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A 1.5 oz “wet laid” biodegradable adhesive non woven stablizer With the best and most needle friendly adhesive used in sewing – to date!

It is used in "hoopless" or clamp type embroidery applications for hard to hoop items such as heavy towels, CD cases, backpacks, cuffs, collars, socks etc.

With Eco Stick embroidery in every area is possible.

It is used for fabrics that can be marred by the hooping process to avoid hoop "ring burn" like velvet, suede, ultra suede, some leathers , satins. and other
delicate fabrics.

Eco Stick utilizes the latest and the most needle friendly adhesive available. It will avoid gummy build up and residue on needles and hoops which can lead to excessive thread breaks.

Please note that Eco Stick will support medium density stitch counts up to
Approximately 6,000-8,000 stitches. For higher and more dense stitch counts just add another layer of tearaway - hooped or "floated" under the hoop.

Please note: With adhesive stabilizers we always suggest that embroiderers slow down their machines about half of normal and use titanium needles and or silicone spray wiped on the needles.

OMG!!!! This stuff (Eco Stick) is the best thing since sliced bread!! I have been struggling with hooping fleece baby blankets for years. I used it this morning for the first time and hooping was easy using the sticky paper and my design is as soft as the blanket. Thank you. I read other people's comments on the PR600 Yahoo group and went from there. Your are a genius.
Michele Owens

I have used my favorite, the Eco-Stick, on a variety of things, but found the best use I have for it is on light weight horse blankets, sheets and coolers--it allows re-positioning, and holds well to the various fabrics used in those items, but doesn't leave a sticky residue, which is great when the items being embroidered go directly on the animal, due to it neither sticks to the hide in that area, nor does it attract undue amounts of lose hair on the back."Tena, Digital Pens & Needles

"Just want to let you know that I tried the Eco Stick sample.  I love it!  I used it on a towel.  It stuck perfectly and the towel removed easily without pulling any of the terry.  The monogram stitched out nicely.  I'll definitely use this product."

"I just wanted to let you know that I  had a chance to use the Eco Stick on several different projects last week.   I immediately noticed it is thicker than the brand I currently use and  it seemed to sew out really well ˆ no problems with gumming up the needles!" Pascale Randolph - The Embroidered Touch

Thank you so much for helping me with my order for the EcoStick 920 which was developed by Fred Lebow. I was fortunate to be able to test stitch for him with using this stabilizer. It is far more satisfactory than any other "sticky" I have used. With most sticky stabilizers, after a few stitches, you begin to hear the thumping noise from your machine where the needle is "gummy" and is beginning to drag the stabilizer up when it stitches. No with this one! I have been anxiously waiting the time when I would be able to purchase it. It is wonderful!! No gummy needles and it holds my towels (and anything else I have used it on) exactly where I want it while I am doing my embroidery. I would highly recommend it to anyone because I know they will be as pleased as I was when they used it.
Thanks for your prompt attention to my order."
Murphy's Design


No Show Nylon Mesh



No Show mesh is a nylon mesh stabilizer with a embossing pattern. It is more multi-directionally stable than previous versions. Therefore it will hold more stitches per single layer than the regular perpendicular patterned mesh leading to better and tighter registration or definition per single layer. If you add a mid weight tearaway as a sandwich it can hold an even higher stitch count!

It is perfect for left chest logos, pique knits, T Shirts, infant items and micro fiber apparel. 

Also available in a FUSIBLE version!

By fusing the stabilizer to the back of the garment, the fabric will not move or stretch leading to better registration. The stabilizer is temporarily attached to the entire area where the embroidery will be stitched eliminates the use of messy spray adhesives which only "spot" tack and allow shifting of the fabric and are quite messy leaving residue on needles hoops and machine parts

We use a low melt fusible - 260 F so as not to scorch or shrink your fabric.

When you are finished with your embroidery, re-fuse the edges- peel back and trim around your design.

One layer should support 10-12,000 stitches of a moderately dense design.
If you sandwich a tearaway behind it, it should hold a lot more!

Use the fusible version to cover up scratchy stitches on the back of the embroidery.

"With the other brands of "no-show" mesh, I often felt the need to double the layers -- using one diagonally, and the other horizontally. I am thinking that the new diagonal no show will probably alleviate the need for the second layer (example -- t shirts, polos, etc.), as the diagonal is incorporated into the one layer. I have always loved using "no-show" mesh products, and expect that this one will be especially good for many applications."
Linda's Sew 'n So

"I used the diagonal fusible mesh today and it was superb!!! It was so soft and was easier to trim the excess off the shirt when I was finished"
Karen Torluemke
K 'N ME Designs

Wash Away

Wash-Away Dissolvable Stabilizer

  • Soft & Sheer
  • Stronger Then Films
  • Completely Dissolvable
  • No Fiber Residue
  • Great For Free Lace, Emblems, Napkins etc...
  • Perfect for fleece blankets

Please test thoroughly prior to beginning any project.

  1. Before handling Wash-Away, be sure that hands and work area are completely dry.
  2. Cut piece larger then hoop. Hoop Wash-Away with or without article depending on application.
  3. If spray adhesive* is needed, apply light coverage only where needed. *Note: This may cause difficulty in the removal of Wash-Away if used too liberally.
  4. Embroider / Sew article.
  5. Too dissolve, submerge article in liberal amounts of warm water and apply a slight agitation, or run through a delicate wash cycle. Due to hard water conditions, it may be necessary to repeat this step

Cloud Cover Stitch

Fuse Cloud Cover Stitch over the back of a finished design to cover scratchy stitches on the backside of

embroidery designs. It is soft and sheer - ideal for baby garments, golf shirts,or tees. Anywhere to avoid a scratchy irritant to the skin!

Please note: Cloud Cover Stitch is not a stabilizer.

Cloud Cover has a very unique multi directional stretch. It bonds at a moderate temperature with your fabric but will in no way adversely affect the bulk or drapability of your garment.

It is also used on silks and satins in order to arrest any unraveling or shredding while sewing.

"I just wanted to let you know that I placed a small order for a few different things. I'm always looking for ways to save. I'm particularly interested in the Cloud Cover and ordered the cut sheets in white and black. Since most of my designs are for babies and children, I'm often asked about what to use on the inside of garments. This will put me in a position to make a recommendation based on actually usage (and I'm sure my grandson who is 6 months old won't mind if I use it on his shirts!). I also order some of the press and tear for my daughter who makes custom skatewear for children and has been looking for something like that so that she can stabilize the spandex used in a skate dress
Thank you again for arranging to send the samples. This packet was a wealth of information."

I promptly opened the Cloud Cover, both colors, and have used both on orders today. I really like the easy-fusing results ...  can already tell it's going to work well on my embroidery jobs! Thanks again!!
Betsy Faske, owner Needles and Pins

Tearaway - Washaway

An tearaway, which is completely biodegradable, is now available from Cotswold Industries. Tearaway Washaway is composed of half water-soluble and half non-soluble fibers. Excess stabilizer is torn away and any remnants are dissolved as soon as the garment is washed. However, underneath the stitches, the threads and non-soluble fibers intertwine to continue to support the embroidery. So registration remains tight and professional looking.

This tearaway comes in 1.5 ounce and 2 ounce to accommodate a wide range of fabrics and applications. It is ideal for open-type embroidery designs on light cottons and linen.

Thermal Stick

Turn your embroideries into appliqués or patches with this unique, pressure-sensitive, fusible stabilizer. Once heat is applied, Thermal Stick creates a permanent bond with almost any fabric.
Thermal Stick’s specially formulated pressure-sensitive adhesive keeps the stabilizer firmly in place while embroidering, but at the same time makes it easy to reposition multiple pieces as necessary. It also won’t gum up your needles causing thread breaks, needle breaks, or damage to garments. It is machine washable and dry-cleanable.
To turn a design into a patch or appliqué:

  1. Trace the outline of the trimmed design on the back of the release sheet. *Remember that you need to trace or draw the reverse of the image.
  2. Cut out the shape along the outline.
  3. Using a medium temperature iron, fuse the shiny side (not the release paper) to the backside of the embroidery. The iron should not be set on steam, and you will need to use between 3 and 6 seconds of dwell time for a good bond.
  4. Once it has cooled, peel the release paper from the back of the embroidery design exposing the sticky side.
  5. Position the embroidery on the garment and press into place. Using a press cloth to protect your embroidery, press from the appliqué side and underneath the fabric/garment for a secure bond. Finish by stitching around the embroidery with a satin or straight stitch.

How To Make Appliqué Using Thermal Stick

  1. Trace the design to be appliquéd onto the protective paper sheet of Thermal Stick.
  2. Trim around the image leaving at least ¼-inch border around the outside.
  3. Fuse Thermal Stick to the wrong side of the decorative fabric using a medium to high temperature setting on your iron. Fuse for 3 to 6 seconds without using steam. The fusible side of Thermal Stick is the soft, shiny side. Hold the iron in place for at least 3 seconds and then flip the piece over and press again on the fabric side.
  4. Once cooled, cut out the appliqué design along your trace lines.
  5. Peel back the protective sheet to expose the sticky surface. Let the appliqué cool before removing the paper.
  6. Position the appliqué piece on the garment and press into place. Press on the appliqué side and the fabric side for maximum bonding. Finish by stitching around the appliqué with a satin or decorative stitch or any running stitch.

Tip: Pre-washing your materials prior to using them for appliqué can allow for a more secure bond.
Test all materials and procedures thoroughly before applying to a finished garment.

Press & Wash

Free Standing Lace, Appliqué, Fleece blankets, Fabric Scarves

This unique product is a fibrous water-soluble stabilizer with a gentle sticky surface that is perfect for those hard to hoop items. It will work better than film stabilizers as fibers hold stitches far better and tighter than films, and the fabric like texture holds much better in the hoop. The threads become easily entangled with the fibers leading to tighter registration.

  • It will support most freestanding lace designs with just one layer.
  • It rinses away easily and cleanly with no messy residue.
  • It is perfect for delicate fabrics.
  • Press and Wash is also made in a regular version called Washaway. It is used for items that can be hooped. It does not have a pressure-sensitive adhesive on the back
  • To dissolve, submerge item in warm water and apply a slight agitation. If your item is washable and you want that soft feel, run it through the delicate cycle in the washer.
  • The more you wash out Washaway extra – the softer it is.
  • For stiffness leave some of the residue in place - wash away
    less vigorously.

With adhesive stabilizers we always suggest that embroiderers slow down their machines to 500-600  stitches per minute and use titanium needles and or silicone spray on the needles.

Press & Tear

Easy Embroidery for those hard to hoop items!

Press & Tear is a needle friendly pressure sensitive adhesive tearaway stabilizer. It allows you to embroider those hard to hoop items with rarely any residue on your needles. Perfect for those difficult jobs like: CD Cases, Cooler tops, heavy towels or blankets, collars and cuffs, socks, and heavy jackets or anything that is difficult to hoop.

Even tiny baby socks are easy with Press and Tear. You hoop the stabilizer…not the sock! Just place the stabilizer in the hoop, release the paper backing, and lay and smooth out the baby sock. Pin back the additional sock area out of the way and you have smooth surface ready to embroider. When finished just release the embroidery, and remove any excess from the back. Releases with ease, but holds perfectly while embroidering.

The stabilizer is a 1.5 oz, dense, “wet laid “ non-directional, non-woven tearaway that contains needle lubricants to promote needle glide and reduce sticky build up. It tears away cleanly and easily leaving none of the fuzzies behind.


  1. Place one piece of Press ad Tear in the embroidery frame with the release paper side facing up.
  2. Score the surface or the corner of the release paper
  3. Peel back the paper to expose the pressure sensitive adhesive sticky surface.
  4. Stick down the item to be embroidered and pat and smooth out any wrinkles.
  5. Stitch away.
  6. Remove the stabilizer excess stabilizer by gently tearing it away from around the design.
  7. If you have a high or dense stitch count –above 6,000 or so stitches

You can “float an extra layer of regular tear away underneath your stitching area.

Photos / Designs courtesy of www.adesignbylyn.com

"I have to say that I have never liked sticky stabilizers...my machine always broke threads and the needles gummed up. I finally had a chance to use the sample Andy sent me. It worked like a charm. I stitched a name on a knitted dog sweater that is for a chichihua. It was so small that I needed to use my smallest fast frame. I was having a hard time hooping it until I remembered the sample. It worked like a charm! Thanks! I may have to place another order soon to have that for those hard to hoop items!
julie in Alabama
PS...thanks for all your hard work to develop such wonderful stabilizers!"

Fusible Fleece

Our light & heavy weight fusible fleeces are the perfect products to add dimension to your embroidery and quilting.
They are both more dense then traditional batting, making for better loft and stability while remaining fully washable or dry cleanable and will not deteriorate in the heat of the dryer.

The fusible version of this fleece holds your project in place while quilting or stitching. The fusible is made to activate at 300 degrees F or a medium iron setting. Fuse the shiny “rough” side of the fleece to the reverse side of your fabric. It is suggested that you use a press cloth to protect the fibers of the fleece.

The uses for our fleece products are only limited by your imagination!

You can add a unique 3D effect to your quilting and embroidery fabrics using either weight of fleece. It is ideal for traditional quilted items like placemats, quilts, dolls, quilted purses, wallets, potholders, baby quilts and more. You can also add dimension to your Appliqué by adding a bit of the lightweight behind the appliqué fabric for that "puffy" look. Perfect for ornaments, and rag quilts or T-Shirt quilts as well. It is helpful to gently steam it a bit before using to minimize any possible shrinkage.

Photos & Designs Courtesy of www.adesignylyn.com

EMB 200 Childrenswear Stabilizer

When embroidering on apparel for infants and children, you need a stabilizer that will be soft and comfortable against their skin. Cotswold offers EMB 200 for just this purpose. Itís made of super soft melt-blown 100% polypropylene and ensures that the wearer will never know itís there. Itís embossed with perforated holes for multidirectional stability. Itís also inherently fire retardant.

EMB 200 is washable and dry-cleanable once the excess is torn away. Excess material may disappear in the dryer or in the dry-cleaning process. It comes in a 1.8-ounce weight and will support low stitch counts on any type of childrenís wear fabrics such as jersey, interlock, 100% cotton or cotton/polyester blends. It comes in a 59-inch width by 100-yard rolls or 8 inch by 8 inch pre-cut squares.

Wonder Wipes

Cotswold Industries’ Wonder Wipes are designed for a range of cleaning jobs around a decorating shop, including wiping spills and stains, or wiping down equipment, screens, clean glass and counters. The wipes are made of quality wet-laid nonwoven materials and are environmentally friendly, according to the company. They measure 8" x 8" and are available in packs of 100, 250 and 500 sheets.

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