Choosing a stabilizer for an embroidery project is a headache!
That’s why we are here once again, to help you pick the right stabilizer for your embroidery wants & needs! We are going to take you on an easy essential-picking journey so that you land on the perfect embroidery island!
What is a stabilizer? Why do you need it?
Stabilizers also known as backings, are often firm sheets placed commonly underneath the embroidery designs during the embroidery process (rarely on top; more on that later).It is vital for machine embroidery because, it supports the fabric throughout the stitching process to prevent puckering or stretching.
You need a backing as it minimizes a lot of issues or problems that rise up during machine embroidering and therefore, you need the right backing.
If it is not the right one, you will not get an amazing and exact result of your embroidery design.
What to keep in mind before choosing a stabilizer?
There are a few things to keep in mind before choosing a stabilizer because; many factors contribute to picking the right one for your embroidery project.
Always keep in mind:
The type of fabric
The embroidery design.
The weight and type of the backing.
Light, soft or drapey fabric
More stitches in the embroidery design
Less stitches in the embroidery design
*this is a general guideline
Different types of Stabilizers:
Now we are going to look into the different types of backings so that we can find one for you!
The Cut-Away backing is considered as the steadiest of all the stabilizers.
You can use a cut-away on almost any fabric but, it is a must to use it on knit or stretchy sorts of fabric. After the embroidery process, the excess backing is cut away (as the name suggests) and the left on remains to prevent the stitches from popping or fraying!
Tear-Away is perfect for those who want to or need to tear off most of the backing after the whole embroidery process.
You can use it on almost any fabric type except knit, stretchy or really sheer fabric.
Wash-Away stabilizers are used when the entire backing is wished to be removed from the project after the whole process of embroidery.
This does not support as many stitches as the previous two which is why a Wash-away should be carefully considered (looking at the design’s density and stitch count). Do not use Wash-Away if your fabric cannot be laundered.
These are the standard stabilizers that we always suggest to beginners.
There are many specialty ones now in the market too and yes, you can learn more about them if you want to. We encourage you to first get used to the standard backings before reaching out to more of the advanced specialty ones.
Remember, you are just a beginner. You are going to make mistakes and it’s all good! Before using stabilizers on your projects, remember to always go for a test-run before the final process!