From improved appliqué to the creation of entirely new fabrics and embellishments, there’s hardly a decorative sewing process that hasn’t benefited from the explosion of new stabilizers recently ignited by the popularity of machine embroidery. Designed to support, or even replace, fabric under the stress of dense and multi-directional machine stitching, stabilizers can be applied in many ways, but are usually used in conjunction with an embroidery hoop to hold fabric as flat and inflexibly as possible. Tear-aways are temporary stabilizers that are easy to remove, but still offer the added stability necessary!
|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|