How to use Sticky Fabri-Solvy for Embroidery
Prepare yourself, because we’re about to share the best-kept secret when it comes to perfectly stitched embroidery. That’s right, today we’re sharing how to use Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy for embroidery! (IYKYKY)
You can create stunning custom pieces – no drawing skills required – by adding this one craft supply to your stash! Not exclusive to embroidery (though that’s our favorite usecase), you can also use Sticky Fabri-Solvy for cross-stitch and needle punch!
HOW TO USE STICKY FABRI-SOLVY FOR EMBROIDERY
First thing’s first — What is Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy (besides a mouthful to say)?
To keep it simple, Sticky Fabri-Solvy is a rinse-away pattern transfer and/or stabilizing paper.
This means that you can print a pattern directly onto it using a laser or ink-jet printer, trace or draw a pattern directly on it with a pencil or fabric pen/pencil, or use it as-is to stabilize your fabric while you’re stitching! Basically, it’s an embroiderer’s best friend.
Sticky Fabri-Solvy works like a sticker. Once you’ve printed, traced, or drawn your desired pattern, cut around the design. Be sure to leave a small margin! This will make the design easier to place + stitch through. Then peel the design from the backing and stick it to your item!
Note: The adhesive isn’t permanent, so you can pull and re-stick if you didn’t get your placement right the first time. That being said, do your best to not shift the design too many times, as this can affect the integrity of the adhesive.
Hoop your fabric, and stitch through the Fabri-Solvy as normal!
Pro Tip: If you stitch for long periods of time, you may find that the warmth of your hands causes the adhesive to transfer to your embroidery needle, making your needle a bit sticky as you stitch. If this happens, you can wipe your needle with a damp cloth, and the adhesive will come right off.
Once you’re done stitching, rinse your piece under warm water, and watch the Fabri-Solvy melt away. It may help to use your thumb to gently agitate the fabric when rinsing.
Carefully squeeze the excess water out of the item. Sandwiching the fabric between two towels can help with this! Then allow the piece to air dry completely.
Embroidery is the perfect skill to pick up for creating custom home decor items or gifts! All you need to learn is one stitch or two (backstitch is our favorite), and a handful of supplies (including Sulky Stick Fabri-Solvy, of course😉). The rest is up to you!
Be sure to tag us @theneonteaparty — we can’t wait to see what you stitch up!
Peace, love & neon,