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Monday, August 6, 2012

Heat and Gone Topping by Floriani -Review and Blueberrys too!

Guest Post by Karin Callander for I Have A Notion

I was so excited when Kelly asked me to look at toppings for her – my first thought was HOT FUDGE!  Closely followed by CARAMEL!  Then BLUEBERRY DRIZZLE!  Then I realized she was talking about stabilizer toppings.  Not quite hot fudge, but still a topic close to my heart

The right stabilizer topping is every bit as important as the bottom stabilizer, and I’m about to show you why.  For years, I’ve used the name brand, water-soluble topping on the top side of my embroidery projects wherever there was a nap to my fabric, or the fabric was textured in any way.  This includes denim, terry cloth, and velour, even some of those home decorator fabrics you can get on sale and make terrific market totes!  And waffle-weave towels.  The topper stabilizer keeps the stitches from sinking into the pile or texture of the fabric, and it allows your embroidery design to pop. 

But, did you ever stop to think about that water-soluble topper?  What happens when it gets washed away, as it undoubtedly will?  Eventually, that topper is gonna disappear, and all your stitches will sink into that texture, as if you had never used the topper in the first place.  So, if that’s what you want, well go for it; you might as well not even waste your time and money on a topper in the first place.  But, I’m pretty sure that’s NOT your intended result.
Heat N Gone by Floriani eliminates that sinking feeling!!  And you know Kelly’s going to bring it to us at the best price possible!!  Heat N Gone.  Let me say that again – Heat N Gone.  Wonder why they call it that?  You’ll know once you use it!

Put a layer of Heat N Gone over your fabric (you can hoop it all together or just pin it in place, whichever is easiest for you), stitch your design, tear away the excess, then gently run your iron over it.  POOF!  Watch it disappear.  I’ve asked the people that know things, “where does it go?”  Well, they don’t know either – they just know it doesn’t gum up your iron, there’s no little pill-balls to remove, and it doesn’t leave a gunky residue on the project you just spent hours on.
Think you will get the same result from water-soluble?  Think again, my friend.
Here’s a sample I stitched out for you. 

The first design, (left) I didn’t use any topping at all.  Notice all the little nubbies poking through?  Yeah, not very pretty, is it?  The topper is used to prevent those nubbies.
The second design (bottom right), I stitched with a water soluble topping, and the third (top right), I stitched using Heat N Gone.  Then I started washing the towel.  I washed and washed and washed it.  I’m pretty sure it’s been washed about 15 times by now.
Now, I’ve got a high-efficiency washer, which means hot is HOT, and spin is something like 3800 (yes, HUNDRED) revolutions per minute.  And look at the difference in how that design is holding up. 
Here’s the one with no topping.  We still have nubbies, just lots more of ‘em:
Here’s the name-brand wash-away; notice the terry cloth is making its way through the design:
And, finally, we have Floriani’s Heat N Gone:
OK, now I have to admit – the stitches aren’t as tight as they originally were, on all 3 designs, and there’s a bit of separation, even on the Floriani design, but that’s not the fault of the topping.  That’s because I used a tear-away stabilizer on the bottom, and for the amount of abuse I’ve heaped on this towel, a cut-away would have been a better choice for a more permanent base.  But, checkout out those leaves – there’s not a nubbie in sight!
Get a roll and decide for yourself, if you don’t believe me (or my pictures!).  I think I’ll go find me some hot fudge!   If you’re one of those unfortunate folks who get migraines from chocolate, you have my sincere sympathies.  And here’s a blueberry drizzle recipe just for you, courtesy of!  (and, yes, I abosolutely DO put this on all my cheesecakes!!)
2 tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. cornstarch
1/4 c. water
1 c. blueberries
1 tbsp. lemon juice
In small saucepan, mix sugar, cornstarch, water, and lemon juice. Cook and stir until thickened. Add blueberries; cook until bubbly. Chill. Spread on top of cheesecake and refrigerate (if you can wait).  Personally, I slice my (still warm) cheesecake, plate it, then pour the sauce over the slice and enjoy it right away.

Written by Karin Callander for IHAN


  1. What a great demonstration on the importance of choosing the right stabilizers. Wow! I never knew there was a difference!

  2. Great post. I love the Heat N Gone stablizer by Floriani. One of my favorite stablizers and definitely a must when doing towels, or fuzzy fabrics that can work their way thru the machine embroidery design.


  3. I haven't used it, but I can see the difference in your photos.

  4. Could you use this stabilizer for hand embroidery? Would it work to trace your design onto the stabilizer, stitch it by hand and then iron away the stabilizer?

  5. Hey Ruth, Karin here...'scuse me, Kelly, for hopping back into your blog, but yes, absolutely Heat N Gone is perfect for hand embroidery and even machine OR hand-quilting.

    As you say, just trace your pattern onto the stabilizer, pin your stabilizer to your project, sew by hand or machine (GREAT trick for those of us that STILL can't do free-motion quilting!!), then iron it away when you're all done. I really do not know where it goes...but it's gone & my iron is NOT gunky. Really.

    Thanks, Kelly, for letting me bop back in!!

  6. Interesting....never gave it much thought, just grabbed what-ever and went with it! Thanks for the blueberry sauce recipe, will add it to my collections.


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