You won’t believe it, but I found mesh stabilizer for my machine embroidery projects at the thrift store! My sister Liz (who is an embroidery queen) told me about this secret machine embroidery hack and I didn’t believe it at first, but I’m so glad I visited a thrift store and gave it a try.
I found yards and yards of cut-away mesh stabilizer the FIRST time I went to the thrift store to look for it!
I made a video showing you everything. It will play automatically in the video player on this page. You can watch it on my YouTube Channel here too.
The mesh stabilizer that I found at the thrift store is not the same quality, but it still works WONDERFULLY for all my in the hoop projects including ITH zipper pouches, quilt blocks (like my Perfectly Pieced blocks), snap tab key chains, and more. I was so excited to find it because the rolls of mesh stabilizer can be pricey. I cringe when I use a lot of the expensive kind for a big embroidery hoop and then something goes wrong.
At first I thought I would use my thrift store mesh stabilizer for just my practice projects, but now I use it for everything I want. No one will ever know the difference!
One big difference that you must know is that the mesh stabilizer that I found at the thrift store is NOT heat resistant. I accidentally touched it with my iron when I was pressing an ITH quilt block, and it melted all over my iron. Never fear, my Faultless Iron Cleaner removed all the goo and saved my iron. Please keep that in mind and keep the iron far away from this stabilizer.
Watch the video to learn my machine embroidery sewing hack!
Here are more thrift store themed sewing ideas:
- 5 Hidden Sewing Supplies You Can Find at the Thrift Store
- A new purse with handles from the thrift store.
- Tips for Scouting and Using Second Hand Fabrics
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