How to Pick the Right Machine Embroidery Stabilizer

Machine Embroidery, The stabilizer is one of the most important things in the embroidery machine, in spite, most people don’t give it attention, it is responsible for creating a beautiful and professional design with no wrongs or defects. If you want to make a professional design you should choose the right stabilizer. To avoid creating a poor design.


If you embroider quilts, home accessories, or clothing you will need a soft, easily laundered, and durable design so the stabilizer is responsible to achieve your needs and is considered as the founder of your work will determine the failure or the success.

It is also responsible for supporting your stitches, so that’s so good and will ease your work and save your time and ensure that your work is well completed. But in case you choose the wrong stabilizer, you will not achieve any of these, because your design will be full of mismatched stitches, puckers, gaps in your fills and outlines.

There are some categories of Machine Embroidery stabilizers:

1- Tear away: it is something like paper which comes with a large range of weights, from soft to crisp, this category is very good for redwork designs which worked on linens. It is created by using stitches (outline) that are stitched over themselves multiple times. So the role of your stabilizer here is to prevent your stitches from pulling and puckering on the fabric.

2- Cutaway: this type of stabilizer is considered a nonwoven stabilizer, but also there are other types of cutaway stabilizers like nylon mesh which is a woven stabilizer. The cutaway stabilizer is used for toile-type embroidery.

3- Wash Away: the wash away stabilizer is come in two forms which are plastic and mesh forms, wash away stabilizers are washed by the water completely as their name suggests. You will need it when you want to remove all traces of your stabilizer.

Using More Than One Stabilizer:

For some projects, it is better to use two or more stabilizers together and you will get the best result, these cases when you need to tow layers of stabilizer, such as filling embroidery areas.

5 Things You Never Knew Your Sewing Machine Could do

free-motion technique, Do you think that your sewing machine is just for sewing! You are wrong, some sewing machines also can embroider some embroidery techniques. So if you have a sewing machine and want to buy a new embroidery machine, first you should go to your sewing machine and try it if it also could embroider by getting an old fabric and start trying out your machine on it. So which embroidery techniques you should try out? Here are some of the unusual techniques which are some sewing machines could do them:


The first technique of free-motion technique :

Couching: this involves a combination of threads or yarn on a piece of fabric with stitches with a small size in a thread that could be similar or contrasting. This is commonly done with hand embroidery but you can also do it by your sewing machine.
How could you do this:
On the bobbin, you should attach a thicker thread, and on the spool place a standard thread. Then to let the thicker thread pass, for the bobbin, change the tension using the small screw. After finishing do not forget to tighten the screw. To facilitate your work on the fabric draw the design you want to embroider on the back of the fabric.
You can use a free-motion technique or stitch in lines.

The second technique free-motion technique :

Smocking: it is all about giving your fabric stretch by gathering it in order. It is created with thread and used to design your clothes such as jeans and dresses. The sewing machine will facilitate your work and make it easier and faster to be finished. The lighter fabric, the better result you will get.

How could you do this:

On the bobbin wind, your thread and ensure that it is not tight or loose. Then using the small screw, change the tension of the bobbin to let the thread pass without any cuts. Choose the length of your stitch, and you should know that the longer stitch means that the stretch is greater.

The third technique is:

Perforating: it is the easiest free-motion technique of the techniques, it is used for papercrafts like scrapbooking, it is created by getting reverse on a thick paper. If you have children you can learn them stitching by this way.

How could you do this:

Remove all threads from the machine after setting it up, then just put your paper under the needle of the machine and start stitching your design using the free motion technique. Be care full and use a slow speed to could control your design and for even perforation.