I was nervous about trying machine embroidery, but I have been lucky to have Pam Olney, good friend and machine embroidery expert, on speed dial. Pam’s expertise was invaluable in writing this article.
“Floating” is a machine embroidery hooping technique that allows you to embroider on fabrics that are too small, might be damaged by the hoop tension (velvet or corduroy are examples) or too bulky to fit between the inner and outer rings of the hoop.
One method is to use a stick-back stabilizer. But when you center machine embroidery with temporary adhesive such as basting spray, you can make almost any stabilizer sticky. Our step-by-step tutorial shows you how to center machine embroidery with temporary adhesive before starting to embroider your project on your machine embroidery machine.
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What is temporary spray adhesive?
Temporary spray adhesive is a way to baste your embroidery fabric to your stabilizer. The fabric can “float” above the stabilizer without attaching the fabric between the inner and outer hoop. Many quilters use basting spray to prepare layers of fabric and batting for quilting.
When should I choose to use temporary spray adhesive for my machine embroidery?
There are several reasons to “float” fabric over the stabilizer with basting spray. The fabric you are planning to embroider may be too small for a hoop. Or a heavy fabric such as denim may not fit between the inner and outer rings of the embroidery hoop. And some fabrics, such as velvet and corduroy, can be damaged by tight hoop tension, leaving permanent marks where the nap is compressed.
What types of fabrics are good to use this method of machine embroidery?
If you are doing machine embroidery on terry cloth or towels, the fabric can be thick and difficult to hoop. By using temporary spray adhesive and floating the fabric can make the project easy. This is perfect for heavy weight fabrics.
What is floating fabric to center machine embroidery with temporary adhesive?
When you float fabric for embroidery, the stabilizer is attached to the fabric with temporary spray adhesive. This is a method of machine embroidery that is ‘hoop-less’. The fabric is placed on top of the hoop instead of in the hoop and the stabilizer is placed under the hoop.
Do I need a different hoop for thick material?
No, the size of the hoop should be related to the dimensions of your embroidery design. For thick fabrics, fabrics with nap like velvet, corduroy or terry cloth, use the floating fabric method with temporary adhesive spray with the right size hoop for the embroidery design.
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