"Patching the Hole" in My Stabilizer to Do Multiple Embroideries Saved My HTML Tee!comments (5) July 2nd, 2008
Yesterday I had an action adventure (which, I have to admit is not an infrequent thing for me)...I cut my hand while doing dishes. When I got to the emergency room, I paid close attention to how the nice doctor stitched me up—17 stitches in all. Sadly, I didn't learn any cool new tips to share with you for your next sewing project.
When I got home I realized I left my embroidery machine stitching one of my HTML tees...and it didn't go well. Somehow part of the tee had gotten tangled into the embroidery foot, and it was really jammed up. I tried to jiggle the fabric free. It wouldn't budge. Being slightly impaired, I decided to leave it until the next day.
After fighting with my coffee pot, I took a second look at the mess in my embroidery machine. First, I carefully clipped the threads that were holding the fabric around the embroidery foot. Then I took the hoop off the machine. That's when I noticed that using my favorite "patch" method had saved the day...and my tee shirt!
When I do multiples of the same embroidery design, I like to reuse the hooped stabilizer over and over. To accomplish this I don't take the stabilizer out of the hoop to remove the fabric. Instead I carefully cut through the stabilizer, close to the edge of the design, making a hole in the stabilizer. Then I can use 505 Temporary Adhesive Spray to adhere another small piece of stabilizer to patch the hole. Each design that is stitched after the first one embroiders onto the smaller patch of stabilizer, not the one held firmly in the hoop.
I'm so glad that I had used this method to hoop my tee shirt. When the fabric got caught by the embroidery foot, the patch of stabilizer pulled away from the hooped stabilizer, allowing the jammed needle to move to the upper left corner of the hoop without ripping the fabric, popping the hoop, or knocking my machine out of timing!
Next time you're doing lots of the same design, consider patching the hole...Maybe you'll save more than just a little stabilizer!!!