thanks for asking this - I was wondering too.
Some sites or experts will tell you that floating stabilizer is useless and doesn't help at all. Don't listen to them. I always have better results when I float stabilizers when needed.
Good question, we learn so much on Cuties.
I see you have your answers. Good luck. Sarah.
thanks for asking
When a pattern calls for floating a piece of fabric, batting, stabilizer etc. It can be on top or below the hoop depending on instructions. I usually pin it the stabilizer or tape it to frame to keep it from moving around to much. Usually this is called for in ITH projects. Hope this helps.
Well I knew that I'd get the help I needed on here. I appreciate you all very much. Thanks Susan
You can float (PLACE)a piece of Stabilizer or fabric or mylar whatever the pattern calls for under or on top of the stabilizer in your hoop. Some batting is too thick to hoop so You are told to float it . Hope this helps. Hugs Joyce
Okay, thank you, I'm going to try and get back to my Christmas tree skirts and I noticed the one or two puckered. So I read on something about floating. My designs are very dense.
If a pattern is very dense, you usualy use thicker stabilizer, or float a extra piece under the piece you are using already.
SMburt, sometimes designs will pucker if you use tearaway stabiliser, when you should be using cutaway stabiliser, or if you haven't kept the fabric TAUT in the hoop, which is the problem tearaway stabiliser can cause. Hugs n roses, Meganne
Well, don't keep the fabric too tight in the hoop. If the fabric is stretched or very tight in the hoop, when it is taken out of the hoop, the fabric will spring back resulting in puckers.
Floating means to slip it under the frame. Maybe they call it floating because it is not hooped.
or place it on top, like a piece of wss on top of a towel. I usually wet the corners slightly in the case of wss, or use pins or tape for mylar.
The answers help and I'm anxious to try I really want the Christmas tree skirts to look nice.