School of Art Fashion Fun & Machine Embroidery Tips

We had a great time in Lakeland, FL this week at our School of Art Fashion Boutique! Thank you to all of you who participated and made this event possible. I can’t wait to do it again next week in Atlanta, Ga. – there are a few seats still open if you want to join us!


Me, Missy Billingsley and Angela Jones setting up for the Lakeland SOAF Boutique!


Kari Mecca demonstrating her Whimsy Stick tools for her “Sewing With Whimsy School” students.


Martha Pullen and Gloria McKinnon signing autographs.


Fun in the classroom!

Do you ever get overwhelmed by all the different types of stabilizers? You aren’t alone – with so many options, it can be challenging to match the right stabilizer with your fabric for the best machine embroidery results. Three of the main categories of stabilizers are cut-away, tear-away and water-soluble. Here’s a quick guide:

Cut-away stabilizer is used for knits and other types of “stretchy” fabrics. It usually comes in different weights (heavy, regular and light) to correspond with the weight of your fabric. When your embroidery design is finished, the stabilizer is then cut away from the embroidery design.

Tear-away stabilizer is used for stable woven fabrics such as cottons and denim. This also comes in different weights to correspond with the weight of your fabric. When your embroidery design is finished, gently tear away the stabilizer from your design. This type of stabilizer is also available as an “iron on” and “sticky back.”

Water-soluble stabilizer is used as a backing for only stable woven fabrics. It can also be used as a “topping” on any type of fabric that has a nap or loop to it, such as corduroy and terry cloth. It is also great for making “free standing” embroidery such as lace. No matter what type of fabric or application you are using this type of stabilizer for, when your embroidery design is finished, simply wash away the stabilizer with water (your fabric must be able to tolerate water).

Want to learn more about machine embroidery and stabilizers? We have DVDs for that! Know Your Stabilizers with Debbie Homer-Hofhines and Machine Embroidery 101 with Pam Mahshie are both wonderful resources for anyone interested in learning about machine embroidery and all the different kinds of stabilizers.

If you’re looking for some great machine embroidery design downloads, be sure to check out the past Internet Embroidery Club designs we’ve released for individual purchase. We have some really lovely designs that are perfect for Spring, like the English Rose Bouquet, Basket Delights, Butterfly Bouquet and more.

Speaking of wonderful machine embroidery designs, be sure to log in to your 2015 Internet Embroidery Club account and download our brand new March designs. These three coordinating designs will be so adorable on your Easter projects!

We pray for the men and women serving our nation in harm’s way and for you.

Much Love to You All & May God Bless,
Kathy McMakin