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What You Need to Know About the 3 Types of Embroidery Sprays

As you delve into the world of machine embroidery, it is only a matter of time until you are faced with the dilemma: to spray or not to spray? Embroidery sprays can be a great tool if used correctly and with the proper know-how. However, if you fail to tread this territory carefully, then you may end up with a sticky, clumpy mess of fabric and thread (and a very unhappy and clogged embroidery machine).

Keep reading for an introductory lesson on the three types of embroidery sprays any crafter needs to know.

A Beginner’s Guide to the 3 Types of Embroidery Sprays

1. Adhesive Spray

This spray is essentially a can full of thin glue, used for making patterns or fabric stick to your project. Adhesive sprays come in handy for anything that traditionally would require pinning, like appliques. However, because pinning is a pain (or downright impossible) with machine embroidery, it simply takes a small amount of spray and a little pressure to make an applique or pattern stick to your fabric.

2. Stabilizer Spray

Your grandma might’ve used starch to make fabrics stiff and cooperative in a hoop, but you have stabilizer spray to make even the silkiest of fabrics stand against the rigors of embroidery! This spray, found as both a liquid spray and an aerosol, will stiffen up light, flowy fabrics long enough to embroider without puckering.

3. Silicone Spray

This spray is used to lubricate embroidery thread that might otherwise catch on the fabric or splinter, causing mayhem in your design. In the past, crafters may have soaked their thread in a silicone solution overnight before feeding it through their machine, but with this spray, you can lubricate your threads right before stitching. However, if you find that you need an excessive amount of lubricant to make your thread run smoothly, then you probably need to upgrade to a higher quality of thread. Don’t let this spray fool you into thinking you can get away with discount embroidery supplies that cut corners in quality.  

Don’t forget, you can always check out our Ultimate Guide to Embroidery Stabilizers if you need help choosing the best stabilizer for your fabric!

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