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Embroidery Stabilizer Guide To Choosing The Correct Backings

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Embroidery Stabilizer Guide To Choosing The Correct Backings

As a new embroiderer, you first learn the backing or stabilization. The embroidery backing is the foundation of machine embroidery and provides the necessary stability for machine embroidery, especially on stretchy fabrics and polyester shirts. For those who are new to the embroidery machine, choosing the right stabilizer for the job is one of the most important decisions you will make when starting your embroidery work. Proper stabilization is the foundation of great embroidery. Don’t skimp on the stilts, but don’t overdo the stability, either. Don’t get used to fixing stability issues by adding an extra layer of support – choose the right stabilizer for the specified digitizing service before you start.

What is Embroidery Stabilizer?

You may not be familiar with machine embroidery, but chances are you’ve seen embroidered accessories on the embroidered shirts you wear. It is the piece of fabric behind the stitches that provides support during the embroidery process. Linings are usually wet and non-woven, meaning they are composed of random fibres held together by adhesives. 

The non-directional nature of the non-woven backing makes it strong and stable and can be used as an embroidery stabilizer. It’s important to use fabrics designed for machine embroidery – you’ll read on the internet that people advocate using twist balls as coffee filters, newspapers and paper towels. as support. These products can break during the embroidery process and cause excessive lint in the bobbin case and machine parts.

What are the Different Types of Embroidery Backing?

There are three main types of embroidery stabilizers: cut, tear and water-soluble. Most shelves come in different weights and are usually advertised in ounces per square yard. The heavier the back, the more stable it is in general. A good support supplier sells pre-cut coil and blade fasteners in many different weights, types and sizes.

The cut-away 

This provides maximum stability and stays on the garment, helping it stay firm after embroidering. With a cut backing, when you’re done embroidering, you can cut off the excess backing near the design and leave the rest on the fabric. For embroidery beginners, we always recommend loose fabric and whatever you want to wear. Die cutting is more stable in nature and more tolerant of some of the mistakes you make when new to machine embroidery. They are ideal for high-performance knit and polyester shirts as they prevent the embroidered pattern from stretching with frequent use and washing.

Tear-away 

The tear-away backing can easily be removed from the fabric after embroidering. They are generally less stable than plaids, are used to withstand light, and are used for less stretchy fabrics and things that may be visible on the back, such as towels and bedding. With the removable closure, just tear off the back cover after the embroidery is done. For large shops, it can speed up the entire embroidery process when dealing with large work pieces. The teardrop can also be used with trimmings to provide extra support when embroidering without adding bulk to finished pieces.

Water Soluble Backing

Water-soluble stabilizers dissolve when immersed in water. There are two types of water-soluble stabilizers (WSS), a film type called Badgemaster and a non-woven type called Vilene. Both work the same. Which one you use is a personal preference. WSS should be used primarily for self-contained ligament (FSL) type applications where 100% support disappearance is required. Note that this backing dissolves in water, so if you use it as a regular stabilizer, you will lose seam stability as it washes. Some folks use water soluble backing on digitized logo for better grip.

Where do I Start?

As a starter, it’s best to store small rolls with several different backings until you find what works best for you. Many suppliers, such as AllStitch, have sample backing cards that you can purchase that allow you to see and feel the different types of embroidery backing on offer. Take old clothes from your wardrobe and try different types of linings in different fabrics until you are satisfied with the combination of the best designs.

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