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    Embroidering free standing lace

    My first attempts at this turned out pretty good, but I am not sure about my thread choice. You are supposed to use cotton thread in the top and bottom. I did that, using Connecting Threads thread. Wow is that stuff linty! I was going merrily along when the machine just would not sew another stitch without breaking the upper thread and making a big bird's nest underneath. In fooling around with taking the hoop on and off the machine, the hoop released the stabilizer and the project was destined for the trash!

    I then tried to sew regular stuff this morning, and I got the same result. Changed needles, thread, cleaned out bobbin case, same result. Finally I looked at the bobbin case itself, and it was nearly welded to the machine. I finally pried it out, and found the gooeyest sticky mess of lint in there! So much lint that it wouldn't let the bobbin case move! Once I cleaned that out, it worked fine.
    So my question is for you who embroider, what thread do you use for free standing lace? I know now to clean out under the bobbin case more often. But a less linty cotton thread would probably work better for these projects and to let my machine work as it should. What kind do you use?

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    Re: Embroidering free standing lace

    What is free standing lace?

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      I use 40wt for the snowflakes. It was Gutermann, but I bought some Aurifil, if I can get my machine back from dd.Sorry your have so much trouble.
      Last edited by Hulamoon; September 9, 2016, 12:04 PM.
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        Originally posted by shirleyknot View Post
        What is free standing lace?
        You sew a lace design on soluable interfacing. Here is the tree I hope to make this year.

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          Re: Embroidering free standing lace

          Originally posted by shirleyknot View Post
          What is free standing lace?
          The embroidery machine they have now will embroider a design on wash-away stabilizer. Once it is all finished you wet it, the stabilizer dissolves and you are left with just the stitching, which can be quite pretty. I've seen some Christmas ornaments, my sister made some coasters and I have a little old fashioned sewing machine that Snippet made a couple years ago as a forum retreat favor. I have the machine hanging in my sewing room, but you could easily sew it on a piece of clothing like a patch
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            #6
            Re: Embroidering free standing lace

            I use Isacord, both top & bottom!

            Any freestanding designs or those with wash away stabilizers, use the same on bottom as the top!
            Happy Quilting!

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              Originally posted by bhaggerty View Post
              I use Isacord, both top & bottom!

              Any freestanding designs or those with wash away stabilizers, use the same on bottom as the top!
              You use stabilizer on the top? I never did that. Maybe I missed something somewhere.lol
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                I use Thread Art, 40wt polyester for the top and bottom, unless the design is white, then I use my prewound bobbins for the bottom, which is 60 or 90 wt, I use both.

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                  Re: Embroidering free standing lace

                  Jean - I have just used Floriani polyester thread and have had good luck with that. Here's a pumpkin I did.
                  FLSPumpkin.jpg
                  Last edited by klgls; September 9, 2016, 12:48 PM.
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                    Re: Embroidering free standing lace

                    Very pretty stuff. Thank you.

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                      I have just used my regular emb. thread with prefilled bobbins. I have Coats and Clark and Madeira mostly with some Gutermann thrown in. I find most of my problems come from thread fraying and breaking. Doesn't seem to matter which brand. I always start with a new needle. Seems to help
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                        Re: Embroidering free standing lace

                        Originally posted by Hulamoon View Post
                        You use stabilizer on the top? I never did that. Maybe I missed something somewhere.lol
                        LOL - no, sorry not clear!
                        The same embroidery thread on top also goes in the bobbin.
                        Isacord has almost no lint.
                        Happy Quilting!

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                          Jean, I use Robsin-Anton embroidery thread on top and pre filled bobbins on the bottom unless it it seen from both sides then I use the same color embroidery thread in the bobbin.
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                            #14
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                            Originally posted by bhaggerty View Post
                            LOL - no, sorry not clear!
                            The same embroidery thread on top also goes in the bobbin.
                            Isacord has almost no lint.
                            Oh good, thanks!
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                              #15
                              Re: Embroidering free standing lace

                              Madeira Cotona might work well.

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