Stabilizer for embroidery

by Beth Fagundes
(Paso Robles, CA, USA)

I am entering back in to the embroidery world and decided to start with some flour sack tea towels.

I have an iron on transfer to put on them.

I have read about stabilizer, and purchased some, but I haven't seen anything about it on your site. Is it needed for light weight flour sack towels? If so, how should it be applied and what weight is needed for this project?

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Stabilizer with Redwork
by: Carol

Also hand embroidering Redwork on flour sack towels. The main reason I want to use stabilizer is to hide the back stitches from being seen from the front side so I don’t want to use soluble but I also don’t want the stabilizer to be prominently seen from the front. I am now also confused which type to use because the sites I’ve read don’t address this issue.

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Paper Solvy
by: Susan

I have used Paper Solvy from Sulky, which is water soluble. It helps to keep the work stable and you can not only draw your pattern on it, but even print on it from your computer.

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Stabilizer for hand embroidery
by: Sharon

I use a woven cotton fusible interfacing for hand embroidery. Fuse the interfacing onto the wrong side of the background fabric after you have transferred your design. I use a .05 brown pigma pen to transfer my design so I do not have to worry about a product that you can not iron before removal. There are two benefits to using interfacing. First you will not see any stray threads through your background fabric. Second your fabric is stabilized which helps keep your stitch tension even. Hope this helps.

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Stabilizer for embroidery
by: Linda Morris

I've not actually used stabilizer in any of my own projects but I did come across this site which appears to have quite a bit of information on the subject:

http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/4631/making-sense-of-stabilizers

Hope this helps.

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