To Float Or Not To Float

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Susan Posted: Thu, May 19 2011 8:51 AM

I want my designs to look great everytime.  I have found that when I do designs like Patrick's filp flops that stabilizer makes the design.  I use sticky + stabilizer and adhere it to my fabric, then I hoop the fabric and the stabilizer. I FLOAT a piece of tear away between the hoop and the machine.  The perfect combo for me.

So, do you float?  How do you get the perfect design?

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Patti replied on Thu, May 19 2011 9:13 AM

When I embroider designs, I always float the fabric.  The stabilizer gets hooped, the fabric lays on top and I use the "fix" button on my machine to stitch a rectangle around the design area before I begin the design. 

I've never had any shifting or other issues when I do it this way...



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Patrick replied on Thu, May 19 2011 4:36 PM

This is great info, Susan and Patti! Keep it coming everyone! It's great to hear your tips :)

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Laura replied on Sat, May 21 2011 10:33 PM

I think I do basically what Susan does, but I use a clear washaway stabilizer like Badgemaster on top of the fabric, makes it stand out much nicer I find.

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I FLOAT a piece of tear away between the hoop and the machine.


 I will often use a piece of wash away stabilizer on the top of my fabric if my fabric has a texture like terry cloth, velvet, t shirts as well as underneath. It helps keep the design from sinking into the fibers of the fabric. I haven't floated it though. I usually hoop it all together. Thanks for the info.  

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