A Little Treasure - Should I Or Shouldn't I?

  Hi, Folks,I'm in a bit of a quandary. When I set up this blog, I made it clear to the team here who help me get this to you that I really wanted the blog to focus on projects contributed by the AnnTheGran community. So far, you've all been great with that, and we've seen some gr... [More]

The Perfect Gift - Embroidered Wine Bottle Bags

Tuck a bottle of their favorite beverage inside a festive wrap - no wrapping paper required. Trisch Rosema's embroidered gifts of wine got rave reviews even though they were quick and easy. What a lovely hostess gift one of these custom wine bags would make! Or you could do as Trisch did and mak... [More]

Race Car Themed Quilt for "Big Boy Bed"

Every child's first birthday is exciting and every mother wants to create great memories of the event. This race car themed quilt was created by Gina Martinez to complete her son's graduation to a "Big Boy Bed" and give him a special birthday memory to cherish for years to come.Gen... [More]

Blown Away By Baby Blankets

This project was submitted by Kim Yunkun. I chose to post this one because it is simple but beautiful and any level of embroiderer can do it. Not everyone is an expert, but everyone can share the sense of pride that we all feel when we've accomplished something. Sometimes, when we've been do... [More]

Share Your Creations with our Community!

Our creations are like our babies! The amount of time and care we expend on a cherished project makes those products of our hands and our hearts feel pretty special.You are currently resting your eyes on my new blog. If you don't know what a blog is, don't worry about it. Neither did I until... [More]

Quick Project - Blackwork Placemats

We wanted to create a design collection that you could use to add some classic style to your project whether you are embroidering evening accessories, elegant linens or an heirloom piece. My Blackwork collection is a versatile set of ornamental designs, professionally digitized for beautiful results... [More]
The Best Kept Stabilizer Secret

The Best Kept Stabilizer Secret

You likely do not have this in your stabilizer stash, but it comes in quite handy for a variety of uses - heat-away stabilizer.

I've tried several brands but like the Stitch-N-Heat variety by AllStitch the best. Here are some reasons why:

  • It has a textured side that helps keep it in place when stitching.

  • It is so strong, you can use it when quilting with redwork embroidery. Hoop the heat-away, place the block on top (secured with temporary spray adhesive) and stitch your design. When done, just pull the clear stabilizer away.

  • It is perfect for freestanding applique, like these Memory Hearts - no messy tear-away stabilizer showing around the edges.
  • You don't have to use an iron to remove the stabilizer, it tears away easily. Heat-away stabilizers are typically used for embroidering on items that you do not want to hoop and can't get wet, as you would when removing water-soluble stabilizer.

  • When embroidering on fabrics that you can't hoop, like this ornament, heat-away is a great alternative to water-soluble stabilizer. Add some spray adhesive to hooped heat-away stabilizer and you have a clean surface to support your embroidery.
  • It makes the ideal surface to draw or trace designs you want to use as quilting motifs because you can see through it. Trace your design with a extra-fine permanent marker, pin it to the piece you want to quilt, and stitch along the lines. When you are done, it simply tears away.

Try it. I'm sure you will find many other uses for heat-away stabilizer!

Debbie SewBlest

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