Embroidery Stabilizers and Fabrics

Embroidery Stabilizers and FabricsMost important notions to keep in mind when choosing textile and stabilizers for different types of embroidery

Machine embroidery is a precise craft, where if wrong component is chosen, the result of the whole work is jeopardized. That is why wise artisans first determine nature of all parts of the needlework (stitching, fabric characteristics, stabilizers etc.). Beautiful ornaments, like flowers, cannot flourish in wrong environment. Bad matching work of textile, interfacing and patterns ruin most of potential masterpieces.

The table, given beneath these paragraphs, should provide sufficient information on fabric and interfacing accommodation, useful both for beginners and advanced masters of needlework. All the data presented there should be taken as a general guide, and not as a strict statute, for there are always minor things only your eyes can detect (proportion of design sickness, or distribution of interference throughout the fabric piece). However, the common part for major of the decision job is still the density of the textile. Only after settling this question, everything else should be thought of. Usually, if the choice is done correctly, there is no need to implement extra layering of different stabilizers, or make any other corrections.

For all the artisans, laboring with soft gold of threads and textile, there is one general rule. In order to accomplish a gorgeous project, there should be chose of quality material at your hands. Stabilizers of all types (cut-away, tear-away, water and fuse-soluble) must be present, and used, if there is need, precisely to their material match.

So, enjoy the most typical matches of stabilizers and material, described below in our chart.

Used for: Best used on: Comes in: Removal:
Cut-away stabilizers Permanent support Knits, loosely wovens Light to heavy weights Not removed, except for cutting away excess
Tear-away stabilizers Temporary support Firmly woven, natural-fiber fabrics Light to heavy weights; fusible and nonfusible Torn away, but not always completely removable, depending on brand and stitch pattern
Heat-away stabilizers Temporary support Nonwashable, delicate fabrics and for off-the-edge stitching techniques Woven sheets, plastic film Completely removable with iron and caution
Wash-away stabilizers Temporary support Delicate, mesh-like, and difficult-to-mark fabrics; also for cutwork and embroidered appliqués Plastic film, paper sheets, brush-on or sprayable liquid Completely removable with water


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