Solufleece is a non-woven, water soluble embroidery stabiliser for use in hand or machine embroidery. Designed to be washed away at cold to warm temperatures between 25°- 30°C, leaving no trace on the embroidered fabric. This makes Solufleece ideal for embroidery on exceptionally fine fabrics or for use with techniques such as free-standing lace embroidery and creative embroidery free machine lace or braid.
On exceptionally fine fabrics it is best to trap the fabric between two layers of Solufleece for stitching. For free standing lace to achieve for best results with a very clean edge use two layers of Solufleece. The Solufleece then simply washes away.
Solufleece is used in combination with Bondaweb® for the ‘CRASH’ technique to give a ‘scrunched’ or ‘smocked’ effect to fabric and stabilise permanently.
• can be use as a stabiliser for hand or machine embroidery
• washes out in both cold and warm water
• particularly good stabilising properties and ease of use
• versatile application, e.g. for free standing lace embroidery, freehand machine work appliqués and free-standing motifs.
• for creating ground fabric and collages using a "sandwich technique"
• perfect sewing aid for mini quilts.
How to use:
For hand or machine embroidery on fabric, place Solufleece under the fabric to be embroidered, hoop the Solufleece and fabric together stitch out the embroidery motif.
For lace effects, hoop the Solufleece without fabric and embroider the motif directly onto the Solufleece.
Then simply wash out the Solufleece.
For ground fabrics or collages the ‘sandwich’ technique; lay the Solufleece down, arrange the fabrics (fabric pieces, yarns, ribbons, lacing, etc.), cover with Solufleece, and sew all layers together, either in a grid or criss-cross pattern. Wash out the Solufleece.
Important: Do not iron or tear off!
1. Place two layers of Bondaweb® (paper removed) on the wrong side of the fabric. DO NOT iron the Bondaweb on. Then, put one layer of Solufleece on it.
2. Stitch the four layers in parallel lines (about a distance of about 1 cm apart) or irregular patterns such as criss-cross or grids. A uniform smock effect is achieved by sewing with even sewing lines. Sewing the fabric in a criss-cross or random way, will create an irregular smocking effect The stitch type can also be varied, to create different effects, try straight stitch, zig-zag or built in stitch patterns.
3. Place the steam-iron on the highest setting and steam the Solufleece by hovering the iron just above the Solufleece. DO NOT IRON. The Solufleece will contract, gathering the fabric and generating the smock effect. Turn the sandwich over and hover the iron just above the fabric to contract further.
4. Repeat this process 2-3 times on each side. When the fabric stops shrinking the process is finished. The size of the smocking is determined by how much the fabric is tucked in.
5. Cool the fabric after Crashing for a minimum of 1 hour.
6. Wash the Solufleece out this may take several rinses, then air dry.
6. The Bondaweb® holds the fabric work permanently in the desired crashed condition.