Start your machine stitching! As you can see from
the thread list, your regular thread will sew first,
with a regular bobbin,
stitching out a double dieline.
Once that’s done, carefully remove the hoop from your
machine (but leave the fabric hooped), and place it over
a cutting surface. Grab your X-acto knife, and cut IN
BETWEEN the dielines. You’re going to cut through both
your fabric and your cutaway stabilizer. That’s OK.
With the cut-out shape removed, slide a piece of
water-soluble stabilizer just smaller than your hoop
underneath the opening, and trace your heart shape. (We
used Vilene, because it's sturdy yet soft and
Remove that stabilizer, and spray generously right up to
the edge of the shape so everything will stay put, but
to the extent that you can, avoid spraying too much
stabilizer on the inside of the shape where it won't be
sticking to any fabric anyway. Then, carefully smooth it onto the
back of your design, lining the opening up with the
traced shape from before. Tape the edges of the
water-soluble stabilizer to the back of your cutaway to
make it extra secure.