Sometimes we want to stitch on dark or thick fabric like felt, jeans, velvet, t-shirts, caps and other clothes and accessories. But you can't see through it even with a strong source of light. In such cases you can use water-soluble materials. It can be a regular stabilizer for sewing (water-soluble one), Magic paper from DMC or Sulky Stick'n Stitch, or water-soluble film from Madeira.
You can transfer pattern to water soluble stabiliser (you can easily see through it without any light) and then just put on top of your fabric to stitch. Just use the same size as your fabric is to put them both in the hoop so it will not move while you are stitching. It will also prevent fabric from stretching if you want to stitch on t-shirt or other clothes. Then when you finished your embroidery just cut off the stabilizer around it and wash away all the rest.
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The best part is that you can print the design using your printer (if you have a printer, but if don't have any printer so you can transfer it by hand using any light method). It’s ideal for you if you have shaking hands or you are not good in drawing. You can print an embroidery design onto this paper and then just stick it onto fabric. And voila! No hand drawing needed ✍️ This magic paper is water-soluble so you can wash it away once your embroidery is done. There are other brands of such paper, I know that those 3 are good.
Here is a video tutorial about how to use it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFiPfM7ISig
Where to buy:
DMC Magic Paper https://amzn.to/3xSYyoL
Sulky Stick'n Stitch https://amzn.to/2L2rVko
Sulky Paper Solvy https://amzn.to/3taJ2Sd
You may find it in Europe. It’s easy to draw on it using any pen and it’s easy to remove. It’s not sticky so your needle will not become sticky too during stitching.
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Wash with care. When washing be gentle and don’t be afraid to let some of the soluble fabric residues remain. It will act like a glue and help seal in your stitches.
Never give up! Soluble stabilizer can be a tricky fabric to handle, don’t be disheartened if it doesn’t work out first time. Keep at it and you’ll soon learn how to use the fabric to its best.