Embroidering on Slinky

Slinky, is one of the most difficult fabrics to embroider due to its texture, stretch and weight. With its hills and valleys being so predominate, it can present a challenge for even the most seasoned embroiderer. The Jonny Seww Multi-Purpose Iron-on Stabilizer allows you to embroider it with ease and turn out a professional looking product.

1: Cut your fabric about 1" larger than the pattern piece on all sides. Notch the top and bottom of your fabric on the fold line or the grain-line. Place your design in the desired position and mark the centre of your embroidery design.

2: Place one straight pin on the horizontal line and one on the vertical line.

3: Gently place your fabric wrong side up on the ironing board. Tip: Do not allow the fabric to hang over the ironing board as this will cause distortion.

4: Set your iron to a medium-high to high dry heat.

5: Fold a piece of Stabilizer in half and align the fold lines with the pin lines gloss side down on the fabric. Gently press but do not iron the Stabilizer with your iron in an up-and-down motion onto the fabric until the Stabilizer is adhered. Ironing will cause distortion.

the pins and press with your iron again. Once the Stabilizer has adhered to the fabric, you will be able to use the iron in a normal manner. Tip: Ensure the stabilizer is completely adhered to the fabric. This step is very important

Hoop the fabric and tighten until the fabric and the Stabilizer are taunt as a tambourine. Now, embroider your design.

If the Stabilizer starts to tear away (this occurs when you have a heavy design) just remove the hoop from the machine, leaving the fabric in the hoop. Take a scrap piece of Stabilizer and iron it over the tear without removing the fabric from the hoop.

Some designs may distort the fabric and Stabilizer a bit. Do not be concerned. When you have completed the embroidery, remove the excess stabilizer by gently pushing or pulling your design. The Stabilizer will tear with ease. Tip: Spraying it with water allows for an easier release.

Press your design on the wrong side with a damp cloth to set the threads. Re-cut your pattern to the correct size and complete your garment.

Each embroidery machine has its idiosyncrasies. Test part of your design first to determine if you like the stitching. If you are not happy with it reduce your tension. Some thread changes call for dark colours (black, brown etc). Use black in the bobbin thread for these thread changes. Return to the normal colour for your lighter colours. To obtain a fuller look for your design use rayon thread in your bobbin. The top and bottom threads will be same weight.

Pam Baker