|How to make FSL
( Free Standing Lace)
- for our customers who live too far away
to take lessons from a dealer.
A quick way to view a design up close without actually stitching it out is with an editing
software program such as Embird or Buzz Tools...or any digitizing software. Zoom in
close to check for gaps.
At first glance, this design looks like it will
hold up on it's own, doesn't it? But looking
closer, you see parts of the design have
gaps. Gaps are acceptable if this design is
stitched on cloth, but not if you want it to be
Free standing lace designs are digitized
with extra stitches that serve to anchor the
threads, much like fabric would if fabric
were being used.
To illustrate, I stitched a lace design with
some of our burgundy thread...
|Hoop 2 layers of Light WSS by the
1 layer of Heavy WSS by the yard
1 layer of Fabric WSS by the yard
1 layer of Gunold Fabric Solvy
|Your favorite lace design.
|Heirloom cotton thread
(polyester won't shrink)
Bobbins wound with the thread you
If you're not sure about a design, write to the digitizer and ask! Although most
designers should mention right on the design page whether it can be used for FSL.
Once you've chosen your embroidery design, hoop your stabilizer and stitch the design.
After your design has finished, soak your design in warm water and watch the stabilizer
vanish! Dry on a paper towel and you've got a beautiful lace design!
Hint: Adding a layer of organza to your hoop can enable stitching designs that
weren't digitized to be free-standing. These sheer fabrics can be trimmed
away from the lace easily enough. It's time consuming, but worth it if you have
design you simply MUST HAVE!
Use a size 11 needle.
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Comments = Can you use just netting to sew out FSL?
----- Original Answer ----
From: Long Creek Mills
Subject: Re: netting
You will always need some type of WSS along with the netting. The stitches are "registered"
to land in specific places and if there isn't something stable there (a hole is not stable) you'll
end up with distorted lace.
As for the netting, it depends on how closely woven the netting is. If it's like tulle, the holes
are too large to keep FSL together. As soon as you dissolve the WSS away, the lace will
have loose strings hanging from the holes.