Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy Embroidery Stabilizer
Twelve (12) 8-1/2" x 11" sheets of Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy printable "Self-Adhesive, Fabric-Like, Water Soluble Stabilizer" with Instructions
What is it?
The best tool to have on hand for embroidering Printable PDF patterns.
I call it my “Transferring Secret Weapon.”
It’s printable, stick-on, water-soluble embroidery stabilizer. (Yes, it’s a mouthful.)
So what is printable, stick-on, water-soluble embroidery stabilizer?
Let’s break it down.
Sticky Fabri-Solvy comes in 8 1/2’’ x 11’’ sheets. The standard size of printer paper (in the USA).
Place a sheet in your printer, and then print the page from the PDF file pattern that has the line-art design on it (not the reversed version of the design). You can use a laser or ink-jet printer. You can also make a copy on a copying machine.
You just print it. No tracing!
Sticky Fabri-Solvy works just like a sticker.
After you’ve printed the design to the Sticky Fabri-Solvy, cut out the design leaving about 2 inches (5 cm) all the way around. Then peel away the paper backing and stick the design onto your fabric.
Being able to stick the design directly onto your fabric is especially useful if you’re embroidering onto a dark colored fabric.
Now you’re ready to embroider.
Place your fabric into your hoop as you normally would. Then stitch your design, stitching through both the fabric and Sticky Fabri-Solvy.
When you’ve completed your embroidery, remove the Sticky Fabri-Solvy by dissolving it in water.
First, trim away the excess Sticky Fabri-Solvy around the edge of the stitches. Fill a bowl or sink with warm water. Place your embroidery in the water and agitate it very gently with your hand. You’ll start to see the Sticky Fabri-Solvy dissolve and come off the fabric in small bits.
Continue agitating the fabric slightly until all of the Sticky Fabri-Solvy is gone. I usually drain the water and fill it up again once during the process.
Lay the embroidery flat to dry.
Once the fabric just about dry, I like to give my embroideries a little press. I do this by placing a fluffy towel onto the ironing board, laying the embroidery face-down on the towel. Press the fabric around the edges of the embroidery first, then lightly press the back of the actual stitches.
The reason for using a fluffy towel and pressing lightly is so that you don’t flatten your stitches. You don’t want any flat French knots.
Your embroidery is now complete.
Sticky Fabri-Solvy is one kind of embroidery stabilizer. An embroidery stabilizer helps keep fabric from moving around as you embroider. Embroidery stabilizers come in especially handy when you’re working with stretchy fabric like the knit jersey of a t-shirt.
And there you have it.
Printable, stick-on, water-soluble embroidery stabilizer.
By using Sticky Fabri-Solvy, you’ve just changed your 45 minute tracing session into about 30 seconds. Print and stick. Awesome!