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.
Tear-Easy: Soft, Lightweight,
Tear-Away Stabilizer. Provides great stability combined with
effortless removal that doesn't pull, tear or distort stitches.
Professional embroiders use one, two or three layers of Sulky
Tear-Easy to stabilize virtually any fabric. Each layer is then
easily torn away separately to prevent the pulling, tearing or
distorting of stitches that can occur when tearing away a single
layer of a thicker heavier stabilizer.
Product #1010910 Cost: $2.49
Soft'n Sheer: Cut-Away Permanent
Stabilizer. Lightweight, textured, non-woven nylon that is ultra
soft next to your skin. Provides great permanent stability to stitch
on lightweight knits and woven fabrics. Excellent stretch resistance
eliminates pulling or sagging of the embroidery design during
stitching and remains with fabric for continued stabilization
through laundering and wearing.
Product #1041174 Cost: $3.29
Product #1041177 Cost: $2.99
Heat-Away Clear Film: Heat
Removable Topper or Stabilizer. Traceable, stitching, medium weight
clear film that can be used as a design template or disappearing
support. Works well on most fabric types. A great alternative to
using a cut-away or tear-away stabilizer when you do not want
residue left on the fabric. Not recommended for high pile fabrics
like terry cloth and fleece as it can get trapped in loops and cause
sticking. Removes easily with a dry iron.
Product #1041170 Cost: $2.19
Sew, Craft, Quilt and Embroider Confidently with Sulky Stabilizers by Joyce Drexler.
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