Thursday, April 26, 2012

problem solvy-d

Psssssttttttt! Hey, come here....ya wanna see something really cool? Check this out....
Have you tried this?:
I did and let me tell you about it. It's kind of a dream come true for embroiderists if you ask me. I have used a similar product in the past but this one is a step up from that in my opinion and you'll see why.

Here is how to use it:
The package I bought came in one large sheet so the first thing I had to do was cut it down to a size that would fit in my printer. The surface is kind of rough - almost like a paper towel - and the back is very slick.

Next I chose a pattern (I picked a little piece from my Stitches Del Sol pattern set). I pulled it up in my computer and lightened it a bit (they suggest in the instructions to print on a 'draft' setting from your printer). It went through just fine. My printer - even though it's nothing fancy by any means - is a real trooper so it had no trouble with this at all.
Next I cut out my design (saved the scraps of course!) and peeled off the backing.
I used a turquoise linen for this project. After ironing it I was ready to stick this baby on.
Ready to stitch!
Way too many hours/days later....
Okay here was the moment of truth. Was I nervous and skeptical? Yes.
There is my hard hard work underwater. The stabilizer sort of just turns to bits then disappears...much like magic.
I could still see bits here and there in those areas that had a lot of stitches so I went in with a paintbrush and swished it a bit to loosen it and that really seemed to help.
Finally I pulled it out and set in on a towel to dry
Once it was dry I went over it with an iron on the backside and I was done!
So...here is what I loved about this product:

It was easy to use, there is no tracing since I can print right from my computer, it also acts as a stabilizer as I stitch so I don't need to use a hoop (I don't usually use hoops anyway actually), no picking and tugging stabilizer out after I'm done stitching.

The only downsides in my opinion are: 1. it's a bit pricey BUT! I got mine on the JoAnn's website where they were having a sale AND offering free shipping so it wasn't too bad, 2. you could not use this on fabrics that cannot be immersed in water. I'm actually not all that crazy about immersing projects in water generally. I always feel like the stitches are never as nice as they were before they were wet. But I think that might be one of those things that only I really notice. And lastly, 3. the backing paper is pretty think so if you did want to trace a pattern rather than print it you might have a hard time seeing through it.

So overall, I recommend this product enthusiastically. It can be a real timesaver which means of course that you have more time for more embroidery projects and that, my friends, is what we're are all looking for, am I right?

8 comments:

Mary Ann said...

Wow...that is really something. I really like the idea that you can use the printer.

grammajudyb said...

I too have used this Solvy product. I like it alot. It works really well on tea towels and the like. They are going to be washed anyway, so what the heck.

Mosaic Magpie said...

Thank you for sharing this with us. I have never used this product before but I will be looking for it and give it a try.
Deb

Seamster said...

I am a novice embroiderer and tried a Solvy sheet once. Loved it! I didn't find the sheets at my local Joann's but did find a roll (8" X 6 yards). I bought it during a recent 1/2 notions sale for $12 w/o tax.

sewa elf said...

Very nice, thanks for sharing.

jen said...

I cannot wait to try this method. I usually print my designs onto fabric but am stuck when it comes to things that won't go in the printer. This opens up so many more options for me. Thanks! :D

Anonymous said...

I use water soluble stabilizers for machine embroidery all the time and when I'm done, I cut away as much as possible and then use the steam on my iron to dissolve the rest. You might try that rather than putting the whole thing in water.

The Prudent Homemaker said...

I embroider on clothing, so it all gets washed.