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Linda Hansberry
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Date: 11/29/12 8:12 PM

doing some embriodery! Got the transfer card reader working and downloaded so free files and a set that I had the cd for. Hubby got me 80 spools of thread from Nancy's notions for Christmas but in the mean time I have some Janome thread.

I am happ right now! Still stugguling with backing material. It seems like there is a lot of waste. What do you do with it when you cut if off? Do you save it to use on small places?

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Linda

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Date: 11/29/12 9:19 PM

Yes there does tend to be alot of wasted stabilizer. That is one of the reasons why you always use the smallest hoop possible for your item. I generally do not save scraps as I do not know of a use for them. Enjoy your embroidery because you are going to be hooked really soon. I love to just sit and watch the needle embroider.

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Date: 11/30/12 0:52 AM

I have a tin box/can (old cookie can) that I store my scrap stabilizer. It really comes in handy when I need just a little for stabilizing trial/test buttonholes, and fancy stitches, top stitches,etc. It is also great to stabilize fabric when running a test strip of those fancy stitches or trial/test buttonholes before actually stitching them on the final garment. I never throw my scrap stabilizer away.

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Date: 11/30/12 8:44 AM

Have fun! It's an addictive and pricey hobby, but I find it so rewarding. I hang onto my larger scraps to use in the smaller hoops. Just last night I was making a "60th b-day) shirt for a friend. I walked away from the machine to grab something, wrongly thinking I had all excess fabric safely out of needle range and... yep... the tail of the shirt got caught under the needle and began stitching a mess. I managed to "undo" my mess and salvaged the shirt, but there was a hole in the stabilizer beneath the small area left to complete the word phrase. I grabbed a scrap piece of stabilizer and used my temporary spray to attach it to the underside of the hoop, patching the hole. It worked! Jeanie

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Date: 11/30/12 10:32 AM

How great to hear! I am hoping my machine arrives next week so I can join the wonderful world of embroidering!

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Date: 11/30/12 7:03 PM

I save the larger scraps and will reuse when I need more than one layer of stabilizer -- especially aqua-mesh which is very expensive. I will cut the size I need for my hoop, then layer the leftovers ensuring they can be caught in the hoop. I always put the pieces on the bottom to make sure the embroidery foot does not snag the edge of one when I am embroidering.

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Date: 12/5/12 0:52 AM

Did it come yet? I'm so excited for you!

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Date: 12/14/12 8:53 PM

I am so sorry I did not get back to you about my thread box! So much has happens. The best news is that I got a new Baby Lock machine! I had to have it to go with my thread. at least that is what I told Hubby. It is the Ellageo Plus. Now I need to learn to fit patterns and so some tops to embroider. I have started falling the Plus size board. The thread is asboutly beautiful. I would think that everyone needs it.

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Date: 12/14/12 8:57 PM

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Did it come yet? I'm so excited for you!

It came! I've had it a little over a week and have yet to test it. I have been busy but I am also a little intimidated---not sure why! I did buy some thread and read the manual so I should just get to it!

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Date: 12/14/12 10:29 PM

I use water soluable a lot. You can join pieces by moistening one edge and placing it either under or on top of the edge of another piece and then hooping it -- or you can use it as a floater under a piece of hooped stabilizer for more stability. Also, you can soak the leftover pieces in warm water and use the water to stiffen fabric for embroidery. Another use -- cut strips and place them under a hem or under decorative stitches. Just rinse it out when you are done if it is WS. Lt weight tearaway will not be noticeable on most fabrics if you tear away up to the stitches like you would with a design.

A few weeks ago I was ebroidering knit polo shirts that my dd was going to give as a going-away gift to her intern and accidentally put a hole in two out of three shirts -- one when my thread knotted up and the second when a letter did not form correctly. One even had a hole in the cutaway stabilizer. I placed a couple pieces of lightweight WS under the hole and reembroidered (after removing stitches) and after bringing the torn edges together with fray check. It worked perfectly and you could not see the hole -- it was closed up by the embroidery. From now on I will use one layer of cutaway and another layer of WS under that as a floater on knits. More stability and the WS washes out.

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Sewn in 2012: 176.212 yds.
2013 Goal: 400 yds (again)
Total sewn in 2013 -- 225.848 yds.
Total yards in inventory 1/1/14 -- 1752.5
Goal for 2014 -- 400 yards (for the third time)

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