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Message Board > Machine Embroidery > Can interfacing be used as stablizer? ( Moderated by Pyrose)

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Can interfacing be used as stablizer?
Are they basically the same thing?
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Date: 5/16/08 11:02 AM

I did a search for this and couldn't find anything on it but it seems to be that stablizer isn't much more than differing weights of interfacing. Am I right? Can interfacing be used instead of stabilizer? Thanks! I'm very new to machine embroidery and have lots of questions.

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Date: 5/16/08 11:26 AM

I have used interfacing with stabilizer with some success but not on it's own. You don't want to use anything that will stretch for a backing. I've found that the cut away types work better for me than tear away type. The "polymesh" type works great and can be beefed-up a bit with a fusbile interfacing.
My most common use for interfaciong combined with embroidery is to use a featherweight fusible after I've finished the embroidery to cover the back and prevent the "itchies" my daughter sometimes complains about.

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Date: 5/16/08 5:45 PM

If you check posts by "SexiSadi" I think you will find that she experimented with this. I believe the results were not satisfactory.

If you have not visited Embroidery Library, they have a "techniques & tips" section that is very helpful for newbies and oldbies alike.

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Date: 5/17/08 6:59 AM

I just used a heavyweight pellon interfacing with great results. So I think it depends. Normall I'd use the regular embroidery stabilizer in my stash, but I ran out of rolls that were a wide width for my 5X7 hoop.

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Date: 5/17/08 6:59 AM

ETA--double post.
-- Edited on 5/17/08 7:00 AM --

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Measurements: 34 HB/36 FB (34C bra)/27.5/36 (and working hard to keep it that way.)
Machines: Sewing/Embroidery Combo Machine: Janome MC15000. Sewing Machines: Elna 740, vintage Kenmore Model 33 (1967), Janome Gem Gold 3. Sergers: Babylock Imagine and Babylock Enlighten. Embroidery Only: Janome 300E

If you think your sewing is better than everyone else's around here, get out of my way b****. I hate sewing snobs.

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Date: 5/17/08 7:50 PM

My little experiment wasn't really conclusive, but here is my opinion anyway based on my little experiment.

If you are going to embroider a little Elmo on a shirt for a kid that's going to outgrow the shirt in two weeks, go right ahead and use interfacing. But if you're going to embroider a design on something thats going to be put in the washer more than twice, I would use the stablizer.

My test design that used the interfacing stretched a bit more then the stablizer. Also, after repeted washing, the interfacing test looked a bit more puckered.

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Numbers for 2013:
Yards in stash: 606.25
Yards in: 22.75
Yards out: 10.50

Numbers for 2012:
594.00 yards in stash
4 yards in
10.25 yards out

Numbers for 2011:
601.25 yards in stash (I'm sure this number is off by a few yards)
Yards in: 137.50 (Seriously? I'm over 100, and it's only JULY? Ugh!)
Yards out: 88.75

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Date: 5/17/08 8:43 PM

Yeah, I'm creating a wallhanging with my embroidery samples and doing purses. Those won't see a lot of washings so with my embroidery it doesn't matter too much. I should have clarified that in my previous post. I'm working with denim too. With repeated washing like with your project, stabilizer would probably be best.

So many variables that it's hard to say yes or no to this question, huh.

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Big 4 Pattern size 12, RTW bottom: 6, RTW jacket 8, RTW top (no size fits me well!)
Measurements: 34 HB/36 FB (34C bra)/27.5/36 (and working hard to keep it that way.)
Machines: Sewing/Embroidery Combo Machine: Janome MC15000. Sewing Machines: Elna 740, vintage Kenmore Model 33 (1967), Janome Gem Gold 3. Sergers: Babylock Imagine and Babylock Enlighten. Embroidery Only: Janome 300E

If you think your sewing is better than everyone else's around here, get out of my way b****. I hate sewing snobs.

My blog: www.phatchickdesigns.blogspot.com

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Date: 5/18/08 6:26 AM

Thanks for taking time to help me! I'll follow your advice!

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Date: 5/18/08 12:04 PM

Thanks for the input. I could not find your original post.

CRS hasn't gotten the best of me, yet!

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Date: 5/18/08 5:12 PM

Yeah, well, you're lucky. Ever since I got pregnent, i'm so scatterbrained i'm suprised I can remember where I live half the time. lol

(Oh, not trying to highjack the thread or anything)

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http://theramblingsoftcm.blogspot.com/
Numbers for 2013:
Yards in stash: 606.25
Yards in: 22.75
Yards out: 10.50

Numbers for 2012:
594.00 yards in stash
4 yards in
10.25 yards out

Numbers for 2011:
601.25 yards in stash (I'm sure this number is off by a few yards)
Yards in: 137.50 (Seriously? I'm over 100, and it's only JULY? Ugh!)
Yards out: 88.75

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