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Stumped by Stabilizers?

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This handy chart will help decide which stabilizers will work best for you on a variety of fabrics.

Corduroy                       

Tear-away 1.8-oz. + water-soluble topping

Delicate Fabrics              

Tear-away waffle 1.8-oz. 

Difficult to Hoop           

 Tear-away stick-on 1.5-oz. 

Flannel                           

Tear-away 1.5-oz. + water-soluble topping

Fleece (Micro)                

Performance wear appropriate 1.5-oz. + water-soluble topping

Fleece (Polar)                 

Cutaway 2.0-oz. + water-soluble topping 

Jersey                           

Performance wear appropriate 1.5-oz. (1–2 pieces)

Knits (Heavy)              

Cutaway 2.0-oz. + water-soluble topping 

Knits (Light)                 

Performance wear appropriate 1.5-oz. + water-soluble topping

Linen                            

 Cutaway washaway 1.3-oz. 

Nylon                          

Cutaway 2.0 oz. or performance wear appropriate 1.5-oz. 

Oxford Cloth                

Tear-away 1.5 oz. performance wear appropriate  1.5-oz. 

Performance Wear/Athleisure                    

Performance wear appropriate 1.5-oz. (1–2 pieces)

Piqué                           

Performance wear appropriate 1.5-oz. + water-soluble topping

Quilting Fabric             

Tear-away 1.5–1.8-oz. 

Recycled Fabric            

Tear-away 1.5-oz. or tear-away waffle 1.8-oz. 

Satin                            

Tear-away waffle 1.8-oz. or weblon no-show 1.5-oz. 

Spandex/Lycra           

Cutaway washaway 1.9-oz. 

Sweatshirt                    

Cutaway 3.0-oz. + water-soluble topping

Terrycloth Robe          

Cutaway washaway 1.3-oz. or tear-away washaway 1.5–2.0-oz.

Twill                             

Tear-away 1.5–1.8-oz. 

Velvet                          

Tear-away 1.5-oz. or tear-away stick-on 1.5-oz.