• Lightweight tear-away (e.g. Sulky Tear Easy) for light/medium weight designs on stable fabric. On heavier designs the needle holes will act like perforations so the stabiliser will start to come away and no longer support the stitching.
  • Soluble (e.g. Sulky Solvy – available in various weights) for sheer or lightweight fabrics where it is undesirable to leave stabiliser in. Also used as a topping for pile fabrics to prevent stitches sinking in.
  • Iron-on tear-away (e.g. Sulky Totally Stable) for stretchy fabrics where ironing is OK. A stick-on tear-away (e.g. Sulky Sticky) or a normal tear-away/cut-away + spray adhesive (e.g. 505) are alternatives where the fabric pile would be crushed by ironing.
  • Cut-away (e.g. Sulky Super Strong Cut Away) for medium/heavy weight stretchy fabrics or dense designs on any fabric. Sulky make other lighter weight cut-aways but I have yet to find them in the UK.
  • Gill’s Fine Sheer Fusible interfacing won’t act as a stabiliser by itself but if you fuse a piece to a stretchy fabric so the stretch directions are at right angles you will get better results than using a stabiliser alone.
  • No stabiliser – with a hooping product, such as Husqvarna’s Hoop Ease, fine fabrics can be held so firmly that you may need no stabiliser for some designs.

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