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Glossary embroidery & apparel decoration terms

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A woven or nonwoven support material added to the back of the fabric being embroidered. It can be hooped with the item or placed between the machine throat plate and the hooped garment. It comes in various weights in three types- tearaway, cutaway and washaway. Backing is often called stabilizer.


Collection of thread between goods and needle plate that resembles a bird's nest. It's formation prevents free movement of goods and may be caused by inadequate tensioning of the top thread or flagging goods.


Spool or reel that holds the bobbin thread, which forms secure stitches on the underside of the fabric. A special lightweight embroidery thread is generally used when sewing out embroidery designs.

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