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Date: 1/3/13 8:52 PM

Nope, not an embroidery question, but if anyone knows the answer it will be this group. I'm going to be doing a fair amount of decorative stitches on an upcoming project. Some of it will be done on ribbons which will then be stitched on a skirt. Some of the stitches will be done directly on woven cotton-quilting type fabric. I picked up some water soluble stabilizer, but I'm not sure how to use it. The stitching will be going around the width of the skirt, so I can't just consider even using a hoop, which I know I could use with my machine. So any suggestions of stabilizer/interfacing that will give the best results. This is a regular sewing machine, not an embroidery one, but lots of decorative stitches. I find a ton of info for embroidery, but not just plain old deco stitches. So any help is much appreciated.
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Date: 1/4/13 1:22 AM

for decorative stitches on the sewing machine i use a light tearaway or medium tear away if there is alot of satin stitching

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Date: 1/4/13 4:51 AM

Neat project idea. I would think the wash wash way type would be easier- when dine just toss it in machine rather than picking out the stray tear-way. But I have seen so many types of wash-aways so its confusing. I am still at the beginner embroidery level.

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Date: 1/4/13 7:59 AM

For a large amount of decorative stitches I like a Floriani product called stitch n wash fusible. The product is made of both soluable and non soluable fabers. This would be used on the back of the skirt ironed on so nothing moves during the sewing process. This stabilizer will wash out leaving very minimal amount behind, just enough to help support the stitches during the life of the garment. I have a store bought garment that looked nice until the first wash---now all the decorative stitches pucker because the stitches are wide and the fabric is too light weight (they used a tear away). Do some samples on scrap of fabric to test stitches/stabilizer/technigue and wash them to see the end result to avoid suprises.

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Date: 1/4/13 1:29 PM

Personally I would use a tear away because the stabilizer that is left in the stitches will continue to support and after a few washings it tends to just go away.

Perhaps you should do a mock up with various weights of stabilizer and then wash it to see how it turns out. Cut away is always used for knits because you never want to lose that support in the design with all the stretching...it might be the same with your skirt...you might just want that extra stiffness that stays in the garment. It depends on the style and the effect you want.
Stabilizer is a must though. I have found ribbon can fold up after a few washings and look limp, which might be fine but if not then cut away might be used for that and then tear away on other parts...aren't we glad we have so many choices?

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Date: 1/4/13 6:13 PM

I don't own an embroidery machine but have always done everything on my sm. I have used tissue paper with decorative stitches and as backing for appliques. It is much cheaper than commercial stabilizer and it just tears away. It works best on more stable fabric. If I was working with really thin or stretchy material, I would probably use a commercial stabilizer.

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