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I used a soluble fabric, rather than the plastic type aquafilm, as stabilizer at the bottom. It washed off much more quickly than the plastic aquasolvy or Juliet or Romeo, and as soluable in either hot or cold water. The hotter, the faster it dissolves. But, do rinse thoroughly. It is called Kathy's Magic Rinse, and sold by Tomorro's Treasures, www.tomorrows-treas.com . I also feel that as it is a mesh that the repeated needle penetrations don't tear into it as easily as do some of the plasticized films. Learned about this from digitizer Alene Snow at Bluebonnet Embroidery Conference.

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Dale Ricklefs 

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Dale included a text file,some of which is copied below.  The entire file will be included with the design for exchange members.

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  The design was done in Generations, using a combination of manual and autofills. Connecting lines were hand punched, and layers of fills were assigned using auto fill settings and adjusting the outlines for smooth fills. The base design was drawn using the Wacom tablet set at a 1 point pen setting in Photoshop. I prefer this setting as with the autodigitizing programs, it reduces the distance between outlines. If you look closely at the understitching, which was not set at compensation, the edges nicely touch each other-- possible with the 1 point line.