you use tear away, and when should you use
cut away? To make that decision, consider
the fabric. If the fabric is lightweight,
weak, or a big weave, then use cut away. If
the fabric is heavy, like denim or canvas or
duck cloth, then you can use tear away.
When fabric is made, manufacturers don't
anticipate that anything will be added to
it. When we're working with fabric, we need
to support the stitch tension and thread
weight that we add to it with embroidery. So
if you are working with heavier fabric, then
you can use a weaker tear away. But when
working with lighter fabrics, then cut away
is the best choice.
It's tempting to use tear away because it's
so convenient. It's fast, it's easy, and you
don't have to spend time snipping around the
backside of the design. Cut away can feel
strange against the skin, and sometimes has
a draping problem when it's not trimmed
closely enough. But if quality is important
to you, then stick to cut away for those
light weight, weak, and stretchy fabrics.
It's important to note, too, that tear away
and cut away aren't your only options. The
shelves are filled with other options, like
sticky-back, iron-on, water-soluble, etc.
Sometimes it can take some trials and
testing to find the best support for the
fabric. But once you get the right
combination, you'll get great results, every