Embroidery spray is a product that is used to temporarily stabilize fabric while embroidering. It is sprayed onto the fabric before embroidering to help hold the fabric in place and prevent it from shifting or puckering during the embroidery process.
There are several brands of embroidery spray available on the market, and they generally work in the same way. To use embroidery spray, you will need to follow these steps:
Lay your fabric out flat on a clean, flat surface.
Hold the embroidery spray can about 6 inches away from the fabric and evenly mist the fabric with the spray.
Allow the spray to dry completely before beginning the embroidery process.
When you are finished embroidering, gently wash the fabric to remove the spray.
It’s important to follow the instructions on the embroidery spray carefully, as some brands may require a different application method. Some embroidery sprays may also need to be ironed onto the fabric to set the spray, so be sure to read the instructions carefully before use.
SPRAY ADHESIVE USE
Spray adhesives are advantageous when stitching small items such as collars, cuffs, socks and any item not easily hooped. The pieces can be easily adhered to the stabilizer, which is
In addition, spray adhesives are great for fabrics that might develop hoop
burn (the mark of the hoop left after hoop removal); securing toppers or
stabilizer to the fabric before hooping;stabilizing stretch fabrics; holding two
or more layers of stabilizers together or adhering appliqué fabrics.
SPRAY STABILIZER USE
Spray stabilizers can be used to stiffen light fabrics. Spray starch, spray sizing
and spray finishes can also be used as alternatives. Always test-apply spray
stabilizers to fabric before beginning a project.
Spray stabilizers hold fabric, both knit and woven, firm during the hooping
process to add weight and support to the fabric, but they must be washed
out completely afterwards. They work for most washable fabrics that need
stability and will also hold cotton, voile, chiffon and other soft fabrics
firm while embroidering.
• Temporary spray adhesives can make any stabilizer sticky. They are good for use on difficult-tohoop items such as towels, heavily napped fabrics and items too small to hoop. Or, they can be used to prevent shifting while hooping and embroidering. Spray on, and then position when the surface is tacky.
They disappear within one to five days without leaving a stain or launder
out leaving no residue. (With some products, using a warm iron will reactivate the glue.)
• Permanent repositionable
spray adhesives can be used or repositioned several times without re-spraying the surface. It does not transfer onto the receiving surface. (It’s similar to a self-adhesive note pad.) Spray on, then wait five minutes and press firmly to join any
two surfaces. Spraying several times in short bursts, rather than one heavy spraying, produces a stronger bond.
• Water-soluble spray stabilizer can be
sprayed on woven, washable fabric from 2″ to 6″ away. Allow to dry or
use a hair dryer to speed drying time. When almost dry but not
sticky, use a dry iron to completely remove moisture and wrinkles and
give a crisp finish. Rinse in lukewarm running water to remove.
• Liquid fabric stabilizers make soft fabrics firm. They come in bottles and should be transferred to pump spray containers. Some need to be diluted; others can be used at
full strength. They are economical and wash out completely. For large areas, immerse the fabric in a container of diluted liquid stabilizer. For small areas, apply with a paintbrush or cotton ball.
Allow to air dry or use a hair dryer to speed up the process. Finish drying by pressing with an iron at the temperature appropriate for the fabric. Avoid pressing when
wet, as the fabric will stick to the press cloth or iron. Remove by rinsing with mild soap in warm to hot water; roll in a towel to remove water and press or air-dry.
• Spray-on fusible web can be used on any stabilizer to make it fusible.
Spray and then wait two to three
minutes until it is no longer tacky.
Use a medium dry iron to adhere
fabric to the sprayed stabilizer.
• Spray cleaning agent is for the removal of adhesive residue. It is not to be used on fabric. It can be used on hoops, needles, frames, plastic, metal, glass, stone and ceramic surfaces. Position the can approximately 10″ from the surface. Spray both the surface
to be cleaned and the cleaning cloth. Allow the solvent to stand for 30 seconds, then wipe off the adhesive. Repeat if there is a heavy
build-up and/or use a brush to speed up the process.
• Fabric protectant spray protectsfabrics from ultraviolet light rays, water, dust and dirt, spills, grease
and oil. It can safely be used on most fabrics, including quilts, fabric covered furniture, upholstery,
bedspreads, cushions, drapes and clothing. While it can be laundered and dry cleaned, reapplication may be necessary for full protection.
• Silicon spray eliminates sticking
while drying fast with no greasy or oily film. It keeps vinyl and other difficult-to-work-with fabrics from sticking to the presser foot and bed of the machine.