All machine embroidery requires a stabilizer applied to the lower back of the cloth to prevent stretching, waving, pulling and skewing the design. But hooping material can be an irritating challenge. And as soon as the material is hooped correctly you frequently end up with dreaded hoop marks. Don’t hoop the fabric and use a sticky stabilizer and hoop it, not the fabric, and remove frustration and hoop marks.
What is Sticky Stabilizer?
The sticky stabilizer is a machine embroidery stabilizer that has a slightly waxy paper coating, called the ‘release side’, over a self-adhesive, non-woven sticky backing. Some brands have a grid on the release aspect that comes in handy for positioning and marking.
When to Use the Sticky Technique?
The hoop less sticky method works exceptionally on smaller, much less stitch intensive designs and on small areas such as pockets, edges, ribbons, cuffs. In other words, these areas are tough to hoop anyway. The hoop less sticky/float approach is a MACHINE embroidery hooping alternative and finding what works high-quality for you is based on exact ol’ trial and error.
Mastering the Sticky Technique
- Trim the sticky stabilizer to about an inch wider and longer than your hoop.
- Hoop the sticky with the launch aspect up. It ought to be impenetrable in the hoop: Tight, flat and except puckers or bubbles.
- Remove the waxy paper coating from the sticky inside the hoop through first very gently scoring it with something like an X-Acto(R) knife or thread pick, then peeling it off.
- Use your hoop’s grid template to location marks on the stabilizer to come across the straight line core and proper and left edges. Be sure to vicinity your grid gently over the sticky with the bowed facet up. Otherwise the sticky will do its job and take hold of onto your template.
- Now layout your design’s placement on your material or garment, once more marking the straight line core and proper and left edges. Important: Place these marks on the bottom of the fabric.
- Grasp your cloth from the bottom of the marks to make a gentle fold and, lining up the fabric marks with the marks on the sticky, cautiously lay the fabric, backside down, on the sticky.
- Smooth out the fabric, ensuring it is flat and impervious on the sticky all around.
- Now lock the cloth to the phase of the stabilizer that is hanging over the facet of the hoop) just to make sure it does not get caught on something while embroidering. I frequently just pin it however double sticks tape works great, too.
- Mount the hoop onto your laptop and ‘float’ a layer of stabilizer between the embroidery hoop and the needle plate.
- Push the button and embroider it!
- When your actually perfect format is finished, take away the hoop from your computing device and remove the floated stabilizer.
- All you have to do now is slowly peel the embroidered cloth off the sticky.