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I'm going to be taking an embroidery class designed for crazy quilting. I know, I know, when do I think I'll have time for another time consuming project? Later, of course.

To the question--I'm supposed to bring a rectangle of velveteen backed with "iron on stiffener". The teacher didn't specify one. What would you suggest? I'm going to have to be able to stitch through it by hand but still, it has to do its job.

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Comment by Joan on July 1, 2014 at 8:18am

 I'm doing hand embroidery this summer too!  Tried to find this cause I thought it would work:http://www.sulky.com/stabilizers/stickyfabrisolvy.php

It's a wash away stabilizer that can still take hand stitching.  They also have some that you run through your printer, slap it on your fabric and stitch, then wash out!  Ha!  http://www.sewforless.com/item/Exquisite_Print_N_Stitch_Hand_Embroi...

Keepsake needlearts has one too:  http://www.keepsakeneedlearts.com/productdetail/80519/.htm?utm_sour...

 One of the iron on Pellon products would probably work for a backing, just don't do what I did, I got Pellon 541 wash-n-gone, then got home and realized it wasn't an iron on type and I have to stretch it on the hoop under my work.  Grrr!  Major PIA.  

Have fun in your class!

Comment by Catherine/TX on July 1, 2014 at 8:12am

I have been using a tear away stabilizer with my embroidery machine.  I don't like the stiffness of the stabilizer after embroidering, but have to have it while embroidering.  I was using iron on, which made it a bit more difficult to remove it, but got a suggestion from someone else who does embroidery.  She uses basting spray on her tear away.  I haven't done this yet, but plan on it. 

I hope this helps...good luck with your project!

Comment by B J Elder/WA on July 1, 2014 at 6:14am

Can you contact the teacher and see what she recommends?  Sounds like fun!

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on June 30, 2014 at 5:33pm

Is velveteen stretchy?  It could be you just need a very lightweight stabilizer - like what is used to stabilize t-shirts for t-shirt quilts.  Wish I could be of more help.  Sounds like a fun class.

Comment by Lynne on June 30, 2014 at 4:39pm
Barbara, when I did a few applique's with gold lame, I purchased a fusible that was cotton backed. Worked like a charm, almost like it wasn't there. I purchased it at the quilt store. Might be worth checking out.

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