Water Soluble Stabilizer has a Variety of Uses
Freestanding Lace. Soluble Vilene is the prefered stabilizer to use for freestanding lace designs. You often only need a single layer to embroider a freestanding lace design or flower. Any design used for freestanding lace needs to be digitized specially so it will not fall apart when you rinse the stabilizer away. Always follow the directions given by the designer as to how many layers of Vilene you need to use. Aqua Film (Extra Weight) is also another option.
Transparent Fabrics. As a stabilizer for transparent fabrics it is perfect. Place a decorative thread in the bobbin as well as the top and hoop both the fabric and the Vilene inside the hoop.
Making Lace with Fabrics. Press or hoop tulle or organza between two layers of water soluble stabilizer, then embroider your lace design and wash away stabilizer and you will be left with delicate embroidered lace.
Heirloom Work. Use Vilene when doing heirloom work with repeat rows of stitching as the stabilizer can be easily rinsed away. No more picking bits of stabilizer from behind the stitching. When stitching heirloom designs using tearaway remove the backing at each strip of stitching rather than wait till a panel has been finished.
Towels. Place Solvy on top of piled fabrics such as towels, polar fleece etc. when embroidering on them. The embroidery design stays above the pile of the fabric, and doesnt get caught up in the pile. The stabilizer can then be easily washed away at the end.
Delicate Fabrics. It can be used under delicate fabrics which could be damaged by tearaway stabilzier. Or where a soft result is wanted.
Make your own Fabric Stiffener. All scraps of Vilene can be kept and dissolved in water to make a paint on, or spray on fabric stiffener for delicate fabrics. Can be used to stiffen organza and lighter weaves of silk to give it a bit more stability when handling. For heirloom work tucks are much easier to do if the fabric is stiffened first. When used like this it washes out really easily and will not damage the fabric or stitching. It does not mark with an iron like some plastic products will do.
Badges and Patches. Use it for making badges or labels so that you do not have to worry about trimming the excess stabilizer from the edges. The badges can just be trimmed close to the stiching and then wiped with a wet cloth. This effectively seals the edges.
Cutwork and Applique. It is ideal for applique and cutwork as there are no traces of stabilizer to remove from the small sections of open work. Use Aqua film (Universal weight) , Soluble Vilene or Rinsaway as a backing for cutwork or when you want all traces of the backing to wash out.
Used in Replacement of Adhesives. Vilene can be used in place of adhesive stabilizer for fabrics that may be damaged by the adhesive. Place the Vilene in the hoop and then tack the fabric in place using a tacking stitch. It will not gum up the needle like some adhesive stabilizers do.
Off-the-Edge Sewing. Vilene creates a stable surface when when stiching off the edge of a fabric for a lace trim etc.
Free Motion Stitching. It has great strength for free motion stitching as a base for your sewing. It can be used for any free motion work but the only dissadvantage is that you cannot see through it. Trace designs on to it using a window as a light box. You can leave some of the stabilizer to stiffen your item by not rinsing all the Vilene away.
Thread Painting. Threadpainting is a form of free machine embroidery where the design is ‘painted’ onto the fabric using various blendable and natural color threads. Heavy duty Dissolve stabilizer is a great base for this.