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Date: 10/15/12 8:19 AM

Hi, I'm just wondering if anyone has used this tool to cut out shapes etc and then apply to machine embroidery?

I have just ordered Margaret Beal's book on fusing fabrics but wonder if there's more info out there and what voltage iron to buy?

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Date: 10/16/12 0:59 AM

Summerset (SBanks here at PR) uses a wood-burning tool for doing just that on a number of her projects at her Pins & Needles blog. You might want to have a look -- she's got "mad skillz." :)
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Date: 10/20/12 10:09 AM

I have used a soldering iron to cut shapes from synthetic sheers for embellishments.

The heat seals the edges nicely.

I used to use a candle flame, but the soldering iron is a bit more controlled.

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Date: 10/20/12 4:37 PM

It does not even have to be a real soldering iron at all, though if you got one or several laying around the house any way's you could use one. You could also just use any of those rather cheap Clover mini iron things, sold at all the big chain fabric stores too. I don't think the voltage matters all that much at all. Because the stuff people would melt that way all melts pretty/very easy. Base fabric like that, would all be synthetic with low melting temp and not natural fibers though.

If you embroider something on some synthetic fabric (like nylon or polyester organza or such) and you use natural fiber thread to do that, like cotton or rayon, then when you quickly run the hot thing, whatever it is around the sewn out edge of it latter, (even if it was just the end of ald metal coat hanger heated up on the stove) it would cut and seal it there. And not melt the embroidery at all. It might make it a bit stiff right there where you do that though, and you might not want it just against your bare skin later. If you are trying to make something 3D, like layered embroidered flower petals and not ever against your skin and more for a wall hanging or such, that might even be kind of a bonus on that.

If instead you actually embroidered with synthetic polyester embroidery thread onto something like nylon or polyester organza, and then did that, the actual thread it's self on there, is not going to keep you from melting into the embroidery design then at all though, as you don't have that "heat resistant" barrier on the edge you are trying to melt away, the same way. so you would have to be a lot more careful and quick on that, or you would pretty easy get melting into the actual embroidery design instead too, just because polyester embroidery thread melts that way.

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