Cut Away stabilizer is a permanent backing which remains on the fabric and keeps it stable during and after embroidery. The proper use of a Cut Away stabilizer will prevent your embroidery from pulling, sagging or puckering and will add stability to your garment.
Just cut the excess backing away from the garment as close to the edge of the embroidery as possible. What cut away stabilizer loses in convenience, it makes up for in stability and long term benefits.
Fabrics Used On
Use cut away stabilizer on anything that you don’t mind leaving backing on. It gives great support as well. A Cut Away stabilizer is a good choice for knit fabrics, as it prevent the designs from stretching out with frequent wearing and washing.
It is also recommended to use a cut away stabilizer on loosely woven fabrics, as well as projects to be framed, where visibility of the stabilizer is not an issue. Not recommended to use on a bib or towel.
Directions of Use
If you’re stitching on a fabric that will easily crush or otherwise be marked by the embroidery hoop, like velvet or leather, hoop the stabilizer only. Thereafter, spray it lightly with a temporary fabric adhesive, and position the fabric on the hooped stabilizer.
For fabrics that won’t be marred by needles or pins, whether hooped conventionally or as just described above, baste or pin the fabric securely in place so it won’t shift while stitching, keeping the pins out of the design area. (You may also find basting or pinning helpful when working with tear-away stabilizers.)
To remove a Cut Away stabilizer, first rough-cut the excess stabilizer from the fabric. Then, using sharp embroidery scissors, trim close to the stitching.