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From: kikistl
Date: 09-07-2004, 01:07 PM (1 of 4)
Hi I am new to machine embroidery. I your opinion, What is the best stabilizer to use? Should you use different ones for diff fabric?
Thanks for your help
User: kikistl
Member since: 09-06-2004
Total posts: 1
From: allie-oops
Date: 09-07-2004, 01:49 PM (2 of 4)
Hi Kiki, yes, you do use different stabilizers for different fabrics, and also for different types of designs. What kind of machine do you have? There are yahoo groups for every kind of machine out there. Just go to, click on groups, and type in your type of machine.

Here's an article on stabilizers to get you started:
"onward through the fog"
User: allie-oops
Member since: 10-25-2002
Total posts: 282
From: Chrysantha
Date: 09-07-2004, 01:52 PM (3 of 4)
You use different stabilizers for different fabrics and embroideries.
Sticky for t-shirts and fabric that shifts or you don't want marks on. Then I always add to that. I prefer med-hvy cutaway and polymesh. It all depends on what you're doing...Embroidery Machine Essentials by Twigg is a good book to have if you're new to machine embrodiery. Also ask at your local sewing/quilting shop. They're always happy to help.
User: Chrysantha
Member since: 09-06-2002
Total posts: 2414
From: sewnfrenzy
Date: 09-09-2004, 02:05 PM (4 of 4)
I learned a secret form the gal I bought my machine from. Always use three layers of stabilizer on every project. One in the hoop, then slide two layer more up under the hoop after inserting it into the machine. It makes a big difference.

So much Fabric, so little time.
User: sewnfrenzy
Member since: 11-06-2001
Total posts: 39
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