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    Question Stabilizers for FSL

    I would like to know if you prefer the fabric type stabilizer for FSL or the plastic film type. I have heard so many different opinions and I'm so undecided on what to buy. I did try a design with the fil type (the thick one) and it didn't work out too well. I'm thinking of buying Vilene and trying it.

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    I haven't done any FSL, but I have seen that Vilene is the preferred stabilizer.

    DBS has their own brand of stabilizers, now and one of them is very like Vilene - I think it's the same product with different packaging. Check out the "Washaway Fibrous" type of stabilizer on this page:
    http://www.designsbysick.com/backings.php

    Their prices are really good.
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    I have several types of WSS. I have a badgemaster that is a thick plastic. I have another that I bought at the fabric store and it is very thin. When I use that I need to do several layers. I also have the fabric type.

    For the FSL I like both the thick plastic and the fabric type.

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    I use the fabric type - H2gone - in 2 layers going opposite directions from each other. alicembroidery

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    I use the Vilene type and only 1 layer - never had problems with that!
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    Great question. I was wondering the same thing.
    I haven't tried FSL yet but I'd like to.

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    I have a thick clear one which I use for freestanding lace and never have a problem.
    what problem did you have?
    Was it the design or the stablizer?
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    For FSL I do the same as Alice - two layers of H2O Gone or something similar. I also use Solvy Ultra. It is a film type that is very heavy. It feels more like vinyl and is a little hazy because it is so thick. I use that for cutwork and insertion lace. It is much more expensive, so I only use it when I have to.

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    I only use Vilene or H20Gone. The plastic type stretches too much for my use. The fabrice type WSS works great for me. I have done hundreds of snowflakes and bookmarks. I have not yet tried doilys or bowls. The multiple pieces worry me.

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    tkb6801, do try a bowl or doily - it is fun. What are you worried about? I like embroidering something that actually serves a purpose besides being beautiful.
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