What do you do with leftover water-soluble stabilizer scraps? Make a stiffening spray!
To beef up fabric for no-pucker embroidery, a fabric stiffener is quite useful. Bonnie likes to use Faultless Spray Starch to iron fabric both before and after embroidery. Other options include Best Press and Terrial Magic. You can also use scraps of leftover water-soluble stabilizer (WSS) to make your own.
Sulky has a great recipe for making your own fabric stiffener from leftover WSS, distilled water, and rubbing alcohol. The rubbing alcohol is an option but eliminates having to refrigerate the mixture and makes it last longer.
Any WSS scraps should work, including machine embroidery toppers. Chop them up into small pieces using scissors or a rotary cutter and store them in a zip bag or container until needed. It doesn’t even matter if they dry out because you will add water to dissolve them.
Some people like to add a few drops of essential oils for a bit of fragrance and recommend testing on a sample fabric to ensure there is no staining. Once everything is mixed, add to a spray bottle.
Freestanding lace looking a little limp? You also can use this spray to add new life to existing freestanding lace projects.
Using a stiffener on fabrics makes for more accurate hooping which produces professional-quality embroidery with less wrinkles.
Do you save your leftover WSS bits and pieces? What do you do with them?
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