Understand each type of stabilizer and how and when to use each one. This blog series includes helpful tips, hints and expert advice to ensure you choose the right stabilizer for your projects. Bookmark this post to refer to it later, as it’s a great resource for all things machine embroidery (and more!)
Stabilizer Basics References
- The Stabilizer Basics – Series
- The Stabilizer Basics – Cut-Away and Tear-Away Stabilizer
- The Stabilizer Series – Your Questions Answered
- The Stabilizer Series – More Questions Answered
- The Stabilizer Basics – Water Soluble and Heat-Away
- The Stabilizer Basics – How Do I Get Started?
- The Stabilizer Infographic
- The Stabilizer Series – Tender Touch
Once you understand the basics, you can deviate and try different stabilizer combinations, depending on the fabric and thread you’ve chosen for your particular design. If you’re unsure where to begin, always start with our Stabilizer Selector Tool to begin your machine embroidery endeavor!
There will be sometimes when a different type of stabilizer is needed or several layers of one type is needed to support stitches in lightweight fabrics, support stretchy fabrics and prevent heavyweight fabrics fibers from separating due to multiple needle penetrations. There are always exceptions to the “rules.”
To test out different stabilizers with the fabrics you use the most, purchase a Sulky Stabilizer Sampler. It includes all of the Sulky stabilizers in 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheets, so they easily slip into a sheet protector to organize them in a binder. This becomes a valuable reference for future projects, as you can write on the sheet protector and note which needle, thread, fabric and stabilizer was used for the perfect, or optimum, stitchout.
Whichever stabilizer you decide to use, always, always perform a test stitchout to ensure the combination works to your satisfaction. Tests, when successful, can always turn into other projects, too. Applique test stitchouts onto bags or jackets, or combine several into a quilt design. Just be sure to always use the same fabric, thread and needle you plan to use for the final project. Otherwise your test won’t be accurate.