Keeping your stabilizers identified properly makes a big difference. Here is one way to ID them and keep them from unrolling!
When I first started machine embroidery some 20-plus years ago, I made a real blunder by mistakenly using a mesh cutaway stabilizer that I thought was a fabric-type wash-away. Big difference.
Even then, I knew the difference between the two but didn’t pay the attention that I should. The project was an applique kitchen towel and, since the white stabilizer showed around the edges, I had to tear it out and start all over again.
Bonnie recommends inserting the stabilizer label into the end of the roll which is a great idea. Not only will you know exactly what kind and weight of stabilizer that you have, you will also know the brand name as well as where it came from when you need to order more.
I like to use slap bracelets to keep my stabilizer rolls from unwinding. They are relatively inexpensive and come in several different prints and colors. You can find them with other kid’s crafts and sometimes even they are often on sale during summer camps and bible schools.
I recently found some silicone bands that I really like on Amazon. They come in different colors and, because of the plastic surface, they grip the stabilizer rolls really well.
If you like, you can write the type of stabilizer on the band with a permanent marker or even print a sticker with a label maker. That way, all of your stabilizers will be easily identifiable and neatly contained.
Several companies actually sell the same kind of bands with stabilizer names printed on them, so that’s another option.
How do you label your stabilizers?
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