As often as possible, fabric and stabilizer should be hooped together. This give the best stability to the fabric and will create the best result. However, there are times when an item cannot be hooped. This may be because of the shape of the item, or the location where the embroidery will be placed on the item.
When an item cannot be hooped, we will use a float method. This is also sometimes called hoopless or unhooped embroidery. There are three float methods to choose from: a “peel and stick” method, a “wet and stick” method, or a “spray and stick” method.
Some types of items that may be unhoopable, include bags, baby items, linens, or other ready-made items. Ready-made clothing should be hooped when possible, but some areas, like hems and collars, cannot be hooped.
Peel and Stick Method
The most popular method to hoop and unhoopable item is to use a paper-backed adhesive stabilizer. This method is quick and easy. Paper-backed adhesive stabilizers are sometimes called “pressure sensitive adhesive” stabilizer. This is because the fabric sticks to the adhesive when you press the fabric to it (with pressure, not an iron).
OESD offers three pressure sensitive (sticky) stabilizers: StabilStick Tear Away, Stabil Stick Cut Away, and Aqua Mesh Plus. Choose the type of sticky stabilizer by the type of project – StabilStick Tear Away for Wovens, StabilStick Cut Away for knits or heavy designs, and AquaMesh plus for sheer projects or projects where all the stabilizer must be removed.
To use a paper-backed adhesive stabilizer, hoop the stabilizer alone with the paper backing side up. The paper side is the smoother/shinier side of the stabilizer. The stabilizer side will be facing the back.
Next, score the paper backing only with a pin and peel away the paper backing, exposing the adhesive.
Mark the center of your hoop onto your stabilizer using your hoop’s template. Mark the center point of your design onto your project.
Next, place the item to be embroidered onto the stabilizer, aligning the center point with the mark on the stabilizer, and smooth it into place.
Make sure there is as much contact as possible between the project and the adhesive. The more the fabric can be touching the stabilizer, the better. Use friction to be sure the project is firmly adhered to the stabilizer. This will not make the stabilizer harder to remove.
To remove the stabilizer after embroidery, simply peel it away from the project and then tear, cut, or wash the remainder away, depending on which type of stabilizer you chose.
Spray and Stick MethodThe last method is to use a spray and stick method. With this method, choose any stabilizer that is not already adhesive. This method give you a lot of flexibility, as you can choose the exact weight and type of stabilizer you need for your project. It is also the most economical method.
For this method, as with the other two, hoop your stabilizer by itself. If using a non-adhesive stabilizer, there is not a right or wrong side to the stabilizer. Mark the center of the hoop onto the center of the stabilizer. For in-the-hoop projects, you may not need to mark the hoop, as the design will stitch a placement line for you.
After marking the stabilizer or stitching the placement line, lightly spray the stabilizer within the hoop with a temporary adhesive spray. OESD recommended 505 temporary adhesive spray. This spray is odorless and colorless, and dissipates with air or washes away completely. You may wish to use a piece of cardstock or plastic to guard the hoop itself from getting sprayed with adhesive.
Another Weekend and another project for Gift Ideas!!!
Today we are Honoring the men who sew. Often times we don't talk about it.......
So with regard to home sewing, why are there so few men who do it
(or are public about doing it)?
1. Throughout most of the last century, sewing was taught in high school home economics classes. It was part of a standardized curriculum for girls. Boys took shop. Simply put, sewing was not considered masculine.
2. Nearly every book, old or new, about sewing, is written for a female audience, including the ones written by men. I have never seen a sewing book written exclusively for men who sew (perhaps this could be an untapped niche!). Illustrations are of women’s bodies and discussion of garments focuses on a woman’s wardrobe with a few exceptions (there’s sometimes a chapter tucked in the back about sewing for men and children).
3. The marketing of the sewing industry has traditionally targeted women. This includes everything from sewing machines ads, pattern ads, promotional ads for new fabrics, etc.
What are your thoughts? How do we get more men sewing?
Having fun with sewing,
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I've been sampling some podcasts as
I continue on this sewing journey and
I found a few that really had a lot
of helpful tips, so I decided to bring you
a favorite of mine on Mondays.
Hope you all Enjoy!!!
Modern Sewciety with Stephanie Kendron: Meet the the bloggers in your sewing community with this podcast by passionate sewist Stephanie Kendron. Kendron uses this platform to help sewists like you get to know creative minds like Melody Miller of Cotton + Steel or Andrea Tsang Jackson of 3rd Story Workshop who are behind all of those inspiring sewing blogs and podcasts. Check out this podcast to get to know your crafting community a little bit better!
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