May 12, 2016

A "Face Palm" Moment...

Brynwood Needleworks - Schmitz' "Snow Day"

When I had my needlework shop (Stitches), I could never conceive of a time when I would use a machine to stitch out an embroidery. Goodness, how times change!

While I still treasure the time I spend doing handwork, it's fun to let Destiny cut my time on a project down to minutes or hours, rather than days, months, or years!

You've watched me complete nine (almost ten) of the Kathy Schmitz' Sweet Stitches embroideries so far. Until now, I've placed each piece of fabric on top of the pattern...onto a light table to trace each design. Until now.

Brynwood Needleworks - Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy

I purchased this stabilizer - Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy - quite a while ago, and then promptly forgot about it. Two weeks ago, my friend, Mary Agnes, showed me an embroidery she was working on and said she "loves this stuff".

Brynwood Needleworks - Schmitz' "Snow Day"on Sticky Fabri-Solvy

These are water soluble sheets that you run through your inkjet printer on the "copier" setting. It prints your design onto the stabilizer, which has a sticky backing. After it comes through the printer, remove the freezer-paper-like backing, adhere it to your ground fabric, and you're ready to stitch. It's that easy.

After you're finished stitching, simply get your piece wet and the stabilizer dissolves away. The only catch is that, if you're stitching outside and it starts to sprinkle, you'd better hightail it inside...and don't spill your glass of water on it either. Your design will melt and you'll have to get out the water soluble marker after the fabric is dry again to retrace the rest of your pattern.

Brynwood Needleworks - Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy Stabilizer Pack
 
As always, I'm uncompensated for my endorsement of this product. If you're interested in purchasing it, you can find it at your local quilt shop...or I will carry it soon on my website.
 
I can't believe I haven't tried this sooner! (That's my "face palm" moment.) Now, I can run each design through the printer and get right to the stitching. Happy Dance!

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Createology said...

I also bought this year's ago and have never used it. If I knew how to print on a printer it certainly would save a ton of time and the tracing is my least favorite part. Great idea dear and thank you for sharing.

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