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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. The stabilizer goes underneath and/or on top of the fabric you are embroidering.

This is the backside of a skier shadow embroidery design using tear away stabilizer.

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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 to stabilize woven fabrics. 

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 should think about using a cutaway stabilizer instead. 

With lower stitch count designs and lightweight fabric, use a medium weight tear-away.

Tear-away stabilizers should, the majority of the time, be used for stable woven fabrics. Tear-away stabilizers are great for in-the-hoop projects.

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

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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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