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Tips for tearing it off
Valerie Jo
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Date: 6/7/11 2:54 PM

I almost ruined a bib last night because I was trying to get the stabilizer off and ripped the fabric. Is there a specific tool to use for that. I tear as much as I can and then use small scissors to go around it again (because the tears have fuzzies where torn). And it is too time consuming. Surely someone out there has some tips for me!

I put fray check on the underside and going to iron a piece of soft fuse underneath. You can't see the rip. I think that should do it. Any advice? Thanks
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Date: 6/7/11 3:21 PM

The tearaway I use most is Sulky Totally Stable, an iron on tearaway. I usually spray the back with a water bottle after embroidering. It seems to soften the stabilizer and make it come off more easily.

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Date: 6/7/11 3:24 PM

I would try a different brand of stabilizer. I have some precut 8X8 sheets I bought to use initially. I have no idea what brand they are. I have noticed that THOSE sheets leave fuzzies when I tear. I have since used other brands (mainly Sulky) and have noticed they tear MUCH easier and leave nothing behind.

I do use very pointed tweezers for getting the stabilizer off where it is stuck between letters.

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Date: 6/7/11 5:42 PM

I have fallen in love with Aqua Magic". It is a soft wash away that you just hold under water and it melts away. I used to hate pulling away the tear-away stuff and having my embroidery stretch out of shape or have to use tweezers to get out all the little bits. There are several other water soluble stabilizers on the market that I am sure would work just as well. I like the softness of this one. I hate the ones that are stiff or refuse to tear away so you end up having to cut them away or pull really hard.

This is not a tear-away, but just embroidered two tshirts on mylar on cotton knit using Soft and Sheer -- so soft (for a child) and cut away so nicely. I think I will be using these two stabilizers a lot.
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Valerie Jo
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Date: 6/8/11 10:12 AM

Thanks for all your advice. I did mist with water which did help. Although I like the idea of trying a different stabilizer. Thanks so much!

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Date: 6/8/11 1:08 PM

I can only second how well Sulky Totally Stable works. I use it for all my bibs and towels. I iron it on to the back of the item, hoop sticky stabilizer, then position the item centered on the hoop. After I tear it off, if there is residual stabilizer on the back of a bib or towel, I tend to leave the small bits. They come off in the wash and that's preferable to a tear or pulling terry cloth loops.

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