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From: GFranklin
Date: 12-12-2006, 01:04 PM (1 of 5)
I am sure this has been addressed here, but I couldn't figure out a search topic, so here is my question: is there a way to salvage stabilizer. I have lots of pieces that had to be cut for the large hoop and have a hole in the middle. The sides, alone aren't big enough for hooping another project, but they are too big to throw away. Is there a way to use these pieces? Or even to "patch" them and re-hoop?
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From: paroper
Date: 12-13-2006, 12:59 PM (2 of 5)
I'm fairly certain that you can sew some of the cut away stabilizers together. I wouldn't try it with tear aways as each stitch perforates the tear-aways and makes it more likely to "give way" when used. I've heard that you can moisten aqua stabilizers and stitck them together.

I have several widths of stabilzier I do my best to not have much left over by using the narrowest stabilizer I can when I do a project. However, I keep a hanging laundry bag to catch the larger pieces. I use small pieces of film to patch torn film when I am sewing, to cover corners when I get a bit "too" skimpy with the cut...and I use random pieces of tear away to use under a tear away project if the stabilzier starts to tear away too early.

The price of these products is so high that I like to use every scrap I can.

Bernina 200e, Artista V5 Designer Plus, Explorations, Magic Box, Bernina 2000DE & 335 Bernette Serger, Bernina 1530 Sewing Machine, Bernina 1300 DC Overlock (with coverstitch)
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From: Tom Land
Date: 12-13-2006, 07:07 PM (3 of 5)
I don't know of anything except using small pieces of "Sticky" to patch the holes in "Sticky". Hydrostick ought to work the same way. I would also imagine that cut-aways and tear-aways could be patched with pieces of sticky. The important thing to remember is the importance of having the stabilizer hooped and that if the stabilizer isn't very stable it can hardly stabilize the fabric.
Have fun or don't do it, Tom
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From: Andrea62704
Date: 12-14-2006, 12:51 AM (4 of 5)
With my extra stabilizer I save it for craft projects. I recently taught a sewing class where we made Christmas cards. We used scraps of stabilizer on the back of triangle shaped green fabric then sewed on ribbons, bows and sequins to make our trees. Then tore away the excess stabilizer and appliqued our trees to cardstock.

When I repair a shirt where a button may have been torn off and there is very little fabric left for the button to be reattached. I use extra stabilizer on the back to secure the button to. Cut away works best for this. I used to use muslin, but why not use up the stabilizer scraps I have.

On doll clothes or baby clothes you could use a little behind where ever you wanted to embellish the garment. Like if you wanted to add some ribbon or a bow on thin cotton fabric.

In fact if you had long pieces you could cut itno thin strips for pants to put a fancy or decorative stitch along the hem.

I hope these ideas will help get rid of some of your stabilizer scrap stash.
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From: GFranklin
Date: 12-14-2006, 07:03 PM (5 of 5)
Thanks for all the great tips! I had to smile at the idea of using up my scraps--I don't know if that will happen in my lifetime:wink:
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