: 12/18/07 11:46 AM

I would hoop the pillowcase by itself and then slip a tearaway stabilizer or washaway stabilizer under it.

Other people probably have different ideas!!!

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Date: 12/18/07 11:53 AM

Did you see that they have a smaller size here? Perhaps that would fit on the band.

(I'm a big lurker and I've learned a lot from all of you guys!)

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