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Trimming away the excess fabric from behind the Flourish embroidery block

Flip the piece over and use a small, sharp pair of straight scissors to remove the excess tear-away stabilizer. While the name implies that tear-away stabilizer can, in fact, be torn away, take the time to trim away the stabilizer with your scissors. This is one of those “theory vs. practice” things, on which I hope you will trust me.


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Better to remove the tear-away with a proper pair of scissors

Now, to lend a bit of authenticity to your heirloom pulled thread project, it is time to clip away the vest back fabric from behind the Flourish embroidery block. Whatever you do, don't cut into the embroidery.  Personally, I find this part of the project is best done after a good night's rest, not in the wee hours of the morning, way past my bedtime.

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Trim the vest fabric from behind the Flourish 4 patch block ...just not too close

Trim away the excess vest back fabric, cutting as close to the wing needle hemstitching as possible, without cutting them, of course. It is not necessary to trim the fabric as closely as you did on the front side. The backside will be lined so it will not show.

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All the vest fabric is gone from behind my Flourish embroidery block


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The finished side of my project

    And a close up…


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See you again when I get the other front side embroidered and put the vest together.

Happy Sewing,

Laura Waterfield

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