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The Great Debate: Choosing Cutaway or Tearaway Stabilizers

Cutaway or Tearaway Stabilizer with

How do you know when to use tearaway stabilizer versus cutaway? Like the foundation of your home, stabilizers support the stitches you place upon them. If the foundation is not good, the structure isn't either.

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Stabilizer Scraps: Save Them or Pitch Them?

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Stabilizers are an essential part of machine embroidery. We all have plenty of fabric scraps but do you keep your stabilizer scraps? If so, what do you do with them?

It’s an interesting discussion, one that I recently read on social media. The results may surprise you. Of all who participated in the discussion (just under 100), about 95% said they not only saved their stabilizer scraps, they also used them.

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Four Tips for Stitching on Knits

Airplane Adventures machine embroidered applique by Sew Inspired by Bonnie
Does your t-shirt and sweatshirt embroidery pucker? These tips will help!

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Another No-Slip Stabilizer Tip!

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This little trick will help keep your stabilizer from sagging in the hoop!

I stitch a lot of in-the-hoop (ITH) projects, many of which require floating pieces on no-show mesh or fabric-type water-soluble stabilizer. Both of these are extremely thin and can sag or loosen in the hoop, no matter how tight you make it.

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Five Stabilizer Tips That Make a Difference

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As the foundation for your stitches, stabilizers play an important role in machine embroidery. These tips will help! There are so many variables with machine embroidery that advice is welcome, no matter how experienced that we are.  

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Stitching Templates for Perfect Fussy Cut Appliques

Stitching a Fussy Cut Applique Template

With applique, fabrics can really make the project and fussy cutting makes a big impact! One of the fun things about applique is that you can use fabric motifs to your advantage. 

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Why You Should Save Water-Soluble Stabilizer Scraps

Make Your Own Fabric Stiffener

What do you do with leftover water-soluble stabilizer scraps? Make a stiffening spray!

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Embroidering on Fleece: A Blanket for Ellie

Embroidering on Fleece

Whether it is blankets or clothing, fleece is a wonderful comfort fabric and a fun base for machine embroidery.

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Stabilizer Weights Simplified

Stabilizer Weights Simplified

If you need to use a lightweight tear-away stabilizer, do you know what that means?

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The One Stabilizer You Should Never Be Without

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Do you think you need to have six or eight different stabilizers on hand? Maybe not!

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