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Message Board > Machine Embroidery > Help determining which stabilizers go with which fabric. ( Moderated by Pyrose)

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Ruth Designs
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Date: 8/9/11 9:28 AM

Is there a book or a website that will help me to determine how to match the correct stabilizer with my fabric. Also I'm not sure when to use a stabilizer on the bottom and the top. I brought some Gerber brand Burp Clothes and tried to embroider on them. Well it started out find at first but then when I put in a black thread to outline the blocks, the thread kept breaking on me. I put a lightweight tearaway on the bottom and sprayed, then hooped the fabric into it. I just gave up. I no it was something I did wrong, because I'm not sure what stabilizers I should be using with which fabrics. Thanks for your help.

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Date: 8/9/11 12:31 PM

Ruth,

I just recommended this book elsewhere on PR. Machine Embroidery on Difficult Materials by Deborah Jones. I'm sure you could find the information on line but as a newbie I needed help pulling all the elements of machine embroidery together. It has a 7 page stabilizer chapter and then includes stabilizer recommendations in each of the five chapters that covers specifically different groups of fabric that present challenges when using machine embroidery.

My dealer also gave me a short stabilizer guide. I'm pleased with the book as I had begun to feel overwhelmed. This is just one more instance of needing to do samples to prepare for a project. I'm convinced that machine embroidery would be greatly enhanced by a circle of friends that share product, ideas, and experience. Yes, like PR, but in person so that we can buy and sample products as a group and exchange based on evolving projects. One of the reasons why I'm taking sewing classes for the first time.

Overwhelmed...........sounds silly doesn't it? It's just needle, thread, fabric and stabilizer............ Anyone, this book is my security blanket.

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Date: 8/11/11 10:09 AM

This does not sound like a stabilizer problem (to me).

Could it be the thread? Black thread sometimes starts out as a different color, a dye job that goes bad, and then is over-dyed to black. Poly ME threads may be different in this regard, though. I think I've heard that Isacord is not done that way, but dyed black from the outset. What type and brand thread is it, that keeps breaking?

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Date: 8/11/11 10:26 AM

I can only second your book recommendation. This is the go to resource I used when I started embroidering last year, and I still pull it out for anything new.

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Date: 8/11/11 12:17 PM

I make alot of diaper burp cloths, and I'm always worried about messing up. I embroider the name or monogram on some cute flannel, usually something with a small dot. Then I make the flannel into a wide strip about 6 inches before hemming, that I use down the center or on the end. That way I don't have bobbin thread showing either, and my placement doesn't have to be exact.

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Date: 8/13/11 9:11 AM

i do a lot of burps also and use sticky-back tear-away stabilizer. i sometimes fold a bit of stitch-n-tear to slip under that. I do not hoop the dype. i can't get the nice gerber birdseye in my area any longer and resorted to ordering them online. The dypes are very nice quality but price went way up they're now about $4 each with shipping added. They still make great gifts and the new moms love em!
eta: the filmy top stabilizers normally used with towels or fabrics with a nap. i've been tempted to try it on burps just to see but i get pretty good results so haven't yet. occasionally i see the fibers separate at curves and solvy might help with that.
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Date: 8/13/11 6:27 PM

I think emb library has a good knowledge base about stabilisers - also specific manufacturers like floriani or whoever does jenny haskins have alot of info about what stabiliser goes with what.

Some of it is just to get you to buy more stabilisers but the information can be useful check youtube or their websites for info.

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Date: 8/18/11 11:56 AM

Thanks everyone for the help. The black thread that keeps breaking is Sulky embroidery thread. I did hear that Sulky is good for redyeing their threads. I have had look with embroidering on flannel and the thicker diapers. To be on the safe side I put tear away on the bottom and solvy on the top.

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