The best kept secret for transferring printable PDF embroidery patterns! With 12 printable sheets, you’ll be able to save time transferring patterns and get to the fun part - stitching! The Sulky Stick’n Stitch is a stick-on, water soluble stabilizer (see more info below).
- Pack includes 12 printable 8 ½” x 11” Stick’n Stitch sheets
- Can print on laser or ink-jet printer
- Instructions comes with pack
- Free pattern from Sulky included
- Printable, stick-on, water soluble, embroidery stabilizer (see explanation below)
This transferring secret weapon is a printable, stick-on, water soluble embroidery stabilizer (yup, it does a lot!). Here’s a breakdown as to how it works:
Stick’n Stitch 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.
Stick’n Stitch works just like a sticker. After you’ve printed the design to the sheet of Stick’n Stitch, 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.
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 Stick’n Stitch. This method is especially useful if you’re embroidering onto a darker colored fabric.
When you’ve completed your embroidery, remove the Stick’n Stitch by dissolving it in water.
First, trim away the excess Stick’n Stitch 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 Stick’n Stitch dissolve and come off the fabric in small bits. Continue agitating the fabric slightly until all of the Stick’n Stitch is gone. I usually drain the water and fill it up again at least one other time during this process.
Lay the embroidery flat to dry. When the fabric is 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. The fluffy towel helps so that you don’t flatten your stitches - you don’t want any flat French knots! Press the fabric around the edges of the embroidery first, then lightly press the back of the actual stitches.
Your embroidery is now complete.
Stick’n Stitch is a type of embroidery stabilizer as well. An embroidery stabilizer helps keep fabric from moving around as you embroider. Embroidery stabilizers are especially handy when you’re working with stretchy fabric like the knit jersey of a t-shirt.
- Will stitching through this make my needle sticky?
Not typically. If you’re stitching in a warmer area, the sticker part can begin to come off onto your needle, but it is easily removed with water.
- Can you iron on this stabilizer?
You don’t want to use an iron on this stabilizer as it is a sticker and will melt sticky-goo all over your iron and project. Instead, press your fabric first, then stick on the Stick’n Stitch after.
- What other projects could I use this for?
Transferring embroidery patterns, cross stitch patterns, and quilting projects that include a hand-stitched design.
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