Embroider-along Part 2: Stabilizers and Materials
Welcome to Part 2 of my Embroider-along. In Part 1 we discussed the four basics of machine embroidery. Hi, my name is Sue O’Very, BERNINA Ambassador and machine embroidery expert. Today, I will teach you about the relationship between stabilizers and materials.
Stabilizers and Materials
Did someone say material? If you are like me you love to feel fabric, touch something soft and watch the project come to life while stitching it. Machine embroidering on various types of materials and watching the design come to life and stitching perfectly is exactly the same. When you’ve done it right, it’s magical!
Today we will discuss the four types of materials and some basic stabilizers to use on them:
- Knit—Cut Away with Wash Away on top
- Woven—Tear Away
- Napped fabrics:
- Woven —Tear Away with Wash Away on top
- Stretch—Lightweight Cut Away with Wash Away on top
- Sheer—Wash Away
What is a knit? During my Embroider-along I will refer to anything that has stretch to it as a knit. I would say the most popular knit material in the world today is a T-Shirt. This is probably the most popular when it comes to stabilizers and materials. They are a lot of fun to embroider on and make for fantastic personalized gifts. We will discuss different weights of knits such as baby Onesies, ladies T-Shirts and polo shirts.
If a knit is a material which stretches, a woven would be a material which doesn’t stretch. Woven materials are considered to be more structured. Consider a kitchen towel, pillow case and denim. Even though each of these materials is a woven, I will show you how it’s important to use the correct type of stabilizer to get the best results.
This might be my favorite type of material to stitch on. Napped fabrics are anything with a pile or loft. My go-to example is a bathroom towel. Thick and fluffy! Another popular material for machine embroidery would be Luxe Cuddle® Rose by Shannon Fabrics. This fabric is super soft and makes beautiful things like blankets, pillows and even stuffed animals. Depending on the type of material I will guide you to use the perfect stabilizer.
Sheer material is a nice general term for anything you can see through. When it comes to stabilizers and materials for sheer, the materials are very different. The type of stabilizer though is very much the same. Sheer materials can be tricky. If you use too much stabilizer the material will become stiff and if you use too little the material will pucker. I will cover these different materials and I will show you some fun projects which can be made with them, such as a Organza, Pet Screen and even the classic Handkerchief.
What is next?
Over the next four Embroider-along blog posts I will show you how to properly select stabilizers and materials for perfect stitching results. This next portion will begin with knit materials, move to woven materials, then onto napped materials and complete these stabilizers and materials lesson with sheer materials.
Here is the Embroider-along schedule:
- Embroider-Along Part 1: Intro four most popular materials for machine embroidery
- Embroider-Along Part 2: Stabilizer and Materials
- Embroider-Along Part 3: Needles and Thread
- Embroider-Along Part 4: Placement and Hooping for Machine Embroidery
- Embroider-Along Part 5: How to Embroider on Knits
- Embroider-Along Part 6: How to Embroider on Woven Materials
- Embroider-Along Part 7: How to Embroider on Napped Fabrics
- Embroider-Along Part 8: How to Embroider on Sheer Materials
- Embroider-Along Part 9: How to Embroider on a Ladies T-shirt
- Embroider-Along Part 10: How to Embroider on a Pillow Case
- Embroider-Along Part 11: How to Embroider on Luxe Cuddle® Rose
- Embroider-Along Part 12: How to Embroider on a Pet Screen
Which material are you most curious about? Let me know in the comments below and please ask any questions you might have about stabilizers and materials.
Until next time I hope you have a creative day, bye-bye!