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3D Layered Lace



Set your creativity free with this unique new embroidery style! Special designs are expertly digitized to hold together on their own, without fabric, to create beautiful freestanding shapes. Follow along to learn how to stitch these incredible designs!




To create your freestanding embroidery, you'll need:

  • Freestanding embroidery design
  • Heavy duty water-soluble stabilizer (such as Vilene or Sulky Ultra Solvy)
  • 40 wt. rayon thread for the embroidery
  • 75/11 sharp sewing needle
  3D Layered Lace



3D Layered Lace  

Freestanding embroidery designs have been digitized for heavy duty water-soluble stabilizer, and after the stabilizer is removes, only beautiful lace remains. There are a few different kinds of water-soluble stabilizer available, and two good choices are Vilene or Solvy Ultra Solvy.

Using a 75/11 sharp sewing needle instead of a standard embroidery needle can also be helpful, because it makes smaller holes in the stabilizer and prevents the lace from being "cut out" as it sews.




As the lace orchid will be seen from both sides, wind a bobbin for every thread color used in the design

  3D Layered Lace



3D Layered Lace  

Then hoop the water soluble stabilizer firmly, making sure it is tight and without wrinkles or puckers.




Load the embroidery design onto the machine, and place the first thread color and matching bobbin into the machine. Then begin to embroider the design.

  3D Layered Lace



3D Layered Lace  

After the first color is finished embroidering, change the bobbin out to match the next thread color.




Continue to embroider the design. Watch the color change sheet, and stop to match the bobbin color to every thread color used in the top needle.

  3D Layered Lace



3D Layered Lace  

Once the embroidery is finished, trim away the extra stabilizer from around the design.




Follow the instructions on the water-soluble stabilizer's packaging to remove the rest. For Vilene, simply soak the lace piece in water for a few moments.

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3D Layered Lace  

Allow the lace piece to air dry, and then press it flat with an iron.




If there are multiple lace pieces in the design, repeat the steps to embroider and finish each one.

  3D Layered Lace






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Suggested designs for this tutorial: 
Soft Petals Rose (Freestanding)_image
Soft Petals Rose (Freestanding) $6.99
1 Available Size:
Machine Embroidery: 3.86"w x 3.86"h
Supple Succulent (Freestanding)_image
Supple Succulent (Freestanding) $6.99
1 Available Size:
Machine Embroidery: 3.90"w x 3.90"h
Radiant Orchid (Freestanding)_image
Radiant Orchid (Freestanding) $5.99
1 Available Size:
Machine Embroidery: 3.43"w x 2.91"h
Winged Machina (Freestanding)_image
Winged Machina (Freestanding) $4.99 - $5.99
3 Available Sizes:
Machine Embroidery: 6.46"w x 4.88"h | 4.88"w x 3.66"h | 3.82"w x 2.91"h | Hand Embroidery
Madagascar Moth Wings (Freestanding)_image
Madagascar Moth Wings (Freestanding) $4.99
2 Available Sizes:
Machine Embroidery: 1.34"w x 2.48"h | 1.10"w x 2.05"h
Monarch Wings (Freestanding)_image
Monarch Wings (Freestanding) $2.99 - $3.99
2 Available Sizes:
Machine Embroidery: 1.14"w x 2.48"h | 0.94"w x 2.01"h
Iridescent Dragonfly Wings (Freestanding)_image
Iridescent Dragonfly Wings (Freestanding) $2.99 - $3.99
2 Available Sizes:
Machine Embroidery: 0.87"w x 2.48"h | 0.71"w x 2.01"h
Beachcomber's Delight (Freestanding)_image
Beachcomber's Delight (Freestanding) $4.99 - $5.99
2 Available Sizes:
Machine Embroidery: 3.86"w x 3.66"h | 3.03"w x 2.87"h | Hand Embroidery
Scalloped Butterfly (Lace)_image
Scalloped Butterfly (Lace) $5.99
2 Available Sizes:
Machine Embroidery: 5.04"w x 3.78"h | 3.90"w x 2.91"h | Hand Embroidery
Gold-Tipped Feather (Freestanding)_image
Gold-Tipped Feather (Freestanding) $3.99 - $5.99
3 Available Sizes:
Machine Embroidery: 4.88"w x 4.84"h | 3.86"w x 3.78"h | 2.83"w x 2.80"h | Hand Embroidery
Patched Rose (Freestanding)_image
Patched Rose (Freestanding) $3.99 - $5.99
3 Available Sizes:
Machine Embroidery: 6.81"w x 4.65"h | 4.53"w x 3.07"h | 3.54"w x 2.17"h | Hand Embroidery