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Stabilizer Savvy

with Terri Hanson
Learn to choose the best stabilizer for your fabric and design, and create picture-perfect embroidery every time!

Banish out-of-place outlines, gaps, puckering and wrinkles for good with Terri Hanson’s expert guidance on picking the right stabilizer for any project. Find out how to use cutaway stabilizer with sheer and lightweight fabrics, and achieve perfect tension when hooping it with woven fabrics. Discover which stabilizer is a great choice for appliqué, stitch-intensive designs and sturdy fabrics, and which will help you hoop and embroider tricky, bulky or oversized items. Explore the creative possibilities of wash-away stabilizer and learn valuable tips for creating freestanding lace, intricate cutwork and patches. Learn how certain stabilizers can enhance the look of your embroidery and speed up your stitching, with lessons on fusible fleece, fuse-and-stick stabilizers and topping. As a bonus, you’ll also receive four exclusive, embroidery-themed designs you can use to practice your new stabilizer skills!

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Lesson 1. Introduction

  • Get to know your instructor, machine embroidery expert Terri Hanson, and gain an overview of the class, which will help you understand when to use different types of stabilizers and how to create embroidery projects that look and feel exactly the way you want them to.


Lesson 2. Storage, Labeling & Other Basics


Lesson 3. Cut-Away Stabilizer


Lesson 4. Tear-Away Stabilizer


Lesson 5. Sticky Stabilizer


Lesson 6. Water-Soluble Stabilizer


Lesson 7. Fusible Fleece


Lesson 8. Fuse & Stick Stabilizer


Lesson 9. Toppings & Cloud Cover

“Awesome class with great information. Choosing the correct stabilizer is so important and love the tips on storing and labeling.”
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