Printable, self-adhesive, water-soluble stabilizer is a non-woven, dissoluble fabric stabilizer with a pressure-sensitive, semi-adhesive backing.
The quilting designs can be printed directly onto the special stabilizer sheets with your computer's ink-jet printer, which will provide you with a clean, neat line to follow when stitching. There is no tracing involved.
The self-adhesive backing keeps the quilting design from shifting while you quilt.
Since the water-soluble stabilizer needs to be rinsed away when the stitching is completed, you will want to avoid its use on fabrics or projects that can not be washed with water.
You will need
- Printable, self-adhesive, water-dissolvable stabilizer sheets
Two brands that we have used are:
- Exquisite Print~n~Stitch* Adhesive Design Transfer Sheets
- Solvy's Sticky Fabri-Solvy* (also available by the roll)
- Computer with an inkjet printer
Do not use a laser printer
See our tips for printing quilting designs from a PDF design file
5. Stitch your design along the printed lines using your favorite free-motion quilting method.
When finished quilting, carefully cut away and remove as much additional stabilizer from around the stitched lines as possible.
6. The process of removing the remaining stabilizer differs for the two products mentioned in this tutorial:
Pre-test the technique on a scrap piece of the actual fabric that you will be using to make sure you are satisfied with the process and the results after removal.
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