This tutorial delves into the nitty-gritty of why cutaway stabilizers are the go-to choice for almost every fabric type. You see, when manufacturers weave their fabrics, they don’t account for the added weight and tension that embroidery designs bring. That’s where cutaway stabilizers come in, offering a sturdy foundation for your fabric during and after the embroidery process.
The tutorial addresses a common concern: the aesthetics of cutaway stabilizers. While they may not be the most visually pleasing from the back, their functionality is unmatched. They keep your fabric from puckering, twisting, and dimpling, ensuring that your embroidered piece stays in tip-top shape even after multiple washes.
But what if you’re a stickler for appearances and can’t bear the sight of cutaway stabilizer on the back of your project? The tutorial offers some clever techniques to make it less visible. One method involves embroidering the design onto a separate piece of fabric, which is then appliquéd onto the main fabric. Another technique uses organza as a base for the embroidery, which is then stitched onto the main fabric. Both methods result in a neat finish, free from the sight of cutaway stabilizer.
The tutorial also touches upon the use of cutaway stabilizers on different types of fabric like towels and T-shirts. It even recommends specific brands and weights of stabilizers to use for optimal results.