OESD Stabilizers

The reason for using backing is to stabilize the design you are sewing on the garment. This is the foundation of your design. We all know that if we don't have a good foundation in any walk of life or project, the whole thing will come out wrong. If you build a skyscraper, you better have a good foundation. This also applies to a large stitch count. The more stitches your design has, the more backing you will need. If you only have a light weight backing, use several layers of backing. Four is not too many. You will have to use some common sense judgment on this. Sometimes multiple layers of backing is better than using one layer of a heavier backing.

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Write down the product numbers and the quantities you want. Call us at 800-840-4275 or email us at orders@sews.com. Make sure you include your name, complete address, and phone number in the email. We will contact you for your payment information. Do not include your credit card information with your order.

OESD Cut-Away | OESD Tear-Away | OESD Water Soluble | OESD Specialty

Stabilizer 101 Stabilizer 101: At last there is a quick reference booklet that takes the mystery out of stabilizer use. OESD created a superlative "at a glance" chart that quickly identifies stabilizer use according to fabric and design type. This booklet is well worth the modest cost for you to be assured of stunning embroidery results.

Product #1036541 Cost: $3.00


Use OESD's Cut-Away stabilizers whenever fabric to be embroidered has stretch to it, including knits of any kind, fabrics that are loosely woven, and fabrics that stretch such as denim. (Jeans stretch, therefore, denim needs Cut-Away.) Different weights of OESD Cut-Away are provided for different weights of fabrics and types of designs. OESD Cut-Away will hold many stitches compared to Tear-Away, therefore, if a design is dense, Cut-Away may be used on woven fabrics, too. As the name suggests, after embroidering the excess must be cut away.

Heavy Weight Cut-Away
Heavy Weight Cut-Away
Heavyweight cut-away is the top selling weight for commercial embroiderers. Cut-away will stabilize thousands of stitches and still maintain a soft drapable finish. A must for all fabrics that stretch such as knits and sweatshirt fabric.
Item No. Description Price
1016217 Heavy Weight Cut-Away 10" x 10 Yards - White $15.00
1016272 Heavy Weight Cut-Away 10" x 10 Yards - Black $19.94
1037199 Heavy Weight Cut-Away 20" x 10 Yards - White $29.99

Medium Weight Cut-Away
  • Use with most light to medium weight fabrics
  • Low to medium stitch count
  • Will not stretch in any direction
  • 10" x 10 yards - 2.0 oz
Item No. Description Price
1038826 Medium Weight Cut-Away 10" x 10 Yards - White $17.99

PolyMesh Cut-Away
PolyMesh Cut-Away
Poly Mesh helps control stabilizer show-through behind light colored fabrics. It stabilizes embroidery stitches yet remains soft next to the skin. Use as you would any cut-away stabilizer. Remove by cutting away excess. Hoop one or two pieces with your garment depending on the density of your design, the more stitches you have, the more stabilizer you will need.
Item No. Description Price
1016221 PolyMesh 10" x 10 yards - White $17.99
1037301 PolyMesh 10" x 10 yards - Black $21.95
1037198 PolyMesh 20" x 10 Yards - White $31.00

Fusible PolyMesh Cut-Away
Fusible PolyMesh Cut-Away
  • Lightweight cut-away stabilizer with fusible adhesive.
  • Prevents stabilizer show through.
  • Great for baby garments.
  • Use against sensitive skin to avoid skin irritation.
  • 10" by 10 yards
Item No. Description Price
1038394 Fusible PolyMesh Cut-Away 10" by 10 yards $23.00

Stabil-Stick Cut-Away
StabilStick Cut-Away
The perfect use for Stabil-Stick Cut-Away is for large designs that require multiple hoopings. The previously sewn section can easily be placed exactly where it needs to be without risking any shifting. Stabil-Stick Cut-Away is also perfect for knits that cannot be hooped.
Item No. Description Price
1036263 StabilStick Cut-Away 10" x 10 Yards - White $42.00

FiberForm Heavy Weight Cut-Away
Fiber Form Cut-Away
Use FiberForm for a variety of sewing and crafting projects. This firm interfacing is perfect for fabric boxes and bowls, hat brims, or any other project that needs a firm supportive base. FiberForm holds its shape well, yet is easy to manipulate and is easily machine stitched. It can be effortlessly trimmed with scissors or a rotary cutter.
Item No. Description Price
1033458 FiberForm Heavy Weight Cut-Away 18" x 22" $6.99

Top Cover Cut-Away
Top Cover Cut-Away
  • Prevents show through on contrasting embroidery
  • Great for fleece and textured fabrics
  • Includes 5 White, 5 Black and 4 Ivory Sheets
  • 8" x 9" Cut Pieces
Item No. Description Price
1035587 Top Cover Cut-Away 8" x 9" 14 Sheets $11.99

Fuse & Fleece Cut-Away
  • Lightweight Fusible Fleece
  • Creates loft in embroidered items
  • Use in layers to create more loft
  • 10" x 5 yards
Item No. Description Price
1039156 Fuse & Fleece Cut-Away 10" by 5 yards $15.00
1040629 Fuse & Fleece Cut-Away 15" by 5 yards $24.99

Gentle Touch Cut-Away
Gentle Touch Cut-Away
  • For backing on embroidery that may be abrasive to sensitive skin
  • For covering uncomfortable seams
  • 10" by 5 yards
Item No. Description Price
1040490 Gentle Touch Cut-Away 10" by 5 yards $16.00

Fusible Woven Cut-Away
Fusible Woven Cut-Away Fusible Woven Cut-Away
OESD Fusible Woven Embroidery Lining. Lightweight woven fabric with all over fusible. Adds body to light and medium weight fabrics. Helps to prevent fabric puckering. Ideal for large embroidery designs or multi-hooped projects. Use in combination with tear away or cut away stabilizer.
Item No. Description Price
1046703 Fusible Woven Cut-Away 5" x 15 Yards $29.99
1048507 Black Fusible Woven Cut-Away 5" x 15 YardsNew $31.99
1046702 Fusible Woven Cut-Away 20" x 25 Yards $37.99
1048509 Black Fusible Woven Cut-Away 20" x 25 YardsNew $39.99

Tear Away

Tear-Away is suitable for stable fabrics that have no stretch. Use Tear-Away on tightly woven fabrics such as quilt fabrics, poly/cotton fabrics, canvas, and duck cloth. It can also be used on vinyl and leather. As the name implies, Tear-Away can be torn away after the embroidery is completed. While holding the embroidered part of the fabric, gently tear "away" from the stitches. Do not tear "into" the stitches. All of OESD's Tear-Aways have a non-directional tear, meaning they will tear easily into any direction. This alleviates the need for criss-crossing when using multiple layers.

Stabil-Stick Tear-Away
StabilStick Tear-Away
Stabil-Stick Tear-Away has the same pressure sensitive adhesive as the Stabil-Stick Cut-Away. It can be used for stable fabrics that cannot be hooped such as towels, bags, collar points, cuffs, etc.
Item No. Description Price
1035583 Stabil-Stick Tear-Away 10" x 10 Yards - White $35.99

Stabil-Stick Template Sheets
StabilStick Template Sheets
  • Easily line up continuous designs for quilting and borders
  • Use template sheets to preview design placement
  • Sheets are reusable and repositionable
  • Template stays put until moved
  • Translucent for precise placement of design on fabric, quilt or lining up with other embroidery
  • No residue left on fabric
  • Perfect for multi-hooping projects
  • Print on ink jet or laser printer
  • 8.5" by 11" cut pieces (25 sheets)
Item No. Description Price
1048178 Stabil-Stick Template Sheets 8.5" x 11" 25 Sheets $25.99

Ultra Clean and Tear
Ultra Clean and Tear
Ultra Clean and Tear is the perfect weight for embroidering on 100% Cotton Quilting fabric for creating embroidered quilts that can be passed on to friends and family. Cut sheets of Ultra Clean and Tear can be used in a printer for foundation piecing. Ultra Clean and Tear is a medium weight stabilizer that can be easily torn away, producing a beautiful embroidery design and maintaining a soft feel. After the embroidered project is washed, Ultra Clean and Tear will eventually disintegrate.
Item No. Description Price
1024723 Ultra Clean and Tear 10" x 10 Yards - White $13.99
1035582 Ultra Clean and Tear 15" x 10 Yards - White $19.99

Ultra Clean and Tear Plus
Ultra Clean and Tear
  • A high quality medium weight tear-away, wash-away stabilizer with a water soluble adhesive coating
  • Use on hard-to-hoop items such as collars, napkin corners and towels
  • Use on tightly woven and slippery fabrics that do not stretch
  • Ideal for projects that require multiple hoopings
  • Easily removed without distorting even the most delicate stitches
Item No. Description Price
1048177 Ultra Clean and Tear 15" x 10 Yards - White $49.99

Heavyweight Tear-Away
Heavyweight Tear-Away
Easily supports stitch-intensive designs on woven, no-stretch fabrics. The stiff, crisp texture gives extra support when embroidering softer fabrics. Ideal for designs with large open areas in the center of the design. Tears away easily.
Item No. Description Price
1045427 Heavyweight Tear-Away 15" x 10 Yards - White $22.99

Lightweight Tear-Away
Lightweight Tear-Away
Suitable for tightly woven, stable fabrics that have no stretch. Use on lightweight fabrics to stabilize low stitch count embroidery designs. Easy to remove, and a great choice for paper piecing quilt blocks.
Item No. Description Price
1046648 Lightweight Tear-Away 15" x 10 Yards - White $17.99

Expert Embroidery Tear-Away Tape
Tear-Away Tape
Use this easy-to-tear tape to temporarily hold your fabrics in place while doing in-the-hoop embroidery projects. Measures 0.75" wide x 10 yards. 2 rolls per pack
Item No. Description Price
1048174 Tear-Away Tape 0.75" x 10 Yards $4.99

Water Soluble (Wash-Away)

As the name implies, these stabilizers wash away from the fabric. Use OESD Wash-Away any time there is a need for the stabilizer to be completely removed from the embroidered item. Wash-Aways can be used for cutwork, stand-alone lace and reverse applique. The most common use of a wash-away topping is to keep the stitches from sinking into the fabric and to prevent any loops of the fabric from poking through the embroidery. Use OESD Wash-Away topping on napped fabrics like corduroy, velvet, fleece and polar fleece. It is a must for towels and terry cloth or velour items. The heavier OESD Wash-Aways are used for lace and projects from with the stabilizer must be removed completely.

AquaFilm Backing
AquaFilm Backing
AquaFilm Backing is used to stabilize light weight fabrics. If used in several layers it can be used for stand alone items, such as lace. Use this product to stabilize fine fabrics such as batiste so no evidence of stabilizer is left in the fabric. For Removal Methods, see Topping.
Item No. Description Price
1016223 AquaFilm Backing 8" x 10 Yards - Clear $15.99

AquaFilm Topping
AquaFilm Topping
AquaFilm Topping is a light weight wash-away. It is not used for stabilization, but instead is put on top of the area to be embroidered. It does not need to be hooped with the fabric. To use AquaFilm Topping, lay it on top of the area to be embroidered. Either tape down the corners or moisten your finger and touch the corner and press it to the fabric. To remove AquaFilm after embroidering, gently hold the stitched area and tear most of the topping away. The remainder can be washed, sprayed, or dabbed away with a towel or cotton swab. You can also lay a towel over the top and gently steam it away.
Item No. Description Price
1016225 AquaFilm Topping 4" x 20 Yards - Clear $12.99
1024085 AquaFilm Topping 8" x 10 Yards - Clear $15.99

BadgeMaster is three times the weight of AquaFilm backing. It is used for stand-alone lace or for embroidered items in which only the thread should remain. BadgeMaster can be washed away under running water or the item can be placed in a sink of warm water to soak. Many times, BadgeMaster is not washed out completely in order to give a stiff effect to stand-alone laces. If a softer result in desired, allow the item to soak for a longer period. BadgeMaster also makes a great backing stabilizer for projects in which there can be no show-through.
Item No. Description Price
1029890 BadgeMaster 12" x 8 Yards $32.99

AquaMesh can be used for many of the same applications as BadgeMaster. AquaMesh stabilizer looks and feels more like a standard mesh-type stabilizer but can be washed away in running water, making it easy to create stand alone lace designs in no time! Use AquaMesh for any project in which no stabilizer should remain. AquaMesh works well on heavier fabrics than AquaFilm backing and is easier to hoop than Aquafilm or Badgemaster.
Item No. Description Price
1024717 AquaMesh 10" x 10 Yards - White $24.99
1048180 AquaMesh 15" x 10 Yards - White $33.99
1037200 AquaMesh 20" x 10 Yards - White $31.99

AquaMesh Plus
AquaMesh Plus
AquaMesh Plus is the same great product as AquaMesh but is backed with a pressure sensitive adhesive. It washes away with water. Use it to embroider on items that cannot be hooped. AquaMesh Plus is great for sheer, slippery fabrics like chiffon, or for quilts and quilting designs. It is also great for projects that require multihooping.
Item No. Description Price
1035821 AquaMesh Plus 10" x 5 Yards $34.25
1037201 AquaMesh Plus 20" x 5 Yards $59.99

OESD StitcH2O Water Soluble Embroidery Topping. Will not stick to embroidery foot. Textured finish of ease of handling. Excess tears away easily. Remove any remnants by dabbing with water.
Item No. Description Price
1046705 StitcH2O 8" x 10 Yards $12.99
1046704 StitcH2O 12" x 10 Yards $15.95

Expert Embroidery Wash-Away Tape
Wash-Away Tape
Use this wash-away tape to temporarily hold your fabrics in place while doing in-the-hoop embroidery projects. No need to worry about getting tape trapped in your project - the tape can be easily removed with water. Measures 0.75" wide x 8 yards. 1 roll per pack.
Item No. Description Price
1048175 Wash-Away Tape 0.75" x 8 Yards $4.99

OESD Machine Embroidery Starter Kit
thread box
Everything you need to get started is here! This kit includes:
  • OESD Stabilizers
    • WashAway (1)
    • CutAway (1)
    • TearAway (1)
  • 505 Spray Adhesive (1)
  • Organ Sharps 80/12 (1)
  • Thread - Isacord thread in a custom storage tin (12)
  • Stabilizer 101 Brochure (1)
  • Isacord Printed Thread Chart (1)

Product #1040220 Price $139.95


  • A medium weight clear film that can be used as a topper or stabilizer for specialty applications
  • Easily removed without distorting even delicate stitches
  • The perfect topping for moisture sensitive fabrics
  • A permanent solution to hold lofty fabric fibers in place under embroidery, such as towels, corduroy, velvet, wool, and fleece
  • For use on all fabrics that can tolerate ironing temperatures between 260°-300°F (120°-140°C) or cotton setting on most irons
Item No. Description Price
1048192 Heat2Go 12" x 10 Yards - White $12.99

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