Backing and Stabilizer Guide

At KYS Embroidery Supplies we carry backing manufactured by QST- John Solomon.  They are the world leaders in embroidery backings.  All the products supplied by KYS are non-directional and very dense. These backings have no give or stretch when hooped. You will achieve a “skin” tight tension for improved registration of your designs. One piece of backing is all that is necessary in most applications. Do not fall into the pitfall of layering backing. Digitizing and poor registration problems are not solved with extra layers. Additionally, styles 633, 824 and 498 are specifically designed to be soft. This is beneficial if the embroidery will be in contact with the skin. Using the correct backing is the foundation of good embroidery. We would be pleased to send a sample packet containing the backing & stabilizer products. KYS offers many different sizes of backing whether in bundles or rolls to ensure you have the best options available.

Backing and Stabilizers
Backing and Stabilizers
Backing and Stabilizers

Performance Wear (Moisture Wicking, Stretchy Garments)

Use a piece of 315 NO SHOW MESH.  Spray this with 505 adhesive spray. (this adhesive will not gum up the needles nor leave any residue on the fabric.)  Adhere the 315 to the garment and completely smooth out.  This prevents the garment from stretching and puckering.  Add a piece of 633 tearaway with no adhesive and hoop together.  Embroider as usual.

Piques, Knits (T-Shirts and Polo Shirts)

Low to medium stitch counts – use the 2-ounce soft cutaway style 824.

High and more dense stitch counts – use the 3 ounce soft cutaway style 498- most popular and most recommended!

The preferred backing for lightweight knit or a lightly colored knit is our cutaway 315, “no show mesh”. This product can be used alone or with tearaway 678 or 633 to prevent any shadowing through of a heavier backing. It will improve the appearance while maintaining stability.

Woven Shirts and Jackets

Low to medium stitch counts – use the 2-ounce soft cutaway style 824.

High and more dense stitch counts – use the 3-ounce soft cutaway style 498- most popular and most recommended!

Terry (Robes), Fleece, Sweatshirts

Low to medium density small design – use the 2-ounce soft cutaway, style 824 or soft tearaway, style 633.

Full fronts and large designs – use the 3-ounce soft cutaway, style 498 or soft tearaway, style 633- both the 498 and 633 are excellent choices.

To prevent stitches from being buried in the fabric use 100 Solvy as a topical.


Stable nylons with lower stitch counts – use soft tearaway style 633.

Less stable nylon or higher stitch counts – use soft cutaway, 824 (2 ounce), 498 (3 ounce).

Typically, if a design is for the back of a jacket (full coverage), it’s best to use at least a 14 3/4 ” x 14 3/4″ piece of backing. 


2.5 ounce firm tearaway, style 611 or 3 ounce 612.


Medium to heavy stitch counts – use firm tearaway, style 678.

To prevent stitches from being buried into the fabric, use 100 Solvy as a topical treatment.

Fire Resistant/Retardant Fabrics

For special projects that require flame resistant materials such as Flight Jump suits, Fire Fighter or First Responders use the 601 Flame Retardant Tearaway backing along with Super Safe Nomex Embroidery Thread and don’t forget a Nomex Fire Resistant Bobbin (available as individual bobbins)



For jobs that are for waterproof, water-repellent or water resistant jackets and clothing apply THERMOSEAL backing. THERMOSEAL waterproof sealant is heat-activated film that waterproofs embroidery work sealing your needle punctures.

1. Remove stabilizer after embroidery process from waterproof or
water-resistant fabric.
2. Cut a piece of THERMOSEAL 2-3 cm larger than the embroidery design.
3. Place THERMOSEAL onto wrong side of embroidered fabric, adhesive
side facing down (the adhesive coating faces out on roll, slightly glossy
4. Seal with heat press Temperature: 130°C – 150°C
Pressure: medium pressure
Time: 10 – 15 sec.
5. For maximum adhesion, allow THERMOSEAL to set for 48 hours after
pressing, before administering any washing tests.


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