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« on: August 23, 2004 08:20:17 AM »

Hello ladies and gentlemen,
Let's say you want to embroider a design on some dark colored fabric.  You have an iron on transfer of the design.  But it won't show up.  What to do?  You could try the wax free transfer sheets, or you could do what I did for this purse.
1)Iron on interfacing (it's white) to the back of your dark fabric. 
2) Iron your design onto the interfacing side. 

Now this makes the embroidery process a little bit slower, because your guidelines are on the back rather than the front of your fabric.  And it won't work for anything with words (they'll be mirror image) or anything else that has to point the right direction.  But it sure is easier than tracing and then having the tracy stuff fall off!
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« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2004 11:06:21 AM »

For words/one way designs, couldn't you just iron the design on backwards to the interfacing?  Grin If it's a pre-printed pattern, all you'd have to do is trace it the opposite direction (or scan it and flip it using a program like Paint) and use a transfer pen. ^_^
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« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2004 12:30:06 PM »

Very true - I just meant that if you already had a transfer that said something you couldn't just use it as is.
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« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2004 02:13:33 PM »

Hmmm.  I thought I replied to this but didn't see my post.

Anywho......I trace the pattern onto water solubule stabilizer to embroider on darker fabrics.  I did this Sublime Stitching's patterns for denim.  It is easy and the stabilizer ensures even stitches.
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« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2004 04:23:57 PM »

booglass,

What brand of stabilizer do you use?  There are so many out there, and I'm not clear on which is best for what purpose.

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« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2004 07:30:00 AM »

sulky "solvy" stabilizer will take an iron-on as long as you use a dry iron.

i'm a big fan of this stuff.  it's also the bomb for working on t-shirts.

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« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2004 09:06:11 AM »

Amphi,

Or are we good enough friends now that I can call you girl?  Wink

I use the Sulky water solubule stabilizer.  It is clear and SUPER easy to use.  I can't recommend it enough.  I buy it at JoAnn Fabrics but I would think you can get it at any fabric store.  THen I just trace the design onto the stabilizer with a Sharpie and pop it into a hoop (a hoop is must if using this method).  I orginally tried ironoing on the design but it kept fading and I am a slooooow embroiderer.

Boo
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