Do you need help when it comes to deciding what stabilizing product is right for your project?
Stabilizers come in many different varieties:
- Iron on - Cool & hot fuse. Comes in a range of thicknesses
- Tear away
- Sew in
- Wash away
- Spray on
- Heat away
- Thin & transparent
- Pin on & cut away
- Some have a slight crossways stretch such as Fusible tricot knit interfacing. It still gives soft shaping.
Your fabric will help determine what product is best.
Usually heavy fabrics such as denim & canvas don't need a heavy stabilizer as it will become hard work to sew with the added thickness. Go for a lighter option in this instance.
For medium weighted fabrics, tear away or medium sew in and iron on interfacings work well. Knit fabrics will definitely benefit from having a lightweight fusible knit product added if you intend appliqueing or embroidering.
Lighter fabrics will need a heavier product to add structure. But for delicate fabrics that are washable, you could try using a water soluble paper stabilizer or a spray on product that once the product is dry, you sew then rinse.
With any stabilizer, be sure to do a test piece to ensure the product does not show through your fabric piece.
Often we get a little confused between a product and a brand. For example Pellon & Vilene are both brands and have a large range of products between them however they are often referred to as a product alone.