Quick Tips – How to Use Every Last Scrap of Solvy (WSS)

Sulky Solvy and other film-type water soluble stabilizers have wonderful recycling attributes. I use a lot of this stuff and always place the little leftovers into a glass jar. When the scraps start to add up, I do one of two things with them:

1) I iron small pieces together to make one new larger piece. To do this, I arrange the WSS scraps on parchment paper or a Teflon pressing sheet (you can also use a brown paper grocery bag) so that they all overlap and form a solid shape. I then place parchment paper over the scraps and press for about 8-10 seconds on a wool setting or until the pieces adhere to each other. Allow the parchment paper to cool before touching it.

or
2) I make Solvy soup by mixing the scraps with water. Here is the general recipe.

Ingredients:

About a 1 yard equivalent of WSS scraps
1/2 cup hot distilled water
2-3 tablespoons rubbing alcohol

Directions:

Place WSS scraps and hot water in a glass jar and shake well until dissolved. If the solution is to be stored, add the alcohol and keep the covered jar in your refrigerator.

To apply, dip a sponge brush or small paint brush into the WSS solution and paint onto your fabric. Allow to air dry or use a hair dryer to speed the process. When dry to touch, cover with a press cloth and quickly press with a dry iron to remove any remaining moisture. Stitch as usual and then remove WSS with water (I usually spritz it away).

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N. Rene West
Time Treasured

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5 Comments

  1. Judi W. said,

    June 17, 2007 at 12:07 am

    Solvy soup is a great way to make slippery fabrics quite sewable! If you make it liquid enough you can even mist it on with a spray bottle.

  2. fembellish said,

    June 17, 2007 at 5:50 am

    Thanks for suggesting more great ways to use this solution, Judi. I really like the idea of using a spray bottle.

  3. arlee said,

    June 17, 2007 at 11:19 am

    I hate throwing away *anything*! Great tips!

  4. Marilyn Swartout said,

    December 13, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    VERY HELPFUL INFORMATION

  5. Claudia in Alabama said,

    December 13, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    I had no idea you could iron the pieces together. This is one great idea. I already make solvy soup and place it in spray bottle


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