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Do You Need Stabilizer For Hand Embroidery

The short answer is no, simply you don’t need to have a stabilizer for hand embroidery. Hand embroidery is a skilled craft that requires steady hands and good vision. However, it can be difficult to keep your stitches precise when you’re working with stabilizer. If you are hand embroidering a large piece of fabric then it is better to use a stabilizer. But if you are embroidering on smaller fabric that can be covered in one single frame, then you might not need a stabilizer.

What is an Embroidery stabilizer?

Embroidery stabilizer

Stabilizer is a type of adhesive that is typically used to secure thread to the fabric while embroidering. It is a sticky substance that is put on the fabric surface before embroidery to keep the fabric from shifting and puckering. It can also be used to help keep the embroidery frame in place.

Hand Embroidery

Hand Embroidery

Hand embroidery is a type of embroidery that uses a needle and thread to embellish fabric by adding decorative stitches. It can be used to add detail to clothing, accessories, or home decor. There are many different types of hand embroidery stitches, and each one has its own unique look and feel.

With hand embroidery, you make each stitch by hand with full control of the fabric, so there is little chance of it shifting or slipping. That means you don’t probably need a stabilizer while hand embroidering the fabric. 

Hand embroidery vs machine embroidery

Hand embroidery vs machine embroidery

Machine embroidery is an automated process in comparison to hand embroidery so there’s a high chance of puckering and slipping of fabric so it needs a stabilizer in most cases.

But in hand embroidery, as you are doing each stitch by hand, you actively monitor every single stitch. So there are very few chances of puckering or making a mistake. So hand embroidery can be done without a stabilizer pretty easily. 


In conclusion, hand embroidery does not require a stabilizer for most projects. If you are working on a project that is heavily stitched, or if you are using a difficult-to-stitch fabric, then a stabilizer may be necessary. Always test a small section of your project before applying a stabilizer to the entire piece. By following these tips, you can create beautiful hand embroidery projects with ease.

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