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Stabilizers and What They're Used for

Posted by the_sewingshop@yahoo.com on April 2, 2017 at 12:05 AM

Please don't be overwhelmed with the list below! We are going to share all of the different stabilizers available, but first we will tell you what we use on a regular basis and they'll be bolded below. We use these four different stabilizers on a daily basis: medium tearaway, medium cutaway, no show cutaway, and water soluble topping.

TEARAWAY - used as a stabilizer for items you will see the back of

  • Light Firm Tearaway: Used for low density stitch counts on stable fabrics. Since it is a traditional firm tearaway, it's crisp and easy to tear away and will tear neatly around the edge of the stitched area.
  • Medium Firm Tearaway: Used for light to medium stitch densities on stabel to semi stable fabrics. Since it is a traditional firm tearaway, it's crisp and easy to tear away and will tear neatly around the edge of the stitched area.
  • Heavy Firm Tearaway: Ideal for medium to heavy stitch counts on stable to semi-stable fabrics. Since it is a traditional firm tearaway, it's crisp and easy to tear away and will tear neatly around the edge of the stitched area.
  • Medium Soft Tearaway: Designed for light to medium stitch counts. A good all-purpose tearaway that is ideal for woven materials . Since it is a soft tearaway, it is more pliable and holds larger stitch counts that traditional firm tearaways.
  • Heavy Soft Tearaway: Ideal for high-density stitch counts on stable fabrics. Since it is a soft tearaway, it is more pliable and holds larger stitch counts that traditional firm tearaways.
  • Tear and Wash: This dissolves in the washing machine. More than one washing may be needed for complete removal. Ideal for towels or linens where the back side of the embroidery is visible.
  • EX Tear Flame Retardant: a medium weight perforated tearaway with a soft feel, making it ideal for use on children's clothes. Tears easily and cleanly.

CUTAWAY - used for anything with stretch, all garments, and items you will not see the back of

  • Light Cutaway: Provides maximum stability. Must be CUT for garments. The light weight is ideal for use on medium to heavy knits with low stitch count.
  • Medium Cutaway: Provides maximum stability. Excellent for medium weight fabrics  and medium stitch counts. Great for fleece, pique knits, and other stretchy fabrics.
  • Heavy Cutaway: Provides maximum stability on heavyweight fabrics such as heavy fleece and jackets. Used for large stitch counts.
  • No Show: Soft, sheer, stable and translucent nylon reinforced backing. Ideal for lightweight, light colored fabrics. No more "ring around the embroidery." Can be used with medium tearaway for added stability.
  • Fusible No Show: translucent mesh, lightweight cutaway stabilizer, which will adhere to your material with a low setting on your iron. Ideal for embroidery on nylon, silks, or other slippery items.

SPECIALTY

  • Water Soluble Topping: plastic topping used on the top side of fabrics sich as terrycloth, velour, loosely knit pique, sweaters, corduroy, fleece, and velvet. It improves the embroidery quality by preventing the stitches from sinking into the fabric. Tears away the excess topping when finished and use a light mist of water to dissolve the remaining topping and rub.
  • Peel'N Stick: An adhesive tearaway stabilizer used for items that won't fit in a standard hoop. No need for spray adhesives.
  • Fuse'N Tear: ideal for knits and stretchy fabrics. Eliminates shifting, sliding, and puckering of material. Excess will tear away when finished with embroidery, while leaving no sticky residue.
  • Sew'N Wash: Soft stable fabric designed to dissolve in water. Ideal for sewing on lace or for "free standing" embroidery.
  • Adhesive Sew'N Wash: soft stabe fabric designed to dissolve in water, with an adhesive on one side. Provides additional atabilization when embroidering on lace or "free standing" embroidery.
  • Fuse So Soft: a lightweight tricot with a permanent fusible on one side. Excellent for quilting when a permanent stabilizer is needd or as a baching behind embroidery for a soft feel against skin (sensitive skin of for children).
  • Fuse'N Stick: One side has a low-melt adhesive activated by a medium setting on an iron while the other contains a pressure sensitive adhesive protected by a paper backing. Ideal for appliques.
  • Sew'N Heat: a clear stabilizer used for fabrics not conducive to moisture such as silk or wool.

Remember, these are just the stabilizers that are available for you, however you do not need to use all of them for success. As before mentioned, we only typically use four of the above options!

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