Stabilizers 101, The Series
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Since I’ve purchased my new embroidery machine, I’ve learned lots about stabilizers. If you’ve been around the blog for any length of time, you know I’m a big fan of KISS (keep It Simple Stupid). When I started researching which stabilizers to buy for which projects I immediately was overwhelmed. It seemed like there were a million to choose from with price ranges all over the map. Finding out when to use what was equally as painful. I soon realized there aren’t that many choices. There’s many manufacturers of the same purpose stabilizers with slightly different names, it looks like there are many more than there actually are. After a deep breath and counting back from 10, I mentally categorized the stabilizers into three types: water soluble, the aways (tear away, wash away, cut away), and specialties (sticky stabilizer, etc). In this series I’ll tell you everything I know about various stabilizers including how and when I use them.
Stabilizer 101 Series Disclaimers:
- Everything I’m sharing with you is from trial and error. I did not do extensive research, I am not sponsored, and I’m not always 100% right. As I learn more or hear from other stabilizer users, I may amend these posts.
- I decided to only purchase readily available products that do not require special orders, high shipping costs, or purchase price premiums. I make no claim that any of them are the “best” or the brand you should buy, it is just what I could get my hands on.
- Most stabilizers seem to range in width anywhere from 6” to 22”. I tried to be sure to compare apples to apples by considering the cost per square inch when comparing prices.