by hennypenny 06 Oct 2010

I am fairly new to machine embroidery.I would like to know what is the best way to stabalize a med weight cotton when doing cross stitch designs. I have some puckering near the completed design.TY


by embroiderymad 13 Oct 2010

Welcome to Cute good luck with your cross stitch.

by airyfairy 13 Oct 2010

Welcome to Cute. You have been given so much information to digest. I will leave it to the experts here at Cuties.

by bevgrift 13 Oct 2010

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Answers (14)sort by: | | by sewmom 14 Jun 2010 +2I was just in my local sewing machine store and they gave me a free Floriani DVD called Stabilizing Solutions and a link to a Stabilizer Workbook that's free online.
Lots of great information.

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by rwalden 18 Jun 2010
Thanks for sharing..good information.

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by eastwitch2 18 Jun 2010 +2There is a very good chart on what stabilizers to use on what type of fabric you want to user at Diamond Threadworks.

It covers just about any fabric you may stitch on.
Here is the link to it.

You can print it off if you like.


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by lbrow 14 Jun 2010 +1welcome to the cute family dibbles. Looks as though you got lots of advice about stabilizer so hope you have what you need. *

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by mary51 14 Jun 2010 +1Welcome!!!! I see you have good responses, for towel I use sticky stabilizer on the bottom and stabilizer topping, for sheer fabrics WSS is the best, for Knitting Fabric I like the Iron on Stabilizer this way the fabric will not streched. In reality I use the Iron on more that any other and the sticky one in hard to hoop fabrics, thou I have the magna hoop but the embroidery area is limited.

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by shirlener88 14 Jun 2010 +2I see you have some great answers - so I will leave you with a flower - *4U

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by psssst 14 Jun 2010 +3Welcome and Here are a few links that I have found to be very helpful

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by leenova54 13 Jun 2010 +6Just wanted to add a thank you for asking the question! I am new to this also (machine was a Christmas gift) and I never am sure what to use. I have printed out the guide!

by haydebug 14 Jun 2010
Welcome to Cuties Also!

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by haydebug 14 Jun 2010 +4Welcome to Cuties!

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by rwalden 13 Jun 2010 +3Welcome to cute. On towels I always use two layers of stabilizer on bottom and a layer of WSS on top. Better to be safe than sorry.

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by designgirl 13 Jun 2010 +5Welcome to Cute.

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by 02kar 13 Jun 2010 +5I also use water soluable stabilizer for organza and tulle and when I am making lace or doing towels. Do check out the website that nanniesara suggested. I printed out articles like that to keep and refer to when I need to. I promise that all this information that is overwheming now will begin to make sense. Just dive in, do lots of test stitching (don't hesitate to mark on the fabric what stabiizer you used), etc so you can refer back to it. And ask questions. Also if you check out the tutorials that you see at the long list on the right. There are articles that will be helpful. And welcome.

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by sorval 13 Jun 2010 +5i use for organza WWS i use also WWS for FSL designs
its wash a way
hugs Sonja

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by nhsmith55 13 Jun 2010 +5Welcome to Cute!
Stabilizers are always a question for me, too.

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by nanniesara 13 Jun 2010 +6Here is a guide on cute just click on the url and it will take you to it. you will find it at the bottom of the column you can copy and paste to save to your documents. This is a great place to learn you will see. Good Luck.

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by jayce 06 Oct 2010

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by bevgrift 06 Oct 2010

Welcome to Cute.
If you place an extre sheet of whatever stabilizer that you are using, under the hoop (float) it will surely help this problem.
From Bev

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by keeponsewing 06 Oct 2010

Welcome. I see you have the answer. Just want to welcome you.

by shirlener88 06 Oct 2010

here are some free basting files:

by shirlener88 06 Oct 2010

A basting stitch around the outside of the design tacking down your WSS topping - can be very helpful to keep your thread on the top and prevent puckering.

by leenova54 06 Oct 2010

Welcome to cute and to machine embroidery, you will love both!

by queenofhearts 06 Oct 2010

DesignsBySick has an article on their newsletter about how to embroider cross stitch designs that was very informative. Here it is.
I have always loved the look of cross stitch. I tried stitching a simple design by hand many many years ago and needless to say it was never finished as I messed the count up and I was not going to remove half the stitches to fix it. So I decided hand cross stitch was just not one of my things, but now with machine embroidery it is so easy and fast to finish a project using cross stitch.
I have been digitizing quite a bit of cross stitch lately and thought that I would share some info on stitching it as a lot of people see a cross stitch design and just love it. But, when they stitch it out, it turns out terrible and in most cases they think it’s the design, because in most cases the outline does not line up or something along those lines. The sad thing is they probably never try doing another one.
In most cases it’s something they didn’t do. What I mean by this is, Cross Stitch is in no way treated like regular fill type designs. They are in a category all to themselves like Free Standing Lace. When you take the time to set up the fabric in the right manner your cross stitch will turn out wonderful.
Normally when you get your machine and go to classes and the stabilizers are explained in a general way, which in most cases pertain to fill type designs. For example, if the fabric is a very stable fabric (like cotton) you can use a tear-away with the fabric and it stitches fine. With Cross Stitch this is not the case. First, the type of fabric you will be using is not always going to be the determining factor for what kind of stabilizer to use. You can stitch cross stitch on just about anything, the secret is stabilize – stabilize – stabilize!!!! Cross Stitch has no underlay to support the stitches and what makes it even more difficult is the stitches are not really joined together; they are stitched but they do not run together or cross over each other. The stitches are almost independent of each other and this is why it is so important to stabilize your fabric properly if you want the design to stitch out nicely.
In my years of digitizing and stitching cross stitch, I have found that there is really only one type of stabilizer to use under my fabric and that is cut-away. I also use a the temp KK2000 spray on the stabilizer then press it to the back of the fabric. On the top, I use the water soluble stabilizer, and then I hoop it all together. I use the water soluble on top of most all the different fabrics I use. There are a few you may not need it for and the best way to determine this is to do a sample stitch-out first. All fabric has a grain of some type and Cross Stitch was originally designed to be stitched on Adia so the cross stands up. Depending on the grain of the fabric, you may lose some of your stitches if you don’t have something to keep them floating on top of the fabric. With this method, your stitches will be kept in place and when it you stitch color changes and outlines they stitch out the way they were intended.

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claudenicolas by claudenicolas 06 Oct 2010

Thank you for those explainations very useful

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