by jrob Moderator 16 Jun 2008

Stabilizer chart requested by Martine:


by holly12 03 Sep 2012

Thank you. Arlene

by nancygiroir 03 Sep 2012

thank you very much!

by brendaleas 03 Sep 2012


by designgirl 07 Dec 2009

Thank you so much , this is very useful information.

by marthie 07 Dec 2009

How can I go about to save your chart? Thank your for the info.

jrob by jrob 07 Dec 2009

Just left click and pull your mouse down to the end to highlight what you want. Right click the click on "COPY". Then open a word document and and right click, then click on paste and save in your documents or wherever you keep such things.;)

marthie by marthie 07 Dec 2009

Thanks you. Tried to do it, but the Paste does not light up.could not do it.

pennyhal by pennyhal 03 Sep 2012

Highlight, then go Edit, Save As. Then just go to the folder you want to save it in. Doesn't have to be a Word doc.

jrob by jrob 03 Sep 2012

Penny this was from 2009, but thank you for the suggestion. ;)

by gerryvb 07 Dec 2009

thank you!

by ejtads 07 Dec 2009

Thank you for this reference guide!

by sandynavas 07 Dec 2009


by ginghamgoose 22 Jun 2009

Thanks for this chart - I have copied and printed it and will consult it each time I do a project - Thanks for taking the time to enlighten some of us new embroiderers!

by asterixsew Moderator 22 Jun 2009

Though this was put up ages and ages ago THANKS, I will print this very useful info out and save it in a handy place by my machine

by iris2006 22 Jun 2009

I missed this a year ago, don't know how that is possible, but I copied it into a word document and printed it out to save it next to my machine. Thanks a lot Jerrilyn, very handy

by jjjj 22 Jun 2009

Many many thanks for this great guide. It's now copied and pasted into same file as my designs. I'll know where it is then and can refer to it often.

by dlmds 22 Jun 2009

Jrob, that is alot of info. Thank you. H&*.

by marjialexa Moderator 22 Jun 2009

ttt again

by amazinggrace 22 Jun 2009

A huge "Thank You" from one of the new girls! This is so useful I've printed it off stored the sheets in plastic wallets in the front of my designs folder. So no more excuses from me as to why my design didn't work!

by gayle950 22 Jun 2009

thanks, this can be soo confusing

by jacquipaul 22 Jun 2009

Merci; *4u!

by blhamblen 21 Jun 2009

How did I miss this a year ago??? It sure has come in handy since I read it today!!! THANX for sharing these IMPORTANT facts:)

by toet 21 Jun 2009

Have been reading tips,bringing this back to the top ,very helpful.**********

by newipswich 17 Jun 2008

jrob, you deserve a whole bouquet for sharing this!
I just printed it out and will put it into a sheet protector for a quick & easy guide. Thanks so much!!

by debbierussell 17 Jun 2008

thank you jrob so much*4u

by giddygoat 17 Jun 2008

Thanks jrob for sharing this really useful information.

by katydid 16 Jun 2008

We need to keep this ready to answerer at a moments notice

katydid by katydid 16 Jun 2008

Flowers to all!!

mops by mops 17 Jun 2008

That's why I printed it out and keep it next to my machine.

by lbrow 16 Jun 2008

thanks jrob. That will come in handy *4U

by jrob Moderator 16 Jun 2008

most welcome!;)

by dkjack 16 Jun 2008

Thank jrob.

by auntbaba 16 Jun 2008

Thanks Jdri. That's a great chart! *4U

by shirleysisson 16 Jun 2008

Thanks jrob - I have saved this now. *4U

by pafhen 16 Jun 2008

Thanks jrob, this will come in handy

by mad14kt 16 Jun 2008

This is GREAT ;)

by ezzemml 16 Jun 2008

Thanks jrob

by mops Moderator 16 Jun 2008

Thank you, that was quick. I saved it way back, but there so many questions about stabilizer I am glad all the newcomers can see it too. And the new lay out is a great improvement. Hugs and flowers.

jrob by jrob 16 Jun 2008

You're welcome, I keep it right at my fingertips so I don't have to try and remember.;)

katydid by katydid 16 Jun 2008

Good job!!

mops by mops 17 Jun 2008

I printed it out and laminated it to keep it nice and handy.

by jrob Moderator 16 Jun 2008

Stabilizer & Fabric Matching Guide
This stabilizer and fabric matching guide will help you make the right stabilizer choice based on the weight, quality, and type of fabric that you are using.

When fabric is produced, manufacturers don't anticipate that anything will be added to it. When we're adding the weight and tension of thread and stitches to fabric, that fabric needs to be made stronger and more "stable" with stabilizer. If the fabric isn't stabilized appropriately, you can experience many headaches, such as poor registration, design segments not lining up, density problems, puckering, gapping, and more.

There are a few rules that can be summarized here: The heavier the fabric you have, the lighter the stabilizer you need. The weaker/lighter the fabric you have, the heavier stabilizer the you need. One layer of stabilizer is appropriate for 99.9% of projects, and two pieces of tear-away stabilizer is not a good choice when the fabric is best served by one piece of cutaway.

If you are sewing on a flimsy fabric with a stabilizer that is too weak, you'll see gapping, poor registration, puckering, and other embroidery "nightmares." Conversely, if you are sewing on a heavy fabric with heavy stabilizer, the result will be bulky, and you're making the machine and needle work harder than what it needs to.

Avoid embroidery headaches -- choose the right stabilizer every time with this guide!
Type Fabric Quality Stabilizer Choice
Canvas Durable, heavy, coarse Tear-away; if heavy canvas, no stabilizer necessary
If cap, and cap has buckram, then no stabilizer necessary
Corduroy Heavy, textured, ribbed, tight weave Tear-away if heavy; cut-away if lightweight; heat-dissipating to avoid wetting fabric
Denim Heavy, strong, smooth, tight weave tear-away; if heavy denim no stabilizer necessary
Drill Strong, tightly woven, used in suits, pants, gloves Tear-away
Duck Heavy, tightly woven. Used in awnings, tents, clothing, tote bags Tear-away if thicker, cut-away if thinner, no backing necessary if very thick
Flannel Woven, nap on one or both sides Cut-away
Gauze Sheer, loosely woven, stretchy Cut-away, with spray adhesive
Gingham Light-weight, woven knit Cut-away
Muslin Woven, coarse Cut-away with adhesive, or sticky back
Organdy Thin, slippery Cut-away with adhesive
Percale Closely woven, light weight Cut-away
Pique (golf shirt) Stretchy, woven, porous knit Cut-away, topping optional
Poplin Woven, twill Cut-away, possibly tear-away depending on weight
Sateen Cotton fabric with a satin weave Cut-away
Seersucker Lightweight cotton, textured, bumpy Cut-away with adhesive
Sweater (light-weight) Smooth, stretchy Cut-away with adhesive
Sweater (heavy-weight) Thick, stretchy Cut-away with adhesive
Sweatshirt Smooth, stretchy Cut-away
T-shirt Cut-away or tear-away depending on quality
Terrycloth Looped fabric, high pile Cutaway or tear-away, topping
Velveteen Cotton fabric with velvet-like pile Sticky-back Cutaway
Wool (Alpaca, Mohair, Angora, Camel, Cashmere, Vicuna)
Broadcloth Loose weave, sturdy cut-away
Felt Lightweight, entangled not woven cut-away
Flannel Soft, lightweight, nap on one or both sides cut-away
Gabardine Tightly woven twill, smooth cut-away
Herringbone Tightly woven twill, textured cut-away
Jersey Knit, lightweight cut-away
Merino Soft, fine, smooth cut-away
Oatmeal Durable, textured, lightweight, soft cut-away
Sharkskin Woven, shiny, smooth cut-away
Tweed Woven, textured, rough and flexible cut-away
Silk (strongest natural fiber, oldest textile, fibers harvested from cocoon of silkworm)
Brocade Woven, usually with manufactured/man-made fibers tear-away
Chiffon Transparent, lightweight, thin tear-away
Dupioni Lightweight, uneven threads result in “raw” appearance tear-away
Organza Sheer, lightweight, thin tear-away, light spray adhesive if necessary
Broadcloth Lightweight, sturdy, crisp cut-away
Linen “Raw” appearance cut-away with spray adhesive or sticky-back
Satin Satin weave on one side cut-away with spray adhesive or sticky-back
Linen (from flax, strong, 2-3 times the strength of cotton, sturdy, smooth, lint-free)
Butcher’s Linen Sturdy, heavy, used for sturdy clothing (aprons) and can be used as interfacing cut-away
Damask Patterned weave cut-away
Venise Thin damask, patterned cut-away
Acetate Lightweight, resilient cut-away
Acrylic Lightweight, thin cut-away
Polar Fleece Lightweight, breathable polyester cut-away
Nylon Strong, elastic, smooth cut-away, with spray adhesive or sticky-back
Polyester Strong, stretchy cut-away, with spray adhesive or sticky-back
Rayon Strong, soft, silky, lightweight tear-away
Spandex Elastic, stretchy, used in exercise clothing, hosiery cut-away, with spray adhesive or sticky-back
Leather Durable, smooth, strong cut-away for thinner, like lambskin; tearaway for thicker, like cowhide
Suede Smooth, durable, low nap, possible texture, possible stretch cut-away for thinner; tear-away for thicker,
Velvet Smooth, nap of varying heights, possible stretch Sticky-back, heat-dissipating to avoid wetting fabric, topping

jrob by jrob 16 Jun 2008

love that we can use paragraphs, makes these easier to read.;)

jrob by jrob 16 Jun 2008

shoot, I forgot to change it from general to tips, so I put tips in the other area.

jayemcee46 by jayemcee46 16 Jun 2008

thanx jrob - didn't realise it could be so complicated! But lots of useful info which I have saved and will print out and keep handy. Jo

marjialexa by marjialexa 22 Jun 2009

This deserves a reprise for the newbies (and some of us old-bies that forget, hee hee hee) Thanks, Jerrilyn!!

shirlener88 by shirlener88 14 Jun 2010

as always, thanks Jerrilyn.