Have you tried the sticky water soluble stabilizer?
I often use this type of stabilizer for machine embroidery--I don't have to hoop fabric, just the stabilizer. I wondered if you could use this stabilizer for your templates and eliminate the need for a glue stick?
Good question, Karen, I've wondered the same thing myself. It's on my list of things to test.
I've used the sticky stabilizers for machine embroidery and they work great. I have not used sticky water soluble
My biggest questions about them for this technique are:
- Cost: They are significantly more expensive than Rinsaway. If you can get them at the big box stores like Joann's and then use your 40-50% off coupon, then that helps a lot on price. But I do go through A LOT of stabilizer when I'm working on a project. In fact, I buy the Rinsaway by the bolt.
- Stability of the edge: The edge of the cut shape of the stabilizer must stand up to my manipulations as I turn the seam allowance over it.
Straight edges are, well, pretty straight forward. Curves, especially on smaller pieces, are more touchy and take more 'working' to get nice smooth curvy edges.
When you add the glue stick to the Rinsaway to attach the cut shape to the fabric and then heat set to dry the glue, that dried glue really adds some ummph, some extra stiffness, to the shape and makes turning the seam allowance so much easier. You have something to push against.
I'm not sure if the sticky water soluble stabilizer, on its own, is firm enough for the job. It very well could be that it works well for all but the smallest or curviest of pieces.
Again, excellent question, Karen, one that I hope to be able to answer based on actual results from testing.
Readers, if you've tried stabilizers other than Rinsaway for this technique, please do share your experience and results using the 'comments' link found just below.