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Stabilisers & Interfacings
Stabiliser fabric acts as an important second layer to prevent the top fabric from distorting, puckering,
catching or being pulled down into the machine. The stabiliser fabric is stretched firmly in the embroidery
hoop, usually with the fabric to be worked on top. This prevents the fabric from moving or stretching during
the embroidery process. Choosing the right stabiliser fabric can be a minefield. There is a huge variety of
makes and types to choose from and they all profess to do different things. TechSoft have narrowed the choice
down to four materials from the Vilene range - a company with an excellent reputation for reliability, good
value and repeatability.
Stabilisers are essential backing materials to prevent fabric distortion and stitch problems when using
machine embroidery. Interfacings are used as a stiffening layer hidden between surface fabrics - collars and cuffs are
typical examples. Interfacings are (however) excellent construction materials in their own right. They can be cut, sewn,
surface-decorated, folded and assembled to open up new and innovative possibilities for textiles work.