Freestanding Lace • Lesson by John | Click here to watch ··· Length 5 min. 53 sec. ··· Beginner


Quality freestanding lace embroidery adds a a tinge of class to any occasion.

The first thing you need to know about freestanding lace is that the the designs shouldn’t be re-sized. If you re-size a freestanding lace design you have the possibility of ruining the integrity of the design so that the stitches no longer lock together perfectly. In this case, when you dissolve away the stabilizer the lace design could fall apart in your hand. The next thing to consider is the tread type that your going to use. I don’t like to use polyester when embroidering free standing lace designs. The reason why is because when you dissolve away the stabilizer it has a tendency to become spongy or wiry and doesn’t lay flat or remain soft the way that a freestanding lace design should. Yet, keep in mind that if you want to put the design directly onto a garment feel free to use a polyester thread as the stabilizer isn’t going to be dissolved away. The thread I like to use for freestanding lace is rayon. Rayon isn’t a synthetic thread so when it sews out, and you dissolve away the stabilizer, those lace pieces are soft and lay flat looking the way a lace design should. The other thing I suggest is to slow your machine speed down. When your machine speed is fast it draws more tension from the bobbin and top thread. The faster the machine the more tension it draws which could potentially ruin the integrity of the design. Again, you risk having the design fall apart after you dissolve away the stabilizer.

If your going to be stitching one of Adorable Ideas' lace designs, you really only need 1 layer of dissolve away stabilizer. The reason why is because our designs were digitized decades ago for the bridal industry and are extremely soft to the feel which means they have a low stitch count. When hooping your stabilizer, make sure it's hooped as tightly as possible when running freestanding lace. This limits the amount of pulling within the stabilizer so if you need to take a screw driver and really tighten the hoop make sure you do so or you could risk the lace design potentially falling apart after you dissolve away the stabilizer. If you've seen our hooping video, it's fine to use a screwdriver here as the stabilizer will dissolve away so there's no point in worrying about hoop burn. Now load your design onto your machine, make sure your machine is set to its' lowest speed, and allow the design to stitch out.

Now that the design's done stitching, cut out the freestanding lace as close as possible to the design itself. Be sure to remove as much excess stabilizer as possible. Once trimmed, use warm water to get rid of all the dissolve away stabilizer. We recommend running the design under a tap with very warm water and working the stabilizer out of the design by hand. For best results, we recommend going the extra step and working the design with a bit of hair conditioner or fabric softener to work out all the excess stabilizer trapped between the stitches. Once thoroughly rinsed, pat the freestanding lace design down with a cloth and let it dry. Enjoy!



By: Elizabeth

This was a great tutorial, it brought up points I had not thought of before. Thank you !


By: Stephanie

Thanks SO MUCH for all the great little tips! Never really thought about how speed might affect tension and mess things up!! Thanks again!



Thanks for the info I\'am going to try them out today.I to didn\'t know about the affect that the speed has on the tension and even in class they must not have known as I made the same thing 3 times and the stitches were still pulling away and they couldn\'t tell me why so I realy do thank you have a great day.Susan Roberts

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