March '17

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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66 || P R I N T W E A R M A R C H 2 0 1 7 W hether you call them stabi- lizers or backing and top- ping, reaching for the right one gives your embroidered designs a professional appearance and an added edge of clarity. From basic backings to specialty stabilizers, the choices may seem daunting, but they are quite manage- able. Keeping up with what's new in the market, as well as being well-versed in the most popular problem solvers, will keep you on top of your game. THE BASICS The two primary categories of stabilizers are cutaway, which need to be trimmed around the edges of your design from the back; and tearaway, which can easily be torn to re- move excess material down to the stitch line. Within these two categories are different weights to choose from: light, medium, and heavy. However, having too much to choose from can overcomplicate the process. The type of fabric you are embroidering will steer you in the right direction. But, of Nancy Mini has risen in the ranks of Madeira USA's marketing depart- ment to become its Se- nior Marketing Coordina- tor & Backing Specialist, learning how to operate commercial embroidery machines along the way. Madeira USA's resident embroiderer, she is a go-to person when customers face production challenges. From basic back- ings to specialty stabilizers, the choices may seem daunting, but they are re- ally quite man- ageable. (Im- ages courtesy Madeira USA) ally quite man ageable. (Im ages courtesy Madeira USA) Building Blocks of Backing The Basics of Understanding Stabilizers B Y N A N C Y M I N I

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