Using tear away stabilizer for hand embroidery can help keep your fabric taut and prevent it from puckering or shifting while you stitch. Here are the steps to using tear away stabilizer for hand embroidery:
- Cut a piece of tear away stabilizer to fit the size of your embroidery hoop or fabric. It should be slightly larger than your design area.
- Place the stabilizer on the back of your fabric, aligning it with the design area.
- Pin the stabilizer and fabric together along the edges of the hoop or fabric to keep them in place.
- Hoop both the fabric and stabilizer together, making sure the fabric is taut and smooth.
- Begin stitching your design, working from the center outwards. The stabilizer will help prevent the fabric from puckering or shifting as you stitch.
- When you’re finished stitching, carefully tear away the stabilizer from the back of the fabric. Be sure to tear it away gently and avoid pulling any threads.
Note: It’s important to choose the right type of tear away stabilizer for your project. There are different weights and densities available, so be sure to choose one that’s appropriate for your fabric and embroidery design. Also, if you’re using a dark or heavily patterned fabric, consider using a water-soluble stabilizer instead to avoid any visible residue from the tear away stabilizer.