Hi Sweet Friends!
Have you maybe been scratching your noggin about the recent chatter of using a *stabilizer* on ornie finishes? I was, so I've been experimenting with stabilizers and wanted to share:)
Before assembling an ornie, iron-on stabilizer (aka fusible) can be applied to the wrong side of the fabby. Using this product stiffens the fabby producing a more flat than round ornie. I prefer the flat look and have been experimenting with a stabilizer/brand name *Pellon*. It comes in different weights from lightweight to heavyweight, found mine at JoAnn Fabrics ($2.50/yard minus coupon = cheap). It's in a special *stabilizer* section and comes on a bolt like any other fabric. Other brand names are available, but *Pellon* was easy to find so that's what I used.
I've used the lightweight and found very little *stiffening* on my fabby. Yesterday I bought Pellon 808 (commonly used to assemble purses/tote bags) and will try that also. Like many times before when experimenting, I've no idea what the success or failure results might be!
In the past, I've cut my stabilizer 1/4 inch shorter than my fabby (assuming a 1/4 inch seam) so the sewing machine needle doesn't have to go through the stabilizer.
Wanna see how stabilizer is used? *Make It Love It* HERE has a post about stabilizers, scroll down a bit.
Hmmm... does anyone know if a stabilizer produces good stiffening results on over-dyed wools?
I'm not suggesting Pellon is the best or only stabilizer out there, so if you've got anything to share on this topic about products, ease of use or in general ~ please let's hear from you!
Thanks ever so much for stopping by:)