Cutaway stabilizers are probably not something we tend to use every day but we would not be tempted to exclude these useful stabilizers from our stash.
As mentioned in part 1 of this series, there are times when a tearaway stabilizer may not be the best choice for a particular design and/or fabric:
- If the fabric is too delicate, sheer or stretchy to tear away the stabilizer, a cutaway is indicated.
- If the digitizing is dense and the fabric needs a built-in support which will remain after the embroidery is complete. Cutaway is a good choice as excess stabilizer can be carefully cut away behind the embroidery but the bulk of it remains in place to support the fabric and stitches.
- Cutaway often looks like a soft mesh type non-woven and comes in different colours – usually black & white are the most common. As the edges of this stabilizer will be seen at the back of the embroidery, it is a good idea to match the colour of stabilizer to fabric. I remember rather ruining an unlined knit fabric coat which did hang open when unbuttoned: I used white cutaway as I had no black at the time. The coat was black. Bad choice as I hardly ever wore the coat due to the white stabilizer edges showing!
- I have also sometimes used cutaway stabilizers on children’s clothing, linens and blankets/quilts when I knew the item would be washed and used/worn many times. Sometimes a little extra support to the embroidery allows for the item to look its best for a longer period!
Part 4 in our Stabilizer Savvy Series follows next week.