by pennyhal2 12 Aug 2017

I had bought some tearaway/washaway stabilizer a few years ago. I had used it in a project but it did not tearaway cleanly, so I didn't use it again. When I asked around about it, I found out that the paper did washaway but left fibers underneath the stitching...but the paper part was left behind as lint like Klenex. I thought they were joking so I tried it out...and they were right! Fortunately, I had put a piece of it in an enclosed pouch and when I opened it what looked like a Klenex blizzard was inside. This wasn't what I was

thinking about when I bought a huge roll of it.

Any suggestions about how to deal with this stabilizer?


by peafarm 02 Sep 2017

I purchased some of that and like it for the tear a way properties. Any little fibers should not be a problems any more than all the lint in dryer from cotton fabrics and should even be less due to the rest of it being captured in the heavy bobbin thread layer.

by cfidl 13 Aug 2017

I like this product for towels. The wash away tear away is great for anything that will be washed a lot. Yes it may not be perfect at the time of give away, however it will look great after a couple washings.

by turtleowl 13 Aug 2017

This stabilizer is made for ITH quilt blocks. After the blocks are assembled and washed what remains is soft and becomes part of the batting.

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pennyhal2 by pennyhal2 13 Aug 2017

Thank for letting me know. I'm a quilter at heart too. Now I'm going to try that! I was wondering if it wouldn't "wad up" inside the quilt block. Maybe I'll experiment with different densities of quilting and see what happens.

by airyfairy 13 Aug 2017

Penny, I also would not use it again. Just not worth it

by Sewmum1 12 Aug 2017

I have a roll of tear away that sounds a bit like that. It is not washaway though and was quite expensive too. I just use it on projects where the stabiliser will not be visible from the front and it is not enclosed that way after a few washes it will hopefully have disappeared.

graceandham by graceandham 12 Aug 2017

Plumbing bill in your future? Don't wash too much of it at a time!

sewist1 by sewist1 12 Aug 2017

If you tearaway right back to the stitching there shouldn't be any problems with the laundering. Any left would be under the stitching.

Sewmum1 by Sewmum1 edited 13 Aug 2017

Oops yes should have clarified to tear away the excess first. The little fuzzies left behind will wash away after a while. LOL

pennyhal2 by pennyhal2 13 Aug 2017

I did a sample and found that tearing it away from the stitching is a chore. It's one of those things that sound easier said than done.

by graceandham 12 Aug 2017

Trash it and chalk it up to experience. Never purchase that line of products again!

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pennyhal2 by pennyhal2 13 Aug 2017