Stick and Stitch Stabilizer

What is Stick N Stitch Stabilizer? How to Use This Helpful Embroidery Tool

Stick and Stitch Stabilizer

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There are many ways to trans­fer an embroi­dery pat­tern onto a piece of fab­ric. My pre­ferred method? Using a handy stick-and-stitch sta­bi­liz­er to print a design on my print­er and then adhere it to the fab­ric. Once I’m done, I sim­ply wash the excess pat­tern away with warm water, and it leaves no trace that it was ever there.

So many peo­ple don’t know about this method, and to be hon­est, I did­n’t either—at first. I noticed embroi­der­ers using it a cou­ple of years after I start­ed my stitch­ing. And it was only once I began cre­at­ing cus­tom pet embroi­dery—in which I was draw­ing a sketch for a client—that I con­sid­ered using it. The big advan­tage is that you can cre­ate a pat­tern, or use a down­loaded one, and just print it with­out hav­ing to trans­fer using a pen. This is espe­cial­ly help­ful for designs with a lot of details!

To use this type of sta­bi­liz­er:

I use Sulky’s Stick N Stitch sta­bi­liz­er and print my pat­terns in a laser print­er. I cut out the designs with a stan­dard pair of scis­sors and press it on. Once all of my stitch­ing is done, I run it under warm water to remove the sta­bi­liz­er and let it dry as nor­mal.

Things to know before you use stick and stitch sta­bi­liz­er:

Over­all, stick and stitch sta­bi­liz­er is, by far, my pre­ferred method of trans­fer­ring an embroi­dery pat­tern. But, through­out the time I’ve been work­ing with it, I’ve real­ized it has its quirks. Here are a cou­ple of things you should know.

  • The sta­bi­liz­er works best with light-col­ored fab­rics. You’ll have an eas­i­er time see­ing the lines of your design. With dark or black fab­rics, you’ll have to strain to see your marks.
  • The oils on your fin­gers can affect the sta­bi­liz­er. The more you touch the stick and stitch sta­bi­liz­er, the more you’ll degrade it. Once you’re hap­py with the place­ment of the pat­tern, try not to touch the design unless you’re stitch­ing into it. Repeat­ed­ly han­dling a design can make it hard­er to see.
  • Stick and stitch sta­bi­liz­er will “shift” if you’re not care­ful. This is an easy prob­lem to pre­vent. To stop the sta­bi­liz­er from mov­ing on your fab­ric, add a few stitch­es to each cor­ner of your design.
  • Sta­bi­liz­er is like a glue. Once you’ve washed away the sta­bi­liz­er, it will make your stitch­es appear a bit less “fuzzy” as the sta­bi­liz­er is like a glue that locks them into place. If you’re embroi­der­ing on cloth­ing, this is a great advan­tage, as it means your stitch­ing will hold up to wash­ings.

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