Bonnie is often asked, “How do you keep designs from puckering?” Proper stabilizer and hooping techniques is the simple answer. For example, she always uses a cut away stabilizer on knit fabrics. However, let’s discuss hooping for a moment. Bonnies favorite hooping method is to lightly spray the stabilizer with temporary spray adhesive, lay the fabric on the stabilizer, and hoop both stabilizer and fabric together in the hoop. Make sure your fabric is drum tight. Then, and here’s the best part of her tip, she uses a basting stitch to secure everything together.
FREE Basting Stitches to Download available in DST, EXP, HUS, JEF, PES, VIP and XXX
Some machines have a basting stitch function on them and some software programs have the feature built in. Bonnie has included some free basting files for those of you that don’t have either of the options listed above.
It’s best to use a basting stitch that’s the same size or slightly larger than your design, however, the basting files available here for free download work well too.
FREE Videos to Watch Using Basting Stitches in Designers Gallery Plus, or III
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