Madeira Embroidery Stabilizers – Ultimate Beginner Guide 2021


All Madeira embroidery stabilizers are divided into subgroups:

  • Tear-off (Tear Aways),
  • Water soluble (Wash Aways)
  • Cut-off (Cut Aways) (here also includes heat-melting  ).

Thus, among them, you can always find the right one for your embroidery and your material.

Tear-off (Tear Aways)

Cotton soft

Cotton Soft (white and black) – a non-versal stabilizer for sewing and embroidery machines. Stabilizes the fabric and prevents the fabric from shifting during embroidery. Ideal for: machine embroidery and applique work, buttonhole sewing, decorative sewing, and patchwork. It is a soft non-woven fabric. Cotton Soft is made from cotton and contains no synthetic additives. Suitable for children’s clothing, as it has a soft and pleasant structure for sensitive skin. 

Instructions for use Cotton Soft   

  • Machine embroidery:  Cut off the required length of Cotton Soft from the roll and place it under the fabric to be embroidered (fig. 1, fabric = fabric). Hoop the fabric on top (fig. 2). After embroidering (fig. 3), remove the excess edges of the stabilizer (fig. 4).
  • Machine applique:  Place Cotton Soft under the fabric to which the applique will be sewn. After finishing work, carefully remove the excess edges of the stabilizer. Patchwork: Apply pencil design to Cotton Soft. After you sew on the fabric, remove the stabilizer.

Cotton stable 

Stabilizer Cotton Stable to look and feel like Cotton Soft, but has on one side an adhesive coating by which is adhered by means of iron to the fabric. When ironing, the fabric is fixed and can be sewn with Cotton Stable. The adhesive is weak, so Cotton Stable can be easily removed. Ideal for stabilizing embroidery on highly elastic fabrics such as T-shirts, jersey, knitwear. It is used for making buttonholes on elastic fabrics, for appliqués, embroidery of computer designs. 

Instructions for use Cotton Stable

  • Machine embroidery:  Cut the required length of Cotton Stable from the roll. Place the adhesive side on the wrong side of the fabric. Press on the stabilizer (fig. 1, fabric = fabric), the temperature of the iron depends on the type of fabric, but not higher than 2. After 5-20 seconds. the stabilizer will begin to adhere, depending on the fabric structure. Hoop the fabric on top (fig. 2). When finished (fig. 3) remove the Cotton Stable (fig. 4) 
  • Machine Applique:  Cotton Stable fixes the fabric and improves the quality of the work (the applique is smooth). Press the Cotton Stable as described above to the wrong side of the fabric to be embroidered. When finished, carefully peel off any excess Cotton Stable edges. Transferring the design to the fabric: You can apply the design to the light-colored fabric using the Cotton Stable and a regular inkjet printer. First, cut the fabric and Cotton Stable to A4 size. Press the Cotton Stable to the wrong side of the fabric as described above. Remove Cotton Stable after printing. Caution: the drawing is not waterproof!
  • Buttonholes:  Cotton Stable is ideal for making buttonholes on stretch fabrics. Press the Cotton Stable to the wrong side of the fabric as described above, make buttonholes, and remove excess stabilizer.

Cotton fix

Cotton Fix is similar to Cotton Soft but has an adhesive coating on one side, protected by a paper backing. It is used for machine embroidery because Cotton Fix fixes the fabric without a hoop. This is true for materials on which hoop marks remain (velvet, suede, etc.). Cotton Fix is ​​also successfully used for patchwork sewing: small parts are attached according to the desired pattern. The stabilizer is ideal for velvet, leather, collars, cuffs, capes, knitwear, jersey, high stretch fabrics, T-shirts, appliques, patchwork. 

Instructions for use Cotton Fix

  • Machine embroidery:  cut the required length of Cotton Fix from the roll. Hoop the stabilizer with the paper backing facing up. Use scissors to carefully make a cruciform incision (fig. 1). Caution : make the cut on the paper backing without damaging the web. Tear off the top paper base slightly larger than the embroidery (fig. 2). Place the fabric on the adhesive surface and press firmly (fig. 3, fabric = fabric). After embroidering, carefully separate the embroidery from the fabric: it comes off easily (fig. 4). 
  • Patchwork:  sewing patterns consisting only of contours (eg heart or circle) are very easily transferred to the fabric with the Cotton Fix. Draw a pencil sketch on the stabilizer. Cut along the outline, peel off the backing paper and glue the template to the fabric. Sew along the outside edge of the template. When finished, remove the Cotton Fix.
  • Appliques:  Apply the applique pattern to the Cotton Fix and cut out. Peel off the backing paper and glue the template to the right side of the fabric. Cut out from the template with a 5mm allowance, and sew the applique with small stitches onto the fabric. When finished, remove the Cotton Fix.

Madeira Water Soluble Stabilizers (Wash Aways)

Avalon Film 

Avalon Film Stabilizer is a thin, transparent film that is rough to the touch on one side. Ideal for embroidering on fleecy fabrics and knitted fabrics. Avalon Film stabilizes machine embroidery on thin, transparent fabrics and ensures uniform embroidery. Avalon Film also serves as a stabilizer for sewing delicate, silk fabrics by keeping the fabric in position. Suitable for terry fabrics, velvet, knitwear, silk, organza, tulle, etc. It is used for making buttonholes on thin fabrics, copying patterns, special sandwich, and pizza patchwork techniques. 

Instructions for use of Avalon Film 

avalon-film
  • Embroidery on terry cloths such as towels: cut the stabilizer to the required length from the roll of Avalon Film, place on the right side of the towel. Hoop the towel and stabilizer into the hoop (stabilizer on top) fig. 1. After embroidering (Fig. 2), remove the excess stabilizer and immerse the embroidery in warm water (Fig. 3): the rest of the stabilizer will completely dissolve in the water (Fig. 4)
  • Machine Embroidery: If you are using Avalon Film to stabilize your embroidery, place it under the fabric when hooping. Then use as described above. 
  • Delicate fabrics: Avalon Film is the ideal stabilizer for sewing delicate fabrics such as silk and organza. Avalon Film prevents fabric shifting while sewing. To do this, place the fabric between two layers of Avalon Film and sew as normal. After the product is sewn, you need to carefully tear off the visible film and remove the residue with water (with a wet towel or cotton swab).
  • Buttonholes on lightweight fabrics:  Place the fabric between two layers of Avalon Film and sew a buttonhole. Carefully tear off the visible film, remove the rest as described above. 
  • Patchwork technique:  Transfer the patch templates to the Avalon Film stabilizer with a water-soluble pencil such as MADEIRA MAGIC PEN. Avalon Film Stabilizer Baste to fabric. Sew according to the pattern. Carefully remove the film; if necessary, dissolve the rest of the stabilizer in water. 

Avalon Ultra

Avalon Ultra is a super-strong, transparent, water-soluble embroidery stabilizer for embroidery with and without hoops. It is a dense, smooth transparent film. The Avalon Ultra is particularly durable, i.e. it does not tear with intensive embroidery. Recommended for dense embroidery and other work requiring extra strength. Ideal for embroidery in various techniques, making products using the special technique “Sandwich”, scarves from threads and braids, etc.  

Avalon Ultra Instructions for Use 

The Avalon Ultra can be used with or without an embroidery hoop, making it suitable for large embroidery designs that will not fit in the hoop. 

  • Hoop or Freehand Machine Embroidery:  Cut the Avalon Ultra to the required length from the roll. Embroider the stabilizer with the hoop or using a free technique (fig. 1). When embroidering, make sure that the stitches are intertwined and connected together so that the embroidery does not disintegrate after dissolving the stabilizer in water. Cut off the excess edges of the stabilizer (Fig. 2) and dissolve the remainder in warm water (Fig. 3). 
  • Lace embroidery:  Embroider with the Avalon Ultra stabilizer (no fabric), hooped or using a free technique. The lace is sewn onto the stabilizer as described above. You can also use ready-made laces for additional patterns or different thread tones. To do this, they must be carefully secured to the Avalon Ultra foil with aerosol adhesive. Cut off excess film edges and dissolve the remainder in warm water.
  • Sandwich Textile Collage: Place small textiles or yarns between two layers of Avalon Ultra. Tip:  Apply some spray glue to the bottom of the stabilizer – the layers will not move during work. Additionally, you can secure the work with pins. Then sew as described above. Dissolve the rest of the stabilizer in water. 

Avalon Plus

Avalon Plus is a dense, water-soluble stabilizer for machine embroidery on fine fabrics. It is a soft non-woven fabric, very reminiscent of thin sewing interlining. Ideal for free embroidery designs with a high density of stitches, machine embroidery on light and transparent fabrics (silk, organza, tulle), patchwork, lace embroidery, monograms, scallops, and braids, darning, Richelieu technique, creating volumetric panels from textiles and embroidery.

Avalon Plus Instructions for Use 

 

Avalon Plus is used to strengthen fabric from the bottom or top. It can be used without fabric. 

  • Free Technique Machine Embroidery: Hoop one or two layers of Avalon Plus, and apply the design with a water-soluble pencil directly to the Avalon Plus stabilizer (Fig. 1). Then sew twice along the outline of the pattern. After that, the pattern is embroidered with a mesh or small circular movements, while all the stitches should be connected between thin fabrics so that the embroidery does not disintegrate after dissolving the stabilizer in water. In conclusion, the project can be decorated with a dense zigzag or other lines (Fig. 2). After finishing work, cut off the excess edges of the Avalon Plus stabilizer and dissolve the remainder in water (Fig. 3). Place the product between two sheets of fabric and iron dry.
  • Embroidery on lightweight and terry fabrics:  Place the fabric between two layers of Avalon Plus (Sandwich technique) and hoop all three layers. After embroidering, cut off the excess edges of the stabilizer, dissolve the remainder in water.
  • Embroidery “Richelieu”:  place the fabric on the Stabilizer Avalon Plus and sew a straight stitch holes planned. Then you need to cut the fabric out of the holes with special embroidery scissors, while not damaging the stabilizer underneath. Sew tightly zigzag around the edges of the holes. Dissolve Avalon Plus in water. 

Avalon Fix

Avalon Fix is a soft non-woven fabric, reminiscent of thin sewing interlining, with an adhesive backing protected by a paper backing. It is ideal for embroidery on items that cannot be hooped. Stabilizer Avalon Fix is ​​recommended for all machine embroidery techniques, especially for free embroidery techniques, as well as textile surface decoration. Suitable for stabilizing thin, sheer fabrics, making lace and braids. Can be used as a bottom lining when sewing scarves from the braid and various threads, followed by sewing. Also suitable for embroidering designs with a large number of stitches.

Instructions for use of Avalon Fix 

 

  • Embroidery on fine fabrics:  Cut to length from the Avalon Fix Roll and hoop with the paper side up. Using the sharp end of the scissors, carefully make a diagonal cross cut on the paper side (fig. 1). Caution:  cut the cut on the paper part without touching the web. Remove the backing paper slightly larger than the space for the future design (Fig. 2). Place the cloth on the sticky surface and press firmly. After embroidering (fig. 3, fabric = fabric), carefully separate the fabric from the stabilizer (fig. 4) – the embroidered garment will be removed from the fabric by itself. Remove any remaining Avalon Fix stabilizer with water. 
  • Ribbon and Thread Scarves:  Cut from the roll of Avalon Fix to the desired length and place on a table or ironing board, paper side up. Peel off the paper layer, the adhesive side should be on top. Place the tape and threads as you wish on the adhesive surface and press lightly. Overlay the same length of Avalon Fix or Avalon Ultra stabilizer and quilt all layers. The stitches should be connected and intertwined with each other, so that after the film dissolves, the product does not disintegrate. Finally, dip the scarf in water to dissolve the stabilizer. 
  • Embroidery lace and braid:  Hoop the Avalon Fix. Cut the paper side as described above and remove to fit the design. Attach the finished lace or braid in the middle of the adhesive surface. Add additional embroidery or embroider with different thread colors. You can fully embroider a finished lace or braid design. After the garment is embroidered, carefully cut off the excess edges of the Avalon Fix and dissolve the remainder in water. 

Cut-off stabilizers Madeira

Super stron g

Super Strong is a  standard stabilizer used for all types of computer machine embroidery. Super Strong stabilizes the embroidery and prevents the fabric from shifting. Ideal for stabilizing embroidery with a large number and high density of stitches, for appliqués with many details, guarantees precise sewing of company logos and emblems. It is a dense non-woven fabric of white or black color.

Instructions for use Super Strong

  • Machine Embroidery:  Cut the required amount of Super Strong and place it under the fabric you will embroider on. Hoop: fabric on top (fig. 1 fabric). After embroidering (Fig. 2), cut off the excess stabilizer around the embroidery, while holding the stabilizer, not the fabric (Fig. 3 and 4). 
  • Embroidery on collars and caps:  Super Strong can be used with spray glue to embroider small items that cannot be hooped. Hoop the stabilizer and spray on the fabric to be embroidered. After embroidering, cut off the excess stabilizer around the embroidery, while holding the stabilizer, not the fabric.

Super stable

The Super Stable is  iron-glued and cut off after embroidering. Used when working with all types of machine embroidery. The canvas is ironed together with the fabric, thereby fixing it. For a stronger hold, you can use the optional Cotton Stable. Super Stable is not removed after embroidering. Ideal for stabilizing embroidery on dense and stretch fabrics, designs with a high density and a large number of stitches, patchwork, stabilizing fabrics for backpacks and bags, book covers, decorations, etc. The texture repeats itself Super Strong, has a coating on one side glues under the influence of temperature. 

Super Stable Instructions For Use

  • Machine embroidery:  Cut Super Stable to the required length from the roll. Place the glue side of the stabilizer on the wrong side of the fabric. Press the Super Stable to the fabric (fig. 1, fabric = fabric), with the temperature of the iron corresponding to the type of fabric, but not higher than 2. The stabilizer starts to adhere after 10-15 seconds, depending on the type of fabric. Then tuck the fabric with the stabilizer into the hoop with the fabric on top (fig. 2). After embroidering (Fig. 3), cut off the excess edges of the stabilizer (Fig. 4), while holding the stabilizer, not the fabric. 
  • Machine Applique:  Super Stable fixes the fabric and improves the advancement of the fabric. This makes the appliqué more even. Iron Super Stable to the wrong side of the appliqué fabric as described above. When finished, cut off the excess edges of the stabilizer, while holding the stabilizer, not the fabric.
  • Sewing buttonholes:  With Super Stable, buttonholes on stretch fabrics can be sewn without problems. Press the Super Stable to the fabric as described above, sew a buttonhole and carefully cut off the excess edges of the stabilizer.
  • Bags and Textile Accessories:  Super Stable can be used as padding for bags, backpacks, book covers and other textile projects. To do this, press to the wrong side of the Super Stable fabric as described above.

SUPER FILM 

Super Film  is a special stabilizer that melts at high temperatures, for example during ironing. It is a transparent perforated film. Super Film is indispensable for embroidering emblems, because the design after embroidery can be detached easily and evenly. The advantage of Super Film over other water-soluble stabilizers is that it can be used with fabrics that cannot be wetted (velvet, moire, etc.). Ideal for machine embroidery, lace embroidery, logo and emblem embroidery without fabric. 

Super Film Instructions for Use

  • Embroidering emblems and logos:  Cut the Super Film to the required length from the roll and hoop. The stabilizer can be applied in multiple layers depending on the structure of the embroidery. If one layer is sufficient, then the smooth side should be on top. If using two layers, fold the stabilizer with the rough side inward. Embroider the desired emblem or logo. Separate the embroidery from the stabilizer, melt the remnants of the film with an iron or ironing press. Moreover, the iron should not be put in one place, you need to guide it along the embroidery in a circular motion. Iron temperature – 2 points, if necessary, it can be increased to 3.

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