Embroidery Stabilizer Guide
Tear Away Stabilizers:
Tear-away stabilizers are temporary stabilizers – easy to remove after your stitching is completed. Recommended for use with medium to heavyweight fabrics and dense embroidery designs. Can be torn away in either horizontal or vertical direction.
Cotton Soft: Non-woven, tear away stabilizer with smooth finish and soft feel.
The choice of professional embroiderers. Cotton Soft (available in white or black) is an excellent all-purpose embroidery stabilizer, soft and gentle to the touch, yet strong and rigid enough for hooping and stitching. It will not stretch or distort stitches and tears away easily leaving a super-clean edge. The natural cotton fibers make it environmentally friendly and extremely comfortable against the skin. Ideal for: baby and children’s clothes, heirloom sewing, quilting and paper-piecing.
Cotton Stable: Iron-on, soft non-woven stabilizer, ideal for knits and stretch fabrics.
Cotton Stable embroidery stabilizer has a coating on one side that develops an adhesive effect when subjected to heat. Iron in place wherever a soft stabilizer might be used, stitch, and carefully tear away excess backing close to the stitches. Eliminates shifting, sliding, puckering, and stretching of material. The iron-on coating produces only a weak adhesive effect allowing the removal of Cotton Stable embroidery stabilizer without residue.
Cotton Fix: Adhesive, paper-backed non-woven stabilizer.
Cotton Fix embroidery stabilizer is ideal for hooped computerized machine embroidery. Avoid hoop marks on delicate and sensitive fabrics, such as velvet, suede and silk. Simply hoop Cotton Fix embroidery stabilizer paper side up, score and remove release paper to expose adhesive. Finger press fabric to the stabilizer and put the hoop on your machine for embroidery. Excellent for patchwork as small items can be embroidered without basting them to the stabilizer. Ideal for fixing details, such as cuffs, trouser flies, collars, pockets, velvet, leather, caps, knits, stretchy fabrics and jerseys.
Wash Away Stabilizers:
Wash-away stabilizers make a great embroidery backing or topping and are designed to stabilizer delicate, washable fabric and high pile fabric such as terry cloth. Use for free-hand embroidery, lace or any project that requires the complete removal of the stabilizer. Completely dissolves in warm water, without leaving a sticky residue or stiff fabric.
Avalon Film: Transparent, wash away, clear film stabilizer. Ideal for looped and knitted fabrics.
Avalon Film embroidery stabilizer can easily be hooped for decorative stitching on towels, knot or sweater fabric to prevent stitches from sinking and disappearing into fabric nap. Use under or over fabric to support open stitches, cut work or button holes. Stretchable and delicate fabrics will no longer loose their shape as you sew or embroider on them. Ideal for: toweling, velvet, knits, silk, organza, net lace, buttonholes, transfer of quilt patterns, sandwich and pizza technique.
Avalon Ultra:Extremely firm and stable film wash away stabilizer. Allows the most detailed embroidery without tearing. Avalon Ultra embroidery stabilizer is ideal for hoopless embroidery or any project where added support or a firmer working foundation is necessary. Can be stitched intensely without tearing. Ideal for: topping, pattern guide, backing stabilizer, large size projects without hoop, thread sketching, lace work and spun lace, quilt patterns and sandwich techniques.
Avalon Plus:Firm, non-woven, wash away stabilizer. Ideal for embroidery on light, delicate fabrics.
Avalon Plus embroidery stabilizer is a firm wash-away stabilizer with the strength of a non-woven fabric. Dissolves in warm water with no residue, placing no stress on your beautiful embroidery. Can be embroidered intensely without tearing, perfect for machine embroidery, cut-work, lace making and appliqué on delicate fabrics. Ideal for: freehand machine embroidery, dense embroidered appliqué, sheer and transparent fabrics, such as silk, organza, net lace, cut work, thread lace, monogramming, borders, edges, ribbons, darning, backing, Richelieu, textile collages, needles painting and 3-D appliqué.
Avalon Fix: Self-adhesive, wash away, non-woven stabilizer. Ideal for working on lace and for borders Avalon Fix embroidery stabilizer is soft and stable, with the added bonus of a paper-backed adhesive. Avoids hoop marks on any washable fabric, ideal for projects too small or odd sized to hoop. Hoop stabilizer, reveal sticky surface, align fabric and finger press in place. Washes out with luke warm water. Extremely suitable for all creative techniques in freehand machine embroidery, such as textile surface design. Ideal for: cuffs, collars, pockets, sheer and transparent fabric, lace fabric, and dense embroidery designs.
Cut Away Stabilizers: Cut-away stabilizers are permanent stabilizers meant to remain with the garment to keep it stable during and after embroidery. They are trimmed away only to the stitching line and are not totally removed. Perfect for dense embroidery designs and fabrics that stretch or distort, like knits and synthetics.
Super Strong: Cut away, heavy weight, soft, non-woven stabilizer.
Permanent stability for the most detailed designs. Super strong embroidery stabilizer, available in white or black, provides permanent stability to stitch computerized embroidery designs, appliqués and monograms on outerwear like jackets, sweaters, and sweatshirts. Ideal for open-weave fabrics with a complex design, high detail embroidery designs, or dense designs. Guarantees exact typographic image for logos and emblems.
Super Stable: Cut away, iron –on, non-woven. Ideal for thick stretch fabrics.
Super Stable embroidery stabilizer is great for machine embroidery and appliqué as it remains on the fabric to keep it stable during and after embroidery. Iron in place wherever a permanent stabilizer might be used, stitch, and carefully cut away excess backing close to stitching. Ideal for thick and stretch fabrics. Excellent support for dense embroideries, patchwork, bags and purses, cloth books, pictures and decorative stitching.
Super Film: Iron away or cut away – clear film which dissolves when heated.
Super Film embroidery stabilizer is a heat-sensitive special clear plastic-like film which disintegrates with a hot dry iron. Works well on specialty fabrics such as satin, velvet and corduroy without puckering. Use for fabrics that are too delicate for Tear-Away, too sheer for Cut-Away, or aren’t washable at all. Super Film disappears when heat is applied. This perforated foil is the ideal backing for badges, it remains under the stitching, continuing to support it during washing. Ideal for machine embroidery, spun lace, cut work, emblems and logos.