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Karen54
« on: February 17, 2010 04:17:12 PM »

Hello, I'm new, so I don't know how to navigate yet to do a "search" for answers.  I am looking for as much information I can find to teach me how to use wash away stabilizers.  I have been a sewer all my life, and for the past 10 years I have been almost exclusively a quilter.  Recently, I saw a scarf, or what I would call a "scarflet", about 1.5 inches wide and approximately 42 - 44 inches long.  I am trying to make one for myself.  Half the "scarflet" (the part that goes around the neck) is made of satin or something like it.  The other half (and this is where the problem arises) is two pieces of tulle sandwiched together. (Using this fabric couldn't be more opposite for the quilter!) The tulle is divided into sections by making a zig-zag-like design down the length of the tulle, then little beads are inserted and then sewn closed. I have been using the softest tulle I can find, and wash away stabilizer to keep the tulle stabilized.  Sulky solvy is only making this project more difficult than I think it should be!  It is supposed to iron and fuse with the tulle sandwiched in between.  I must be doing something terribly wrong because this stuff will not iron together -- so now everything is slipping all over the place!  I have found Pellon Wash-n-Gone on line, but I have seen no instructions for its use and it is sold in 75 foot lengths and very expensive (cheapest is JoAnns for $74 dollars).  I only want to make a few of these "scarflets" for myself and as gifts.  I don't need 75 feet!  Anybody?  I am looking for other ways to do this, or clarification on the right way to use Solvy, or better wash away stabilizers.  (Too wordy? Sorry.) 

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Karen54
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ahopefulmom
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2010 04:07:55 AM »

I think Joann's sells it by the yard, so you get just the yardage you want, it should be withe the other interfacing by the yard.  I have not used, so I'm no help there.  Sounds like a neat project, pics when done, please.
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Karen54
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2010 08:23:40 AM »

Thanks ahopefulmom.  I intend to check Joann's store for cut pieces.  Great advice.  I would be more willing to practice until I get it right if I don't have to spend a lot.  If I end up with something to write home about, I will send in a pic with some instructions if I can.
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CraftingForLullz
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2010 09:07:27 AM »

  Unfortunately I think most wash away stabilizers are not meant for things like tulle. Which in themselves are difficult to iron. You might want to try a brand called Vilene which is an embroidery stabilizer but it's meant for lighter weight things (even lace.)
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« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2010 03:13:28 PM »

I've never used a stabilizer with tulle so I'm not much help there but here's an alternative that might work. If the tulle is so soft it gets caught in the machine, you can layer it with tissue paper on top and underneath then tear the paper away when you're done.
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« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2010 04:53:02 AM »

I've used  Solvy for embroidery, and have never heard that it can be ironed.  What i usually do to get it to stick to something (like the fabric I'm embroidering on, I mist it very, very lightly with water, which causes it to partially dissolve, and stick.  You might try doing this.  You might also try spray baste, with or without the solvy.  Or do what I do with slipper fabrics and pin the cr*p out of it.
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