First, let me disclaim this: These are just tips on how to use the different types of stabilizer. Not everyone’s machine or thread is exactly the same, so it may take some time for you to figure out what exactly works for you and your projects. I’m going to go through the basic types of stabilizer: tear away, cut away, and water soluble. I have figured all of this out by trial and e rror in my own projects and what works for me may not work as well for you, and vice versa. I've also asked a Janome Educator and my personal embroidery guru, Danielle Wilkes, for her personal tips and tricks.
- linen-like fabrics,
- and quilting weight cottons.
Here is one of the onesies Danielle has made this summer! You can see how she used the cut away stabilizer and has cut closely around the pattern to keep the stabilizer in place, but to keep it out of the wearer's way:
There will be some instances where an in-the-hoop project will call for cut away. Because the nature of in-the-hoop projects is to stitch over specific spots over and over again as you add fabric and embelishments, sometimes you need an extra sturdy stabilizer to keep the project together while the needle punctures it repeatedly.
Here I used a clear sheet
of water soluble stabilizer on top
of terrycloth washcloths
Water Soluble, or Wash Away, is exactly what it means: it dissolves after being soaked in water for a certain amount of time or sprayed with a mist of water. The amount of time it takes depends on the brand and type, so be sure to read the basic instructions before using it. Many people prefer to use the mist-away rather than the soak-away as it takes less time to be rid of the residue left behind. However, there is no other advantage to the different ways of dissolving.
How do you get the stabilizer to stick to the fabric?
Here at Pink Castle, we prefer to use Web Bond when bonding stabilizer to fabric rather than other spray-type adhesives. Web bond releases an actual web of temporary adhesive that doesn't smell and is acid free. It doesn't release as many toxins into the air when sprayed compared to the other brands..
Sometimes it will be more appropriate to baste the stabilizer the old fashioned way, by stitching it rather than using adhesive.
Also, you may not always want to bind the stabilizer to the fabric before you start stitching out your pattern. It's not an exact science, but when you find your special way of embroidery, your projects will come out beautifully and look store-bought, or even better!
Pink Castle Fabrics carries an assortment of Janome Machines that do embroidery! Be sure to check out our Janome Machines both online and in-store. They range from embroidery only machines such as the Memory Craft 350E and the Memory Craft 400E to combination sewing and embroidery machines like my Memory Craft 9900, the Memory Craft 12000, and the Memory Craft 14000.
Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, or have your own bits of wisdom to share on the subject! E-mail Molly@PinkCastleFabrics.com with any questions. I look forward to hearing from you!