You know that the using of stabilizers in machine embroidery is quite important question. All of us are looking for a good high quality stabilizer which helps to make our embroidery process more convenient and simple.
So, what is the main purpose of stabilizers? And how can we use it? What is the tearaway stabilizer and how we can characterize it?
We are going to answer on these entire questions right now. It is not difficult to choose the right type of stabilizer. Once it is worthwhile to comprehend them, then to use the appropriate kind in each specific case.
Stabilizers are different from the usual garments of non-woven fabrics. They have some other characteristics and affect the extensibility of the tissue in the other way.
There are many firms producing stabilizers, and at first, you begin to wander in this insane world of producers. But gradually, the received information fits into a harmonious series, and we realize that there are not so many types of stabilizers.
They are divided into upper and lower.
The main purpose of the upper is to protect stitches from “disappearing” in loose fabric. If you want to embroider on knitwear, velvet, or velour, do not forget to lay the upper stabilizer, this will save the stitches from the “failure”. The lower stabilizers are designed either to stabilize the fabric, or to completely replace it, such as when we embroider laces.
According to their technical characteristics, the stabilizers are divided into: tear away, cut away, wash away and fusible.
They are applied in different situations and for different fabrics. From this wide choice Tear away stabilizers for machine embroidery occupy a special place. They are used to fixing the fabric. Each manufacturer tries to expand the density range to three or even four kinds. Also, these stabilizers prevent the fabric from puckering.
Tear away are used like lower temporary stabilizers. After embroidery, they are removed from the embroidered outline. Depending on the density they are used with different types of fabrics.
They can be either glue or non-glue. If the stabilizer has a glue base, then it won`t be difficult for you to glue the fabric to it with an iron. If the stabilizer does not have glue base, you will need use a special fabric glue stick. This type of stabilizer can cooperate well with most natural fabrics.
General recommendations for using
it can be successfully used on products where the wrong sight of embroidery is visible (towels, blankets, scarves). And also widely used for light opaque fabrics, and for strong dense natural fabrics, such as jeans. It is not recommended using it with knitted fabrics.
Tear-off stabilizers, as a rule, are a paper and can have different thicknesses.
There are a lot of tear away stabilizers producers, which offer to their clients a range of different types. The most popular are Fixier-Stickvlies, Guterman, and Madeira.
Ultra Stable is a particularly durable, adhesive, nonwoven stabilizer, designed to stabilize fabrics when you embroider with a many of stitches and small parts. It is fastened to the fabric by smoothing with a hot iron and can hold for a long time. It is perfect for dense machine embroidery and textile decorations.
Fixier-Stickvlies is used to stabilize machine embroidery, especially on elastic fabrics. It makes possible to accurate embroidery on elastic fabrics and is easily removed after finishing.
For testing our designs we use Madeira`s production stabilizer. They are high quality and perfectly handle with the stabilization of embroidery process.
- Avalon Cotton Soft
- Avalon Cotton Stable
- Avalon Cotton Fix
Stabilizer Avalon Cotton Soft (white and black) is a universal stabilizer for sewing and embroidery machines. It stabilizes the fabric and prevents from puckering during embroidery. It is perfect for machine embroidery and appliqué, making buttonholes, decorative and patchwork. This stabilizer represents a soft non-woven fabric from cotton and does not contain synthetic additives. It is also suitable for children’s clothes, as it has a soft and pleasant structure for sensitive skin.
Take the needed amount of stabilizer and place it under the fabric on which the embroidery will be made (picture 1). Fill in the hoop, the fabric with a stabilizer (picture 2). After embroidering (picture 3), remove the excess edges of the stabilizer (picture 4).
Stabilizer Avalon Cotton Stable in appearance and touch is similar to Cotton Soft, but has on one side an adhesive covering, thanks to which it is glued with the iron to the fabric. Cotton Stable is easily removed. Also, it is perfect for stabilizing embroidery on high-elastic fabrics, for example, t-shirts, jersey, knitted fabric. It is used in the manufacture of buttonholes on elastic fabrics, for applications, embroider computer designs.
Take the needed amount of stabilizer. Place the adhesive side on the underside of the fabric. Press it (picture 1). Mind that the temperature of the iron depends on the type of fabric. After 10-15 seconds, the stabilizer will begin to stick. Fit in the hoop the fabric from the top (picture 2). At the end of the work (picture 3) you should remove the Cotton Stable (picture 4).
Buttonholes: Cotton Stable is indispensable when you are making buttonholes on elastic fabrics. Press as described above, Cotton Stable to the wrong side of the fabric, make the embroidery, remove excess stabilizer.
Stabilizer Cotton Fix is similar to Cotton Soft, but has on one side an adhesive coating protected by a paper base. Used for machine embroidery, as it fixes fabric without hoop. This is relevant for materials on which traces of the hoop remain (velvet, suede). Cotton Fix is also successfully used for patchwork: small parts are fastened to the desired pattern. The stabilizer is ideal for velvet, leather, collars, cuffs, knitted fabrics, jersey, high-elastic fabrics, t-shirts, appliqués, patchwork.
Take the needed amount of stabilizer. Fill the stabilizer in the hoop with the paper base up. Then make a cross-cut with scissors (picture 1). Caution: Make the cut on the paper base, without damaging the blade. Tear off the top paper (picture 2). Put a fabric on the adhesive surface and press (picture 3). After embroidering, carefully separate the embroidery from the fabric as it easily detaches (picture 4).
You have to attentively approach to the choice of a suitable stabilizer. Remember that the wrong stabilizer can damage you embroidering and lead to appearance of some defects.