Stabilizer for Hand Embroidery
How I use Sulky water soluble stabilizer to transfer embroidery patterns to fabric
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I get a lot of questions about what product I use when I embroider my designs onto fabric. I use the medium weight Sulky water soluble stabilizer. This comes in three different weights, but I’ve found most success with the medium weight one! It’s a wash away stabilizer that dissolves in water.
I started using this stabilizer when I felt like I couldn’t get my exact design I had drawn up for my pet portraits onto the fabric. I used to use my ipad or a light box to transfer the stencil I drew, but for highly detailed pieces of embroidery it just doesn’t transfer as well when you do that. I came across this one day at the craft store and was super excited to use it.
What I like about it:
It’s thin enough that it isn’t hard to stitch through, and it basically feels like you’re only stitching through plain fabric. (I’ve tried a few other stabilizers that leave residue on your needle and are hard to stitch through)
It’s durable and I’ve never had it tear or dissolve while I was drawing on it or stitching on it. (NOTE: I have tried the lightweight stabilizer and this one does tear more easily and dissolves a little if you handle it too much. This has not been the case with the medium weight one though!)
This stabilizer is completely transparent, making it super easy and convenient to transfer patterns onto it.
You can tear the stabilizer away from your pattern and then rinse off any small remaining pieces of it once you are finished.
Unlike paper stabilizers, no stabilizer remains and it is easily dissolves when rinsed with water.
I have noticed that when you use this, the fabric and embroidery becomes somewhat stiff once you wash the stabilizer off. If you are embroidering on clothes, keep that in mind!
Make sure to use a marker that doesn’t bleed when you wash the stencil away. I use microns but I’m always careful to not leave any of the marker exposed around the image, as every now and then the ink will bleed
I really have no complaints about this product other than the two above! I use this stabilizer for pretty much every embroidery I do nowadays because it makes it so easy! I think it’s so important to have a solid stencil/design when you start your embroidery piece and this really makes a world of difference. Let me know what you think about it if you decide to give it a try! Or if you have any other products you like!