Facebook Email Pinterest Twitter X Instagram Tiktok Icon YouTube Icon Headphones Icon Favorite Navigation Search Icon Forum Search Icon Main Search Icon Close Icon Video Play Icon Indicator Arrow Icon Close Icon Hamburger/Search Icon Plus Icon Arrow Down Icon Video Guide Icon Article Guide Icon Modal Close Icon Guide Search Icon

Conversational Threads

Temporary fusible stabilizer

rekha | Posted in Machine Embroidery on

I cannot find a single stabiliser that meets my requirement of being temporarily fusible.

The coral  fabric in the other thread that I have shown needs to be subdued and I thought of just sewing with dense stiches random designs on the fabric.

Can anyone help?


  1. rodezzy | | #1
    1. rekha | | #2

      Thank you. Have you used any of these?

      1. rodezzy | | #3

        I've used tear away stabilizer with success for satin stitching around applique hearts in a quilt. 

        1. rekha | | #4

          Were the satin stitches on sheer fabric?

          1. rodezzy | | #5


            I was hoping the site helped you to research what stabilizer would be good for your project. 

            Hopefully someone out there on this thread has used some of these products to give you their outcomes. 

  2. User avater
    ThreadKoe | | #6

    Does lining the fabric with some other colour not subdue the fabric enough? Just wondering. I have used several types of stabilizers, including the temporary spray glues, I suspect that what you will want is to use a wash away stabilizer. This can be layered to give you the stiffness for hooping, but simply disappears after washing. The tear aways will leave a residue in areas where there is close stitching that is a pain to pick out, and will show through on sheers. I know that you are pretty particular, and might not want that. I would suggest that you try both and see which you prefer. I checked out the site that was reccomended, and the spray glue I have never used, but might be worth a try. someone with a home embroidery machine would probably be more help. Cathy

    Edited 7/31/2008 2:38 pm ET by ThreadKoe

    1. rekha | | #7

      I just didn't want to spend more money on fabric for this project, although as you say a lining sounds an attractive idea (navy sheer feels excellent).

      what you will want is to use a wash away stabilizer ThreadKoe

      ...site helped you to research ...stabilizer ...for your project  rodezzy


      Yes, I did search and found I could do with Sulky sticky and ordered some.

      I have Solvy wash off 'fabric' and the temporary adhesive spray, but the latter is darned difficult to handle, for me at least, and I am lazy (instant gratification, me).

      I don't have a fancy sewing machine; it has basic stitches, and a satin is the only one I need as far as I can figure out.

      Thanks for coming to Nottingham so quickly

      1. User avater
        ThreadKoe | | #8

        I had to think out a reply or would have answered sooner. I have not used a lot of the stuff that is out there and there is a lot that is new. I always try to use the KISS method- Keep It Simple Silly. I rather thought that a lining or camisol might be easier. not as creative perhaps. I rather like the colour of the garment, why do you want to bring it down? Cathy

        1. rekha | | #9

          why do you want to bring it down?

          It's one of those occasions when I was attracted to the colour, but it is too bright for my age and skin colour.

          After that it has been a monomaniacal obsession to do something to it.

          1. User avater
            ThreadKoe | | #10

            I love to wear bright fuschia. I will never be too "old" to wear it. but I understand if you feel the colour is not right for your skin tone. Cathy

          2. rekha | | #11

            I shall wait for the stabliliser and see what gives.

            The pattern I am practising is just a square which  spirals on the inside to a dot.

          3. User avater
            ThreadKoe | | #12

            That is an interesting pattern. I can't wait to see how it ends up. It is definitely going to be a one of a kind garment when it is done. Cathy

          4. rekha | | #13

            I will try. There are so many paramaters that could kill it.

            In my machine you have to hide the feed dogs with a dedicated cap, which is not flat.

            My shaky  and arthritic hands

            suddenly losing interest

            Other similar things

          5. User avater
            ThreadKoe | | #14

            It is a cute top. I think even if you just did 3 or 5 motifs, an odd number is always better, it would certainly break up the colour. Then possibly the navy camisol or lining underneath would definitely bring down the colour. Then it wouldn't be too hard on the hands. Have you considered machine beading? I saw that on TV the other afternoon. PBS, or maybe even youTube, or some other beading site. I can't remember exactly. It was pretty easy, and is done while the fabric is hooped. Drop the feed dogs as if for free motion embroidery, thread with nylon thread, remove stitch foot. Bring threads to top of fabric, and anchor with a couple of stitches in the same spot. Using seed beads or other beads no bigger than 1/4 inch high (the shank of the needle will break them otherwise), pour a few into the hoop. Using tweezers, maneuver the bead under the needle and using the handwheel, lower the needle slowly into the hole in the bead. Take a few stitches in the bead using the foot pedal. Move the needle over a bit and repeat with another bead. The thread will pull the beads over sideways to the correct position. I am going to do this for a dress I am making. Cathy

          6. rekha | | #15

            This gets better and better.

            I don't have good hands for stringing beads or sequins.

            I will go in to a bead/sequin shop in town and pay a little extra to get the type of strings I may want for this and other projects.

            Thank you so much

          7. User avater
            ThreadKoe | | #17

            You can use sequins as well for this technique. Cathy

          8. rekha | | #20

            OK, I have arranged the motifs as shown in the photos.

            They are one square inch each.

            There seems a lot of tension in asymmetry.

            The motifs in white are what I want to achieve. I have uploaded my practice one only to show the colour.

            Your opinion? Thanks in anticipation

            [ Pl. ignore the kinks and fabric marker]


          9. User avater
            ThreadKoe | | #21

            Sorry to take so long to get back to you, but I have been away to family in Vermont.
            This is my opinion only, something to think about:
            I like the motif. At 1 inch, you would be better with 7 motifs rather than 5.
            I would add a motif higher on the right shoulder, move the one on the right shoulder blade a bit as it is too level with the one on the left shoulder blade. I would add one on the left side, center of garment more towards the underarm. The other option that I prefer, would be to raise the motif on the Right shoulder blade a little, more onto the shoulder, and make the motifs 1 1/2 inches. They would have more impact, and you would have a little more space between the swirls of stitching in your motif, making it easier to stitch, and not as heavy visually. I think with the light airiness of the fabric, the motif also needs to be light and airy. Otherwise, I think you are pretty much bang on. I still really like the colour of the fabric. I wish I had a pic of you in it, to better tell what the colour is like on you, HINT HINT, tee hee :) Cathy

          10. rekha | | #22

            really like the colour of the fabric my daughter commented much the same.

            Somehow I've got it in my head that I have to do something with the fabric; let me get my hair done, beard shaved (just kidding), glasses polished and then I will take a photo to show how it looks

          11. User avater
            ThreadKoe | | #23

            Actually, if you wouldn't mind leaving the glasses off, it helps me determine your colouring better. Thanks, CathyPS, Just had another thought I would throw at you. Rather than spacing the motifs all over the garment, what do you think of putting just a few up around the collar and face area of the garment, or just across the shoulders? The motif pattern is so much like a Greek Key, a few there would draw the attention to the motifs and the colour of them. CathyEdited 8/5/2008 2:03 pm ET by ThreadKoe

            Edited 8/5/2008 2:04 pm ET by ThreadKoe

          12. rekha | | #24

            You and my daughter have obviously been conferring with each other.

            Ash(ima) suggested trims.

            I am confused. (I think we will be reconstructing this garmet till next year)

            I am going to go to town in the next few days and see if I discover something to excite interest.

            This is madness for material from hell worth $3, labour worth $30.

          13. User avater
            ThreadKoe | | #25

            I think it is almost time for the dark drawer treatment for this garment. Put it in a place where you cannot see it for a few days. Try not to think about it. When you are in a good mood, take it out and have another look at it. I think you are just overwhelmed with options right now. Just let them jell for a while, and you will find that the perfect option will present itself. This is fun remember? Cathy

          14. rekha | | #26

            ;) in total agreement

          15. rekha | | #27

            I know I have made it hard work for you. The photo is on my profile - all distorted because the server wants an exact 100 x 150 pixel size.


          16. User avater
            ThreadKoe | | #28

            Nice picture! Your colouring was similar to what I guessed. I think you are going to be fine with the bright coral colour. It is just more vibrant than what you are used to wearing I suspect. Go ahead with embellishing the garment if that is what you wish to do. I would not worry to much about the colour tho. It would look really smart with Navy or Black and would really perk up a basic suit. A bold colour works really well for evening wear. I think you have a really good basic piece in the works there. Cathy

          17. rekha | | #29

            Thank you for the encouragement and confidence building.

            I have just finished the spiral squares and was hoping to go to the art shop in the village to get beads but they are shut till the 27th; I hate going into town.

            The beads will go around the outside edge of the collar to the lower hem, but not including the hem.

            Will post photo when it is all done.

            Thanks again for the encouragement

            Edited 8/11/2008 8:44 am ET by rekha

          18. User avater
            JunkQueen | | #16

            How interesting! I've printed your message out so I can refer to it. That sounds like fun, and for whatever reason, I have some beads here. I am not a beader, so I'm not sure how I came by them. Thank you for this idea.

          19. User avater
            ThreadKoe | | #18

            I am madly trying to remember where I saw this technique so I can credit the person. I am thinking now that it may have been on a beading site. Anyway, you just sew between spots you want to add beads. Another way to play. Cathy

          20. User avater
            JunkQueen | | #19

            Oh, yes. This sounds like a lot of fun. I can hardly wait to try it. Nancy Zieman demonstrated machine ribbon embroidery on her show once, and that was fun, too. Not quite as pretty as the hand work, but not bad overall.

This post is archived.

Threads Insider

Get instant access to hundreds of videos, tutorials, projects, and more.

Start Your Free Trial

Already an Insider? Log in

Conversational Threads

Recent Posts and Replies

  • |
  • |
  • |
  • |
  • |
  • |

Threads Insider Exclusives

View All
View All


Shop the Store

View All
View More