Tips how to embroider lace
Used with water soluble stabilizer - WSS. I use the vilene water soluble stabilizer type Vilene - If the thinner stabizer - two layers. If you use two layers, insert one layer horizontally and the other vertically. Always secure the stabilizer with pins or other means against sliding.
Use a size 11 or 75/11 sharp sewing needle and use 40 wt rayon or polyester thread. For my designs I use the embroidery threads Gunold sulky 40 wt, Isacord or Brother.
Use the same color of the top and bottom threads.
Hoop a layer or two of water soluble stabilizer. My preference for FSL is Vilene.
Use the smallest frame for your design. If you use two layers of stabilizer, both layers must be straight and once you tap the stabilizer, it must sound like drumming.
I always reduce the speed and tension of the thread when embroidering lace.
I recommend adjusting the thread cutting on the embroidery machine for all laces. I have set the cut length to 10 mm and higher.
And now we can embroider.
Once complete, remove from hoop and trim away the stabilizer from the embroidery.
Rinse the lace under warm water to remove the remainder of the stabilizer. If you want the lace to be on the stiff side, don’t wash all the stabilizer out. Put the lace down and make a fist. If your hand feels tacky when you open your fist, rinse some more.For designs such as baby booties and baby bonnet, I recommend inserting parts into the fabric softener after removing the stabilizer. The lace will be beautifully soft.
After removing the stabilizer, insert the lace between the two layers of the towel to expel most moisture and to dry.