Stabilizer refers to a material used in embroidery to avoid fabric slipping and puckering. You might find different types of stabilizer in the market. They have commonly known as tear away, cut away, wash away, and heat away. This article will only talk about three type of stabilizers-tear away, cut away, and wash away.
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1. Tear away stabilizer
First, the tear away type of stabilizer is recommended for natural fabrics, specifically tight woven. Tear away stabilizer is useful for natural fabrics, such as cotton. You can also integrate multiple layers of stabilizers in order to provide strength. It is recommended to be careful of the weight of the fabric and stabilizer-it should be lighter for support and strength.
For its application, you need a temporary heating spray. Spray it on the fabric. It is recommended to spray the right amount to support the stabilizer onto fabric.
- Then you can place the stabilizer on the rear side of the fabric. Use your palm to reduce the bubbles and wrinkles on the surface. Make sure it is stable and secure.
- Then immediately, place it in the hoop. It is important to place it smoothly in the hoop.
- Now take out the tear away stabilizer from the hoop. Smoothly loose it out and let it come out of the design without much effort.
- It is recommended to cut the fabric smoothly to get rid of the left over stabilizers. In case if they do not come out easily, you can use tweezers to remove the stabilizer. This will result in a clear and clean design on the fabric. Both sides of the fabric will come out clean and neat-so then it’s entirely onto you to use which side of the fabric.
2. Cut away stabilizer
Now we move onto the cut away type of the stabilizer. Cut away stabilizers are recommended for fabrics such as nets or T-shirts, which are generally soft to the skin.
- Again, you can use a light weight and non-fusible fabric fully sprayed fabric. Then you can simply hoop it. Make sure it is hooped properly and strong.
- Let’s go on to the design-take it from the hoop. At the rear side, cut it away by loosening it up from the design. Make sure you do it gently by holding the stabilizer in one hand.
- Then slowly cut it away by a quarter of an inch covering the design. Be careful cutting the stabilizer. Just continue to cut away from around the design and avoid cutting the fabric. You can go back anytime and cut away the edges for a clean look. The design will always remain at the rear side of the fabric-so it is important to select a soft type of it.
3. Water soluble or wash away stabilizer
Let’s go on to wash away type of stabilizers. They are also known as water soluble stabilizers. This type of stabilizer is recommended for the specific sensor type of fabrics, which includes lace type of work as well as tracing designs, which are mostly used in the free motion type of embroidery.
- Like we did for above stabilizers, similarly, for this type of stabilizer, again make sure it is light weight and sprayed. It is important to keep water or wash away type of stabilizer in an air tight packet to avoid drying in future. Make sure that the hoop is tight and secure.
- Then it is just to move the fabric and stabilizer gently to reduce the wrinkles and for a smooth look. Avoid stretching the fabric and stabilizer too hard. Once you have done it, just tighten the screws of the hoop again.
- Then load the design. On many occasions, the wash or water soluble stabilizer is used on the top of the stabiliser-in case, if you are using a heavy fabric with high density. Then, remove the stabilizer similarly the way you have done with the cut away stabilizer.
- Follow the same procedures and be careful while cutting the edges. Once you have cut it, you might find a stabilizer on the design.
- You can take the fabric in the sink, put some water in it and gently scrub using your fingers. Scrub using your fingers to remove the water soluble stabilizer from the fabric. You can use scissors to cut the threads.
These stabilizers appear similar, therefore it is recommended to keep them in the authentic packaging or in a clearly marked packaging. You can also store them in rolls.