We are asked all the time about what stabilizers to use and at what time to use them. We have a simple answer to this dilemma, find a system that works for you and stick with it. There are so many stabilizer solutions out there and there are plenty of ways to solve the same problem. There are basically two styles of stabilizers to choose from and then multiple variations of each of those. For this month we will focus on the styles and then in the next couple of months we can talk about the different types.
There is a topping stabilizer and a backing stabilizer. The topping is just as it says, it belongs on the top of your garment to hold the fibers of the fabric down so you can see your embroidery stitches much more clearly. You will use a topping on most, but not all of your embroidery projects. Most of the time you will just float the stabilizer and let the stitching hold it in place. Anytime you have a loose weave fabric, or a fabric with any loft to it, then a topping stabilizer is a must use. Examples of this are terry towels, fleece materials, stretchy knits, and any other type of fabric that the stitches can get lost in.
Backing stabilizers are going to be necessary on 99% of your embroidery projects. You have a ton of choices that we offer, so it is good to experiment with the different types and pick the one that is right for you and gives you the most success. Here are some important tips to remember when you are using your backing stabilizer. First you want to use a stabilizer that gives you enough support for the fabric you are trying to embroider. It makes logical sense that the more stretch you have in your material, the more stable you have to make your stabilizer. Second, cut your stabilizer to fit the entire area of your hoop. This will provide support for your entire project and let the stabilizer do its job properly. Lastly, know the difference between a fusible and a non-fusible stabilizer. Fusible stabilizers are the most stable of all your choices and like I said earlier they are going to be your best choice for stretchier materials.
At Above and Beyond Sewing and Vacuum, we have your most extensive choices of Floriani and Babylock stabilizers in the Rocky Mountain region and we are your one stop shop for all your sewing needs. Stop by either location and we would be glad to give you an overview of whatever stabilizers you have questions on.
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