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with Terri Hanson
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Stabilizer Savvy

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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!


  • intermediate
  • 9 episodes
  • 1h28m

Included in this Class

1. Introduction

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.

2. Storage, Labeling & Other Basics

2. Storage, Labeling & Other Basics

Learn all about various types of stabilizer and why you need them in the first place! Terri explains the pitfalls of working with the wrong type of support (or no stabilizer at all) and shows you the best practices for measuring before hooping. You'll also learn valuable labeling and storage tips that will prevent you from wasting your supplies on the wrong type of fabric.

3. Cut-Away Stabilizer

3. Cut-Away Stabilizer

Cut-away stabilizers are a great choice for a wide range of projects. Terri walks you through various types that are available on the market and things to consider when hooping your designs. You'll also learn helpful removal tips that will prevent you from cutting your fabric, and will save you lots of time.

Recommended with this class

  • Embroidery machine that accepts any of the following file types: ART, DST, EXP, HUS, JEF, PES, SEW, VIP, VP3, XXX
  • A variety of cut-away, tear-away, water-soluble and sticky stabilizers