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Fabrics 101: Embroidering on Organza

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Free project instructions for Embroidering on Organza


Organza is a woven fabric made from silk, or synthetic material like polyester. Add embroidery to organza to dress up sheer curtains, scarves, dresses, and even suncathchers! Here are some tips and tricks to get great results when embroidering on this light and luxurious fabric.

Project Needs & Notes:

- Polyester organza fabric
- Water-soluble stabilizer (like Vilene or Sulky Ultra Solvy)

Designs featured in this tutorial include:
- H6611, Butterfly Alights
Fabrics 101: Embroidering on Organza

Free project instructions for Embroidering on Organza

We recommend embroidering on polyster organza for best results. Silk organza is dry-clean only, while polyester organza can be hand washed or machine washed using a gentle cycle.

Polyester organza comes in a large array of colors. Since organza is sheer, and most types of stabilizer will show through, hoop the fabric with one piece of heavy weight water soluble stabilizer.

Lay the stabilizer on top of the fabric. Hoop both layers together firmly. Tighten the hand screw on the hoop.

Free project instructions for Embroidering on Organza

Since both sides of the design will be visible, wind a bobbin with the same color thread that is used in the needle.

At each color change, change the bobbin to match the top thread color.

Free project instructions for Embroidering on Organza

Embroider the design.

Choose open, light stitching designs when embroidering on organza. These types of designs allow the fabric to drape beautifully and also let light shine through.

A size 75/11 sharp sewing needle provides best results. The sharp point of the type of needle leaves the smallest holes in the fabric as it sews.

Free project instructions for Embroidering on Organza

After each color sews, remove the hoop but do not unhoop the fabric. Change out the bobbin to match the top thread color.

Free project instructions for Embroidering on Organza

Attach the hoop back onto the machine, and continue sewing the design.

Free project instructions for Embroidering on Organza

When the design has finished, trim away the excess stabilizer.

Free project instructions for Embroidering on Organza

Also, trim any long threads on the backside of the embroidery.

Free project instructions for Embroidering on Organza

Then, soak the fabric in water to remove the remaining stabilizer.

Free project instructions for Embroidering on Organza

Blot the fabric with paper towels and allow it to air dry.

Press the fabric with a pressing cloth on top and an iron set on a low heat setting.

Free project instructions for Embroidering on Organza

Organza is wonderful for a wide variety of projects, including a stunning sheer suncatcher.

Add the fabric to a hand embroidery hoop, add a ribbon hanger, and hang it in a window. Visit the project tutorial and watch the video to see how it's done.

Free project instructions for Embroidering on Organza



 

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