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Water Soluble Stabilizer

Cherrypops | Posted in Machine Embroidery on

A quick question…. I am planning on making patches. turning school logo into one to sew onto library bag. In the emblib info on ‘Making Patches with Applique Shapes’ it says ‘

Hoop a piece of heavy-weight, water-soluble stabilizer. We use Sulky Ultra Solvy.

For this particular project, you’ll need a clear water-soluble stabilizer — not a fibrous water-soluble stabilizer (like Vilene).

What WS do you use?

I use Floriani Tearaway and Cutaway but I haven’t used any WS before. Any ideas on Floriani WS?




  1. Crazy K | | #1

    I use Floriani Wet N Gone for my lace and that works good.  I have used Ultra Solvy and that is o.k........not great tho.  I still prefer the Floriani Wet N Gone.......you cut away most and then soak in water for a few minutes and viola......it's gone leaving the stitches intact.  As a side note:  I use a double layer for my snowflakes.  Not sure that's necessary but I've found it works good for me (the free-standing lace has the needle punches in the same spot over and over and can puncture and then the registration is off.........also have been using Titanium embroidery needles.....size 11 I think.

    Hope this helps you.


    1. Cherrypops | | #2

      Thanks that was quick!

      I'll let Ma know about trying 'double layer' she has just begun doing lace work.



  2. MaryinColorado | | #3

    I am doing school logos for my grandkids on Tshirts, sweatshirts, and a throw, the water soluble wouldn't be strong enough for my purposes.  I'll be hooping an adhesive stabilizer and sticking the knit fabric to that backing.  I'll have to go back and read what they say about this.  On some, I will also be using the water soluble on top of the washable fabric so the stitches don't sink into the fabric.  Enjoy! 

    Maybe you should make yourself something with the school logo as you seem to be the official school seamstress!  Mary

    1. maggiecoops | | #5

      Hi Mary, the water soluble wouldnt be the thing to use on Tees, sweats and throws, the fabric needs the continous assistance of a stabiliser to prevent the designs distorting. Washaways leave the designs vunerable to movement of the fabric they're on, causing distortion because Tees and sweats are usually stretch knits and they do stretch and move around a lot. http://www.embroiderylibraryprojects.com/  scroll down the list till you get to "free Videos" choose "see all videos" when that page opens scroll down to "embroidering on sweat shirts video" now select "click here for written instructions" under the picture of the tutorial, and you get an excellent tutorial on embroidering on Sweat shirts or Tees.  Take a  really good look at the photos of hooped and unhooped stitchouts, they aren't touched up, they are genuine shots of hooped and no hoop methods. They arent knocking the no hoop methods but pointing out that the nature of the fabric doesnt lend itself to the no hoop methods.  Well although I agree I also think there is a good case for not hooping jerseys, but I'm 100% with them regards the stabiliser. You must have it when stitching Tees and Sweats  or fleece. It maintains the integrity of the design as well as preventing unwanted stretching.

      The tutes are all downloadable in PDF format and are excellent aides, if you remember you have them.

      1. MaryinColorado | | #10

        I use the method for knits but in addition to that, I use water soluble on top of the fabric so the stitches don't sink into the knits.  Mary

        1. maggiecoops | | #11

          Hi Mary, i use the solvy or a clear heat away film the same way. If I'm embroidering on velvet it's invaluable otherwise the stitches would be lost in the pile.

    2. Cherrypops | | #6

      Hi there,

      My first thought was to do what you do then i read the emblib site.

      I have the school logo sticker on the back window of the car. The sports shirts have the logo, I could do with a nice new white blouse, mmmm think about that.

      The reason for the library bag - School sells their own navy blue one, Thomas lost his, every other school item has the logo. So I'd give a sew-on patch a go and if the principal likes it, then i'll suggest to logo all the library bags. next step work out price.


      1. MaryinColorado | | #9

        great idea, good luck and I hope it works out well for you.  DH bought himself a new computer so I am trying his old one out so I haven't been online much lately.  Hope all is well.  Mary

  3. maggiecoops | | #4

    Cherrypop, Romeo soluble film is I believe the strongest clear water soluble film there is. http://www.craftmistress.co.uk/  It can be purchased through craft outlets or online. I have been using it since 2003, it doesnt stretch, tear, break up regardless of stitch density. Some of the first examples of FSL were very stitch intensive until the digitisers realised they didnt need to make the designs half a mile thick for it to survive. It doesnt need to be used double or have a finer film fused to it as some clear soluble films do.

    I have tried most other brands but apart from one, which can only be purchased from the manufacturer, non have performed quite as consistently well as Romeo.

    1. Cherrypops | | #7

      Thanks I'll have a look.

      Love to find out what is available overseas.

    2. Cherrypops | | #8

      Had a look, couldn't see if they shipped to Aust. Did a google search and I found that Romeo is available in Australia but not near me,  so I will order online!. Thank you again Mags

      Edited 1/8/2008 6:43 pm by Cherrypops

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