October '19

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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2 0 1 9 O C T O B E R P R I N T W E A R 4 1 I have trouble choosing which stabi- lizer is the right one to use. Is there such a thing as a "go-to" backing? My answer is yes…and no! I like a com- bination of two, which is my go-to recipe of stabilizer for everything from corporate logos to jacket backs. Since the majority of the designs you'll do are most likely corpo- rate logos, ranging from seven to 15 thou- sand stitches, I suggest one or two pieces of no-show combined with a single layer of lightweight tearaway. This combo covers pretty much all possibilities. Adding the lightweight tearaway stabilizer on the bottom helps first with the hooping and then again with providing a crisper foundation on which to embroider. Re- member that a cutaway is most often neces- sary and recommended for the majority of embroidery. The number of stitches in the design will determine if you need a single or double layer of the no-show stabilizer: one layer for designs with seven to eight thou- sand stitches; two layers for designs over eight thousand stitches. Delicate designs and fabrics can use a waffle or pop away sta- bilizer, while heavier designs and fabrics will require use of a heavyweight cutaway. NANCY MINI, MADEIRA USA

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