Organza and Tulle – Are they Stabilizers or Fabrics?

The answer is “both” and they are two of the most versatile products you can have in your sewing room.

Organza and tulle are mostly recognised by sewers and couturiers as elegant eveningwear fabrics or under-linings to mount lace or devoré type fabrics upon. The technique of stabilising the outer fabric to an under minimises fabric creep, strengthen seams and gives body to the finished garment but remains relatively invisible and doesn’t change the handle or drape.

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Close up view of heirloom stitching on tulle

The use of organza and tulle in embroidery does exactly the same thing. Sandwiching either between two layers of washaway will give freestanding lace more strength, ensures all the stitches remain regimented after washing, keeps a more consistent shape and generally ensures a longer life to the work.

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A close up view of Organza which is perfect for dimensional embroidery

Organza is a little more opaque in its finish so it can create more of a “modesty” barrier should the embroidery placement be in an awkward area. Tulle, on the other hand, gives the same strength and stability but is almost invisible and allows either skin or a contrast colour to show through the work. Add a layer of Mylar to the tulle and you will get an iridescent reflective quality that is beyond spectacular!

Pressing Matters – A Couturier’s Secrets to Success


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Having a variety of pressing equipment offers a sewer or crafter more versatility during the making of a project. Many sewers were taught to “press as you sew” but the reality of moving from the machine to the iron can seem like much bother when dealing with annoying little tasks.

Having a mini pressing station set up next to the machine allows the stitcher to “do the right thing” without moving from the work station. Quilters often have a flat work surface beside the machine to press seams while piecing, and both garment makers and embroiderers should consider this as well.

An easy solution to your pressing needs could be:

The Echidna Silicone Rubber Embroidery/Pressing Mat is ideal as a hooping surface to prevent movement during hooping. Its heat resistance also makes it a perfect ironing surface. It won’t melt if the iron is left face down on the surface for short periods of time during the preparation of fabric.

Under-pressing while sewing (the method of pressing seams as you construct) makes the finished item easier and quicker to press once completed. The mini 20cm x 20cm mat is also ideal to place an embroidery hoop onto while trimming away or applying appliqué fabric or giving a quick press to flatten a seam during the embroidery process.

Ironing and Pressing Products

We have a wide range of product to help you setup the perfect ironing and pressing station. For more information please visit our website or call us on 1800 000 360.

Choosing a Commercial Heat Press

By Erik Merkley

Why Use a Heat Press?

Whether for hobby or business use, heat presses are the perfect tool for applying flex and flock vinyl or large rhinestone designs. If you’ve struggled with a normal iron to get large vinyl designs to stick or find they peel off after several washes then you will benefit from a heat press.

There are three crucial ingredients to getting a long-lasting vinyl application:

  • Precise timing
  • Even temperature
  • High pressure

While an iron is fine for small designs, it can’t deliver the consistency of temperature over a large design for the right amount of time. Heat presses have specially designed plates which spread the heat evenly, adjustable pressure, solid silicone bases to squeeze the vinyl onto the garment, and electronic control over temperature and timing.

So can I just use an ironing press?

Heat-PressNo! Commercial heat presses are fundamentally different to domestic ironing presses. A domestic press is designed to iron and steam garments flat – hardly a task that needs high precision! There are few reasons they are unsuitable for use with vinyl:

  • Ironing presses have very uneven temperatures over their heating plate, with some areas far too hot and others too cool
  • Even a small amount of steam escaping can destroy a vinyl design
  • The soft foam on the bottom plate great for pressing pants, but it doesn’t allow the force needed to bond vinyl into fabric
  • You have no precise control over the temperature of the press or the time it is use.

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Making the Most of Glow in the Dark Thread

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We’re all familiar with fluorescent dyes like those used in highlighter pens. These dyes look bright because they take in light of a variety of colours and then transmit it back as a single colour. For example, a green highlighter’s ink absorbs the white light which hits it and shines it all back as an intense green colour.

Glow in the dark products take this one step further. They use very clever chemicals which absorb and store the energy from light, then emit it steadily over minutes or even hours. The process has the catchy name of “Phosphorescence”. Usually the light given off is an eerie whitish green glow. Dyes can be added to create other colours, but they won’t be as bright as the whitish green.

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Embroider Buddy Cushion

Introducing the Easy As 1-2-3 Cushion from Embroider Buddy. Easily embroider these cushions by simply opening up the four triangle sides and inserting your hoop inside. You can embroider the front or back in a number of creative and fun ways!

Embroider Buddy Pillows

These Embroider Buddy Cushions (inserts not included) are made using the finest finish, designer colours, elegant material and hidden Velcro making them a perfect addition to your home. Otherwise custom design these cushions to give to friends or family.

Embroider Buddy Cushions

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Echidna Hooping Station

Hoop an Embroider Buddy with Ease using the Small Echidna Hooping Station

How many times have you tried to hoop a small item where the extra parts of fabric get caught up in the hoop, then the entire process ends up in frustration? That’s why every embroiderer needs to add one of these fantastic Hooping Stations to their set of tools!

Here are our step-by-step instructions on how easy it is to hoop an Embroider Buddy plush toy.

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Peggy’s Stitch Eraser

PeggysStitchEraserThis latest incarnation of Peggy’s famous Stitch Eraser includes the Stitch Eraser itself, the detachable power cable/charger, user manual, cleaning solution and cleaning brush. It’s used to remove stitches from embroidery and all types of stitch patterns.

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Watch how easy it is to erase embroidery stitches like never before!

Where to buy

To purchase a Peggy’s Stitch Eraser please call us on 1800 000 360 or visit our online shop.