If you need to use a light weight tear-away stabilizer, do you know what that means?
Stabilizers can be so confusing. As if the different types are not enough of a challenge, each type is available in various weights. Light weight. medium weight. heavy weight. What does that really mean?
Fortunately, Bonnie has extensive knowledge of such things after working and teaching for a major sewing center in Grapevine, Texas, plus years of digitizing and embroidery experience. Design size, stitch count, and density dictate the weight of stabilizers that you should use in machine embroidery.
Stitching Sizes vs. Stabilizer Weights
Stabilizers support embroidery stitches and help to prevent puckering of the fabric. The more stitches your design has, the heavier the stabilizer that you need to use.
5,000 – 7,000 stitches => Light Weight Stabilizer
8,000 – 20,000 stitches => Medium Weight Stabilizer
20,000+ stitches => Heavy Weight Stabilizer
Determining Stabilizer Weights
Choosing the proper weight of stabilizer is not as easy as buying a certain brand name. There is no Acme Light-Weight Stabilizer on the market. Each brand offers different weights within each type. There are medium weight cutaways and medium weight tearaways, etc.
Stabilizers are categorized by weights in ounces:
Light Weight Stabilizer => 1.2 to 1.8 ounces
Medium Weight Stabilizer => 1.8 to 2.2 ounces
Heavy Weight Stabilizer => High 2s to 3.2 ounces
These guidelines are just a starting point. Record your results in an embroidery journal to ensure future project successes and use what works for you. Bonnie has a great video that goes into more detail about matching up stabilizers with projects here.
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