If you've ever used water soluble toppers, you know that they don't tear completely away from the stitching, especially in detailed, open areas. Little specs are often left behind. This is a trick that I wanted to share with you. A customer actually told me about it and it's pretty nifty!
Water-soluble toppers are essential to having perfect embroidery stitches on fabrics with a nap, like fleece or towels. Toppers keep stitches from sinking out of sight but can be a nuisance to remove. This is a super easy way to get rid of water-soluble topper when embroidery is done.
Take your water-soluble stabilizer and tear it away as you normally would, from the top. There are still going to be little bits of stabilizer left within the small areas of embroidery design.
Disclaimer: I know I have told you that for the final pressing, I iron my embroidery face down. This technique is just to remove the topper, so it's not really to press my design.
Photos by Debbie Henry
With your design and topper facing up, place a paper towel over the embroidery. Fill an ordinary spray bottle with water. Any spray bottle will work. Spritz the paper towel. You want the paper towel to be damp but not soppy wet.
Use a medium heat (no steam) and press the paper towel until the paper towel is sort of dry but not terribly dry. I know this is not rocket science and there's no clear set of rules, but I would say, oh, anywhere from 10 to 20 seconds.
This is an extreme closeup. The tiny specks of topper are barely visible to the naked eye.
Gently pull back the paper towel and presto change-o just like magic, the water-soluble topper will stick to the paper towel and be removed from all those tiny places without tedious hand picking. If there happens to be a few pieces of topper still showing, spritz the paper towel and press it again. Works like a charm!
It used to be that you'd go in there and really dig and pick topper from the little design areas or throw it in the washing machine. This technique saves you from having to wash, dry, and press your project after the embroidery is finished, especially if it is a gift.
May your day be blessed with perfect stitches and GlitterFlex!!