How to make FSL  
Free Standing Lace)
- for our customers who live too far away
to take lessons from a dealer.
The Basics
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
yard  or
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 embroidery
(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.
LCM 33" Heavy WSS by the yard
A heavy plastic for FSL. Not considered a topping, rather use as a stabilizer or to embroider on lace or other open weave materials, or for freestanding embroidery 33" wide
LCM 39" Light WSS by the yard
Identical to medical
laundry bags.
 A light
plastic topping for FSL.
More flexible than our heavy
WSS.  Use as a stabilizer or
to embroider on lace or
other open weave
materials, or for
"freestanding" embroidery.
39" wide
LCM 60" fabric WSS by the yard
Compare to vilene. Fabric-like medium weight WSS by the yard, 60" wide
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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.
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