When it's all stitched and you've secured the thread ends (stitch them in by hand if necessary) dunk the whole thing in a bowl of luke-warm water (not hot). Swish it about and gently rub with your fingers to remove the film, which will feel slimy. Change the water, leave it to soak for a while - you can control how much of the soluble film washes away. The longer you soak the lace, the more you remove and the softer the final piece will be. Less time, and it'll be more starched in effect.

Lay out on a clean towel to dry. What would you like to do with it? You could insert it into clothing, or make the lace to fit a pattern piece such as a sleeve instead of fabric.

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    Sep 21, 2011, 03.54 AMby mandrych

    Love the easy to understand directions you have given. Nothing is nicer than lace! Thanks for the tutorial, I’m sure a lot of people will feel confident enough to give it a try!

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    Aug 30, 2011, 08.38 PMby broderer

    I did the final stitching of perle thread by machine. Load it on the bobbin, winding on carefully by hand. Load this into the bottom of your sewing machine, but you may have to bypass the tension in the bobbin case, as this thread is usually too thick. Thread normal embroidery thread on the top through the needle. Turn the work upside down, and your thick shiny perle thread will be outlining the top of the work. Just free-hand machine sewing, no zigzag or any fancy settings. The trick with it is to get the tension right so the thread looks as though you’ve couched it down by hand.

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