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Written by Debbie Lomas on March 23, 2022

Serious Stabiliser Speak - Tear-A-Way

One of the fundamental elements of embroidery is using a stabiliser to prevent puckering and stretching of fabric during the stitching process. The essential component come in a variety of forms and can make or break an embroidery project.

Stabilisers are classified by the method used to remove the excess from the back of the project after the design has been stitched. The three most common types are:

  • Tear-A-Way
  • Cut-A-Way
  • Wash-A-Way

Although there is also some specialty stabiliser which are a crossover of these products.

In this Serious Stabiliser Speak series, we will look at each product individually and discover their best uses.

Inspira Tear-a-Way stabiliser is a stabiliser that is designed to be used as a backing on stable woven fabrics. During the embroidery process the stabiliser is perforated, making it easy to remove. Very little residue is left around the edges. The stabiliser left under the stitches will eventually wash away.

Directions for use:

Cut a piece of Inspira Tear-a-Way stabiliser large enough for the selected hoop (hoop dimension plus at least 1” on all four sides). Hoop fabric and stabiliser together, pulling them taut in hoop. For high stitch count embroidery designs, support, float another layer of Inspira Tear-a-Way stabiliser between the hoop and machine for additional support. Stitch the embroidery. Remove the stabiliser, although the stabiliser should perforate during embroidery, pull gently to remove any remaining fibres.

Best Applications:

Embroideries with medium to high stitch counts, built-in decorative stitches, applique.

Medium to heavyweight woven fabrics, corduroy, or other napped fabrics and felt.

This stabiliser is needed in every sewing toolbox!  Available in two sizes 12” and 20” to suit all hoop sizes.

Purchase some online here to receive a 10% discount with the coupon code Tear-A-Way-10 or at your local retailer today!*

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*Special valid until April 6, 2022.

Article written by Debbie Lomas
Debbie started her career working in a fabric store at the age of 20. She quickly moved into selling machines and teaching. After working with VSM for a number of years, she travelled to many craft shows around Australia teaching a variety of classes including the new love of her life, quilting and patchwork.

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