Making the best use of Water Soluble Stabiliser

Making the best use of Water Soluble Stabiliser


By Lorraine Platten.

 I have noted that many members of the Kreative Kiwi Community have commented on how much water soluble stabiliser they use and the expense involved.


This is intended as a guide only. I use a strong water soluble stabiliser (much heavier than “Solvy”) and not shiny. As I make quilts for charity I do not use a backing when making Kreative Kiwi designs.


I have stitched out the large Panda and taken photos of each step and hopefully my explanations will assist.


Figure 1 - hoop 1 layer of WSS

I hoop one (1) layer of WSS and to achieve two (2) layers I float a layer of tearaway and a large scrap of WSS between the machine and the hoop (you may like to tape the tear-away to the hoop). 


Figure 2 - float 1 layer of tear-away plus scrap of WSS

I then use another layer of scrap WSS on top of the hoop and large enough to cover the design area, the first colour is then stitched. It looks a little bubbled on the WSS here but the next step smooths that.


Figure 3 Stitch first colour to set outline of design.

I use offcuts of wool wadding instead of pellon. Place the white fabric and pellon over the stitch guidelines and stitch colour 2. Then follow the instructions given for the design to finish the section.


Figure 4 - showing the bubbling effect but this can be ignored.
Figure 5 - stitching the white and pellon


Figure 6 - adding the black fabric
Figure 7 - showing the layers of WSS under the design & before properly trimming away


Figure 8 - finished section

Note that the final stitching does not pull away as has been experienced by some members. Do not remove stabiliser from the hoop but gently remove the design.


Figure 9 - close-up of finished section showing a little pull away around each foot.


Figure 10 - finished section just needs a little clean up.


Figure 10 - this is the originally hooped stabiliser.

As the next part of the design is a different shape you can safely add layers of scrap stabiliser by doing the following.


Figure 12 - back side of hoop

Lay a scrap of stabiliser over the “hole” and using masking tape, tape tear-away over that.


Figure 13 - using the same technique as before add stabiliser on top.

This also looks bubbly but, trust me, this is going to work. Follow the instructions to the end and see the result.


Figure 11 


Figure 12 - this one & No.14 show how much scrap is used.


Figure 13 - finished Panda


Figure 14 - wrong side of finished Panda showing the only place I have used tape in the whole exercise.


Figure 18 -This was the original piece of WSS used this can now be used as scrap to start the next project.

PS. Quilt basting spray also can be used to hold the pieces together but I don’t bother.


Figure 15 - These 2 pieces of scrap have been "stuck" together using basting spray.

Hope this helps

Thanks again for sharing Lorraine - this is a very useful (and well written) BLOG

Cheers Heather

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Posted: Tuesday 11 July 2017


  • Don't throw ur smaller scraps away.i save every little peace no matter how tiny in a zip lock bag .I take a spray bottle stuff all the pieces in it add warm or hot water shake it now have starch for added stiffness for gal projects or whatever you make.
    Posted: 2018-02-17 19:22 by Cntrygal    
  • Thanks, Lorraine for some well-described tips to save WSS. I've used a variety of tapes over a hole before & sometimes the tape gets caught into the next design, so I'd recommend wide WSS tape to patch your WSS -- that way it won't matter. If your machine allows you to position your design, you can move the 1st design (& subsequent designs) away from the center, which will conserve even more. I use a fresh piece of WSS or TA underneath (hooped if you like), so there are no edges to get caught & a piece of scrap as you described to float. Moving the design around gives you room to stitch out multiple corners of napkins, coasters, etc - all in one hooping.
    Posted: 2017-11-04 04:34 by Karen Williams    
  • I keep all the scraps and I just wet the edges and stick them together. This works very well and saves me lots of money on the WSS because it is costly and you only get small rolls.
    Posted: 2017-07-22 23:47 by Lucy Evans    
  • Vielen Dank für die Beschreibung. Ich lerne nie aus!
    Posted: 2017-07-22 20:33 by Esther Sommer    
  • Thanks for your very helpful hints.
    Posted: 2017-07-22 12:32 by Dot Michell    
  • This is very well presented, I needed it. Will save me lots of WSS...Thanks for all your work...
    Posted: 2017-07-22 07:57 by Gran    
  • Thank you so much for this well written, detailed blog post on making the most of WSS. I will definitely try this method to conserve my WSS and use my WSS scraps.
    Posted: 2017-07-12 03:35 by Ilana    

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