How To Use Tear-away Stabilizer

Are you confused as to what is the best way to use tear-away stabilizers? Tear-away stabilizers are the stabilizers designed for machine embroidery work and are preferable often for fabrics. As the name suggests, it will tear away from your needlework after its completion.

They are similar to cut away stabilizers, not exactly but somehow, and are ideal ones when the fabric you are using requires support while stitching. Some tear aways are fusible and applied at the front while some are applied at the back.

Tear away is the easily accessible and famous stabilizers for distinct needleworks. But, the main question arrives as how to use them? What is the appropriate manner to use and when? Several types of tear-away stabilizers are there and you need to check which one to use and when.

Here we have got your back as in this article; you will acknowledge some ways to use tear-away stabilizers for different purposes.

How To Use Tear-away Stabilizer

Tear-away Stabilizer use

As the tear-away stabilizers are arriving in distinct weights and you can use the one layer of your tear-away stabilizer or even the multiple layers for the tighter stabilizing of your fabric. You can also apply some spray adhesive to the tear away to make it highly firm so that your fabric won’t move.

Try choosing the bi-directional or the multi-directional tear-away stabilizer for easy removal on the completion of your work. Before using it properly, you need to check if the tear-away fibers run appropriately in all directions.

Hold it up and test its wearability by tearing it from both directions. If it gets pulled away in one direction, then it’s challenging to remove but if not, then it is easy to remove. They are basically for embroidering on any firm fabrics like silk, light-weight cotton, canvas, etc. You can also use it for the sheer fabrics as it’s easy to detach on completion.

Being one of the quickest and easiest to remove stabilizers among others, they are good in the hoops projects or the project to finish early.

Let’s have a detailed structure of how to use the tear-away stabilizer and when.

What Tear-away Stabilizer To Use And How?

1. Iron-On Tear-Away Stabilizer

Iron-On Tear-Away Stabilizer

Iron on tear away is an excellent trick for the medium to the heavier knit fabrics. You need to iron the tear-away stabilizer over the material you will use for your needlework. They are the preferred ones to stabilize knits so that they would not stretch while you are embroidering.

They are like the common tear away but become fusible when ironed over the fabric. Remember, if you are using a knit or stretchable fabric, stabilize the stabilizer with the iron-on tear away before treating the material as woven.

While using the iron-on tear-away stabilizer, you need to ensure that it is a bit larger than the hoop so that your fabric won’t stretch away. You can also mark the lines over the material to be sure that it forms square when hooped. Iron-on makes it easy to maintain the fabric and the stabilizer while hooping without distorting or stretching it. Also, they prevent the grain shifting occurs while stitching, mainly when stitching the large area.

You should avoid using the iron-on stabilizer on the firmly packed stitches, as it will be challenging to remove it from there.

2. Tear Away For Toppings

Tear-away Stabilizer

Tear away for toppings are the other type of tear-away stabilizers. They are used over the top of embroidery fabrics like velvet to prevent their stitches from falling into the fabric’s nap. You can use heat, dry cover-up, or melt it as suitable for this type of stabilizer.

Toppings are also intended to be used on the top instead of underneath the fabric. It is so because to prevent the stitches from getting lost in the pile or dense nap, like for toweling, velvets, etc., the dry cover-up is the ideal plastic-like film that arrives in multiple color shades and keeps the fabric from shoring through its embroidery.

You can heat and melt it always as they are non-permanent ones but dissolve when ironed.

3. Adhesive Tear Away

Tear-away Stabilizer

Did you ever use adhesive tear-away stabilizers? Adhesive tearaways are excellent ones for your needlework but are difficult to the hoop or the stretch knits. There are two adhesive tear-away stabilizers, including the stick and peel and the hydro stick stabilizer.

The stick and peel stabilizer peels off the sheet of the gluey paper you use by removing it to reveal the adhesive. Stick and peel is the type of adhesive tear away that is indeed a sheet of sticky paper. You need to hoop the complete piece of it and then remove the protective paper from beneath the hoop.

You can then lie the fabric that is to be embroidered over the hoops top or the smooth surface. The adhesive will keep your fabric firm and intact.

The other adhesive tear away is the hydro stick stabilizer that is the alternative to self-adhesive embroidery work where the needle is glued. It is available in light and heavyweights.

Tear-away Stabilizer use

It becomes sticky when it gets wet and can be repositioned often. Again, when wet, too, it can be released. The hydro stick allows you to stick and secure the fabrics or articles you use for decoration that are somehow difficult to hoop in the standard way.

You can use a hydro stick instead of the stick backings, peel, and messy adhesive sprays. It leaves no gummy residue over the hoops, needles, or the machine. It is an eco-friendly and natural one that gets washed away quickly, leaving no stain. You can also re-moisten it by repositioning the fabric. It somehow becomes sticky when wet but can be transferred.

Adhesive tearaways are ideal for tiny to hoop items like neckties, bags, napped fabrics like velvet, baby blanks, and other products that may ruin by hooping, including silk and vinyl towels, leather, etc.

Using this, these fabrics don’t stretch during the embroidering process. Use this stabilizer when the positioning is critical as it holds the material intact, allowing it to reposition.

Position the fabric as per the starting point you marked on it and checked the positioning by the design outline. If you are not satisfied, you can even reposition it without re-hopping it.

Some More Tips On How To Use Tear-away Stabilizers

When sewing the larger stitch complex design, you can use some layers of the medium or lightweight tear-aways instead of the heavy one. You can then tear away from each layer correctly from the design.

While using more than a single layer of it, only hoop a single layer with the fabric and then place the other layer beneath the embroidery hoop for proper stability. You can also use the spray adhesive to keep it intact.

How To Remove The Tear-away Stabilizer?

Tear away the stabilizer carefully from the backside of your embroidery design by pulling it gently and slowly, without any rush. Also, don’t pull and stretch the fabric.

You can also spray on one side of the stabilizer with some temporary adhesive spray to make it firm to hold the fabric more securely. When they are used in the hoop works, they sometimes are left behind after tearing out.

These are known as wispies, fuzzies, or pokies. To remove them, you can use tweezers and pull them out; otherwise, with a permanent pen of the same color of your stitch thread or fabric, color over them.

To ensure that the embroidery won’t shift while stitching, pin the fabric with the stabilizer. Remember, you should keep the pins faraway from the sewing area. Alternatively, use the basting stitches on the materials that stitches or staples won’t mark.



I'm Jessica Flores, a professional fashion designer and an expert seamstress. Crafting has always been a deep-seated passion of mine, one that has flourished and evolved over the years. I've dedicated considerable time to both studying and practicing in the realm of fashion and sewing, amassing a wealth of experience and skills. It brings me great joy to share these insights and experiences with you all, hoping to inspire and foster a similar passion for the art of sewing.

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