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What is tear away stabilizer

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Stabilizers are important in machine embroidery, they prevent puckering and support the fabric. But it is also important to know which type of stabilizer to use.

This is the back side of a design using tear away stabilizer, design can be found in Lizzsews Etsy shop

The stabilizer goes underneath the fabric you are embroidering. Although there are some stabilizers that will go on top of certain types of fabric, these types of stabilizers are called toppers. 


Recommended read: Guide To The Three Main Machine Embroidery Stabilizers


A tear-away stabilizer is just what it sounds like. After embroidering, you can simply just tear it away! It's a lightweight stabilizer and is kind of like paper. Tear-away is mainly used on woven fabrics. 


Although it is usually a lightweight stabilizer- its medium weight is like a lightweight, it does come in different weights. Denser (higher stitch count) designs and thicker fabrics should be matched with a heavier weight tear-away stabilizer. If the design is too dense, or the fabric is too thick, you might even want to think about using a cutaway stabilizer. With lower stitch count designs and lightweight fabric, use a medium weight tear-away- it is like a lightweight.


Tear-away stabilizers should, the majority of the time, be used for stable woven fabrics.


When embroidering, you can use two sheets of stabilizer and 'double up' if you feel it is necessary.


Tear-away stabilizers are great for in-the-hoop projects.


Recommended read: What is FSL

Recommended read: How to hoop fabric for machine embroidery


When tearing away your stabilizer, ensure that you are doing so carefully. Hold onto the stitches as you tear, and tear away from the stitches.

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