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Often asked: What is the best stabilizer for embroidering towels?

Cutaway stabilizer is the best choice for terrycloth towels. Spray a piece of cutaway stabilizer with temporary adhesive, then smooth the towel on top.

Can you use tear away stabilizer on towels?

Since medium weight cutaway stabilizer can show through thinner fabrics, tear away stabilizer can be a good choice for these towels. We also recommend using a water-soluble stabilizer (such as Sulky Solvy) on top of the towel, to prevent the stitches from sinking into the pile.

What is the difference between tear away and cut away stabilizer?

I use two different types of stabilizer- cutaway and tearaway. The name pretty much sums up the difference between them. Cutaway you actually trim with scissors around the back of the design and tear away just tears away. Usually with cutaway you trim but leave some around the design (on the back side).

How do you remove sticky stabilizer from towels?

To remove the stabilizer you will need to re-heat the adhesive on the stabilizer and while it is hot, peel it away from the fabric. We recommend a very low iron temperature when fusing your Floriani stabilizers to the fabric.

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What is water soluble stabilizer?

Water soluble embroidery stabilizers (WSS) will dissolve completely when immersed in water leaving no backing at all. Water soluble backings are most widely used in free standing embroidery applications such as free standing lace (FSL).

Do you have to use stabilizer when embroidering towels?

Regular tear away stabilizer also works well for embroidering on towels; you will just need to spray the hooped stabilizer with a temporary adhesive. It’s a good idea to make a simple cardboard mask to cover your embroidery hoop while you spray the tear away with temporary adhesive.

Why do you need stabilizer for embroidery?

A stabilizer (referred to in industrial circles as backing) is an essential for machine embroidery. It is used to support the fabric during the stitching process to keep puckering or stretching from occurring. The choice of stabilizer can make or break an embroidery project.

How do I know which stabilizer to use?

When making your decision on which type of stabilizer to use a good rule of thumb is to:

  1. Use Cut Away stabilizer if the fabric has any stretch – t-shirts, sweatshirts, knits, etc.
  2. Use a Tear Away Stabilizer if the fabric is stable woven.

Do you always need stabilizer when embroidering?

Stabilizer is rarely essential, but it’s often worth using just to make your stitching go a little easier. For most basic embroidery, keeping some mid-weight fusible stabilizer or interfacing on hand will ensure that you’re ready to tackle any project that needs a bit of support from this helpful supply!

What can I use instead of stabilizer?

Cotton, sweatshirt materials, fleece, flannel are all good alternatives to fabric stabilizers.

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