Recently, I’ve been stitching a ton of free-standing embroidery designs on water soluble stabilizer (WSS). The results are stunning but I’m going through a ton of stabilizer! The designs are best stitched on two layers of WSS so of I cut two lengths to fill the hoop, I find I’m wasting about 12″ of stabilizer per hooping. Ugh! Don’t you hate wasting stabilizer?
Now, I keep the stabilizer on the roll and let it sit behind (or under) the machine. I roll out one length to cover the hoop, fold the stabilizer over to create the second layer, then hoop the two layers with the roll extending behind the top/back of the hoop.
On a traditional embroidery machine, i just place the roll over to the side of the machine leaving enough slack to avoid any drag.
On a tubular machine, I pull the excess off to one side and place the roll under the hoop. Again, the key is to unroll enough stabilizer to avoid any drag on the hoop.
After the embroidery is complete, just remove the project from the hoop, slice the stabilizer close to the embroidery and repeat the process.
You have to try this!