Permanent Topping Stabilizer

Posted by on July 1, 2016 | No Comments

Here is your simple fix against fabric showing through your embroidery, Stabilize It! Permanent Topping from Amazing Designs. You will no longer have to worry about your stitches sinking into the nap of the fabric. Permanent Topping coordinates with your embroidery thread to prevent the fabric showing through embroidery stitches.


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It has excellent stability for your dense embroidery projects. The topping is not only washable, but provides a strong base during laundering. This great product works well with projects using fabrics with nap such as terry cloth, velvet, and corduroy.

Here are some helpful tips before beginning your project with Permanent Topping:

  • It should not be used where loose topping cannot be easily removed
  • If used to prevent napped fabrics from showing through your embroidery, use lettering or designs that allow for easy removal of loose topping

Check out the multiple color choices available to match your project needs here.


Stabilize It!

Posted by on April 25, 2013 | No Comments

Our new Fusible Applique Stabilizer provides great support without the bulk, and since it has a sticky back, you’ll get perfect placement every time! Check out the photos below to see how it works:

Amazing Designs: Stabilize It! Applique


Amazing Designs: Stabilize It! Applique


Amazing Designs: Stabilize It! Applique


Amazing Designs: Stabilize It! Applique


Amazing Designs: Stabilize It! Applique

Purchase Stabilize It! Fusible Applique Stabilizer here.






I Love Mummy…

Posted by on October 11, 2010 | No Comments

A couple of years ago I had the wedding circuit that made me hate cake and buffets — 12 weddings in one year. By the end of it I was broke and tired. Now, a few years later, everyone is starting to have babies. I recently attended a baby shower, the baby’s due any day now, and wanted to give the mom-to-be something fun, cute and seasonal for the little one.

So, I put on my thinking cap and started looking through the seasonal designs from Amazing Designs. I landed upon a cute mummy design and put with it “I love Mummy” (I used Personalize ‘N Stitch for the lettering). I think it turned out pretty great and seeing the mom-to-be’s face when she opened it assured me it was the right fit.

Here are some quick tips to make yours come out perfect:
• Use wash-away stabilizer
• Hoop with onesie with the stabilzer (use spray adhesive to stick the stabilizer to the inside of the onesie)
• To keep the test of the onesie out of the way while stitching, I like to use office binder clips
• Don’t walk away from it, the moment you do, it will get caught!


Cut-Away Stabilizer

Posted by on August 5, 2010 | No Comments

LARGE 1 5oz Med  Wt  No Show Mesh|Looking for a stabilizer for your lightweight knits, wovens or sheer fabric? Need something to stabilize dense embroidery designs, open weave fabrics or complex designs on lightweight fabrics?

Amazing Designs Stabilize It! No-Show Mesh cut-away has you covered. Stabilize It! is a line of stabilizers in easy to store, pre-cut sheets (no more messing around with the huge roll and forgeting which stabilizer is which).

Stabilize It! No-Show Mesh cut-away resists stretching, making it great for woven and knit fabrics. It eliminates show-through and is comfortable next to your skin. Every embroiderer should have no-show mesh stabilizer in their stash!


Embroidery Stitching Issues?

Posted by on July 27, 2010 | No Comments

I hate it when my embroidery doesn’t turn out the way I expected — am I not talking about my color choices. I’m talking about the unusual pull, puckers and just plain weirdness. Whey doesn’t mine look like their’s? Here are some tips to try when your embroidery design just doesn’t seem right:

• Rethread the machine, including reinserting the bobbin and removing and reattaching the embroidery unit

• Does the bobbin thread show on the right side? If so, use a lighter-weight bobbin thread

• Clean the lint from the bobbin area — a can of computer air spray works great for this

Embroidery Needles• Change the needle — make sure it is the right size and type, we recommend Klasse embroidery needles for most designs. And, make sure there is no adhesive residue on the needle

• Slow down the machine stitching speed — the faster it stitches, the more stress it puts on your fabric and embroidery

• Slightly loosen the upper tension

• Make sure the fabric and stabilizer are secure — you could also add a piece of wash away or hydro-melt stabilizer to the design


Must Have Stabilizers

Posted by on June 25, 2010 | No Comments

Words of embroidery wisdom from Debbie Cleek:

With all the stabilizers available selecting the proper stabilizer can be confusing.  Many of stabilizers come in black and white, adhesive and non-adhesive, heavy and light weight.  As your embroidery skills grow and you experiment with new techniques so will your stabilizer collection.    The stabilizers listed below are great ones to get you started and you will find they are stabilizers that you will not want be without.

Cut-Away Soft – This stabilizer is good for heavy duty projects and great for sweatshirts.  It is a cut-way stabilizer which means the excess stabilizer around the outside of the design will be cut away while the stabilizer will remain behind the design to support it through many washings.  When using this stabilizer, you can hoop it with the item to be stitched or hoop the stabilizer by itself and float the item on top of the stabilizer.

No-Show Mesh – This stabilizer is perfect for baby’s items and linens; items that will be laundered but do not require a heavy stabilizer.  This is a permanent stabilizer that will not wash out when laundered.  After embroidering, trim the excess stabilizer leaving approximately ¼” around the outer edge of the design.  This stabilizer will be soft and gentle on a baby’s skin.  It is also light enough so it will not leave a stabilizer shadow on your linens and home décor items.

Tear-Away Firm – This is great stabilizer to use for denim, canvas, corduroy, and other heavier fabrics.  It also works great for craft projects like embroidered note cards.  This stabilizer provides just enough support for the stitching to help prevent puckering, tunneling and distortion with designs of all stitch counts.  It also tears away easily after stitching making it the perfect choice for stitched note and greeting cards.  After stitching, the excess is torn away.  The stabilizer left behind will soften and wash away after multiple washings.

Hydro Melt Topping – This is a must have stabilizer when embroidering anything with a nap such as towels, fleece blankets and velvets.  This stabilizer holds the nap down and prevents it from poking through the stitching.  When stitching heavier knits it also prevents the stitching from sinking down into the knit.  It is very easy to use, simply hoop your item as would normally and layer a piece of this stabilizer on top to cover the design area.  When your design is finished, tear away the excess from the outside edge of the design, the remainder washes away when laundered.

Press -Away Topping – This stabilizer is perfect for times when you need to use a wash away stabilizer but cannot get the item wet.  It works just like Hydro Melt with the exception of the need to wash it away.  Hoop your item as you would normally and layer a piece of this stabilizer on top to cover the design area.  When your design is finished, tear away the excess from the outside edge of the design, the remainder is removed by pressing with a medium to hot iron.  This is also great for red work and open work designs like Sashiko.  You can press away the stabilizer and not have the time delay of rinsing and drying the piece before continuing with your project. 

You can find these stabilizers at Amazing Designs or Sew and Craft Club.


New In-the-Hoop Project

Posted by on June 10, 2010 | No Comments

 Fast in-the-hoop construction makes these whimsical eye-masks an easy gift idea.  Requires the In-the-Hoop Eye Mask embroidery design collection (ADC-172) and Stabilize It! No-Show Mesh cut-away stabilizer.

FYI: Lwt. Weight Stabilizer

Posted by on May 5, 2010 | No Comments

LARGE 1oz Light Wt Tear-Away|Amazing Designs offers several stabilizers in pre-cut sheets designed for the 4×4 and 5×7 hoops. One of my favorite stabilizers is the Light Weight Tear-Away.

The Light Weight Tear-Away prevents show-through and multiple layers provide added support. It’s great to use on lightweight wovens and knits, small motifs on blouses, jackets or wind-breakers, denim shirts or knit turtlenecks.


Stabilizer for cuffs, collars, pockets and more!

Posted by on April 27, 2010 | 1 Comment

Choosing the right stabilizer can be overwhelming. There are so many types and uses, it can be hard to pick the right one. So, over the next couple of weeks we’re going to introduce you to the stabilizers in the Amazing Designs line — Stabilize It!

Let’s start with one of our favorites and a staple in our embroidery stash — Stabilize It! Self-Adhesive. This eliminates hooping the fabric, replaces those nasty spray adhesives, and doesn’t leave a gummy residue on your needle or machine parts.

We use this product when embroidering items too small or irregularly shaped for hooping, such as cuffs, collars, pockets, and children’s garments. It also prevents knit fabric from stretching in the hoop. And, don’t forget to use it to prevent hoop burn on fine fabrics, napped fabrics, synthetic suedes, leather and fleece!

Oh yeah, and the best part about Stabilize It! — it’s pre-cut for your 5×7 or 4×4 hoop! I suggest one of both so you’ll always have the right one on hand.


More than just Designs…

Posted by on March 22, 2010 | 2 Comments

Amazing Designs, is a great place for high quality, professionally digitized designs. But, did you know there is more to this brand than designs?

Amazing Designs has several other great products to shop — all to help you get the best results from your embroidery:
1. Stabilizer — Stabilize It! is pre-cut (think of the time savings!)
2. Software — from editing and lettering to digitizing and hoop-splitting, you’ll be able to make your design perfect
3. Conversion box — got designs on an embroidery card, no problem, Amazing Box MAX or Little MAX is your answer
4. Exclusive Nancy’s Notions products — Sewing with Nancy has several unique products to make your embroidery easier