Embroidery Stabilizers

Embroidery Stabilizers

The biggest thing that you need to master
is which stabilizer goes with which fabric. Once you have the basics, then you can start
to experiment. Here’s the thing with stabilizer, you get
strength with the layers. I always use a minimum of two layers of stabilizer. If you’re going
to just use one, you might not get the results you’re looking for. That’s going to depend
on how many stitches are in a design. If it’s a very heavily stitched design like
a tiger’s face, you’re going to need more stabilizer; two, maybe three depending on
the fabric that you’re working with. Let me go down a quick little way to remember.
If your fabric stretches, so you have tee shirts, sweat shirts, that type of thing,
you need to use a cutaway stabilizer. This stabilizer is literally cut away around
the outside of the design and left to support, to be the foundation inside a project. For
example on this sweatshirt, you will see the stabilizer still inside. If you’ve ever had a sweatshirt and you’re,
“Gosh, why did they leave the stabilizer in there?” It’s to support the stitches. That
means I can actually pull on these stitches and they don’t pop. If I had tear away stabilizer
on that, and I pulled, those stitches will all start to break; cutaway stabilizer on
anything stretchy. Is denim stretchy? It is. I prefer to use
cutaway stabilizer on the back of jean fabric, denim fabric. It does have stretch. I don’t
know about you, but when I take my jeans out of the dryer after they’ve been washed, they’re
a little tight. About noon time, they’re just right. I’ve stretched them out. Some denim these days have the lycra in them.
They’re actually stretch denim, so definitely need the support system for those stitches
going on there. Two layers on the back of this made the design really turn out nice
and flat. This has been washed a couple of times. We really see the results of good,
quality, properly amount of stabilizer in your project. A lot of you are quilters. We’re talking about
quilt fabric, cotton fabrics, medium weight woven fabrics. This is silk, we just went
ahead and used a tear away stabilizer. If your fabric is a woven, you can use tear away
stabilizer. That will allow you to tear it away nicely from back behind it and then be
able to quilt it or not see it if it is going to be seen on the back side and not covered
up or quilted in. That is a nice stabilizer. Remember just because you want to not see
it doesn’t mean you want to change out on stretchy fabrics. On the fabric that is a terry cloth, people
always ask is that a woven or stretch? Technically, all fabric is stretch because I don’t know
about you, but last time I tried to sew on the diagonal, it was a little wavy because
it stretches on that bias edge. All fabric has stretch to it. If you’re going
to run out of stabilizer, don’t run out of the cutaway. You can always use cutaway stabilizer
on the back of a woven fabric. It’s like the universal stabilizer; maybe not the best one
for the final result. Would you want cutaway stabilizer on the back of a towel? Probably
not; you’ll probably want to use a tear away stabilizer.
You want to remove it so nobody sees it on the back side. There’s also stabilizer that we use on the
top for fabrics like a towel, terrycloth, fleece, things with a nap. If you don’t
put a little water soluble stabilizer on top, the loops come showing through your stitches.
That does not look good at all. What you want to do is you’ll hoop up your
fabric with your stabilizer, two layers. Right before you embroider it, you can just put
a small piece of stabilizer just over the area right on top of the fabric. Once that
stitching starts, it will hold it in place. There’s some other key things that I like
to use, some spray adhesives. My favorite, the 505 spray now, the new web bond. This
one sprays a little bit more direct so I don’t get so much overspray and gumminess on my
hoops. This one has, I would always suggest spraying
maybe over in a box or with an area covered with a sheet. That way overspray doesn’t get
on tables or sewing machines and that type of thing. Both are really really good. They’re a temporary
spray adhesive. Often spray my stabilizer. By the way you’ll always want to spray the
secondary layer, not your project. You want to spray the stabilizer. That stick will not
transfer to your fabric. That is of course what you want. Also, it’s just temporary. Once you start
to wash it, it goes away. Even in the air it will dissipate and completely come off
your project unless you use too much. There has been issues where people are spraying
and spraying. It might get too gummy. It might take more to get it off your project. Another thing that water soluble stabilizer
that you can get, you could use that in place of a tear away. A tear away, once it’s actually
stitched, it’s perforated. You find yourself with nothing really back there. It really
was just during the embroidery process that it was holding things together in the hoop. A water soluble stabilizer on the back of
something that you’re going to see a lot, that would be one thing you can substitute
out. For example this is a recipe towel, something I like to do, take a famous family recipe
and do it out. You can do some great gifts, maybe put together a little gift basket if
it included grandma’s famous apple pie and put in with a new bushel of apples fresh from
the orchard. This would be something where I would use
a water soluble stabilizer on the back. Then I don’t have to pick out that tear away stabilizer
from every little letter in there. It really makes a difference. That’s one place. I sometimes will use water soluble stabilizer
on the top of something that probably doesn’t need it. It actually helps keep your stitches
a little bit more raised and professional looking. If you really want it to look good,
you can add that little extra layer on top. Everything washes away when it’s done. Those
stitches really show up a little bit taller and a little bit fuller when you’re finished. This one was actually just a cross stitch
design that was stitched on a towel where you’d normally do by hand. This was done with
embroidery software. That’s something you want to talk to your local Husqvarna Viking
dealer about software to add and go on further and use your machine for something totally
more fun. Another thing people will sometimes use, you’ve
got a lot of designs that are considered quilting designs. Very easy to stitch, these designs
almost … they don’t take hardly any time at all. We’re going through all the layers.
We’re going through your quilt top, your batting, and your back. You don’t need stabilizer.
The batting will act as your stabilizer. I will tell you this looks so good. It will
take you longer to hoop up the project than it will to actually stitch the design out.
By the time you get it hooped and on the machine and fabric moved around, that design stitches
out super quick. That’s just a quick rundown with stabilizer.
You heard me talk about hooping the stabilizer with your fabric. You’re going to have a much
better success if you do that when all the fabric stabilizer is all together in the hoop. There’s times where you can’t hoop something.
You could use the stabilizer and just hoop the stabilizer. You can use some temporary
spray adhesive. Spray the middle of the hoop and stick it down. Some of the stabilizers
are actually a sticky stabilizer where they actually have a peel away and you stick your
project down. It doesn’t go anywhere while it’s embroidering. It’s usually a tear away.
Then you tear that all away from your project and really holds it very nice. Also, stabilizers come in usually a couple
different sizes. If you’re working with your smaller hoop for a project, why waste the
extra stabilizer from a taller roll? Spend the extra money. Get a small roll. You’ll
use it up. That way it’s just right for the hoops that you’re working with. We’re going to get into a little bit more
detail on hooping and take a look at all the other videos that we’ve been doing for this

3 thoughts on “Embroidery Stabilizers

  1. my first go at it i used tear away and it jammed. going to cutaway now and try to get my first embroidery done. thanks

  2. This is a great overview of stabilizers for us the nubes to machine embroidery. I will spread the word about your videos. Thanks for making this series 😄

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