Our Favorite Embroidery Stabilizer

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We go through yards of No-Show Mesh embroidery stabilizer every week!

We use it for the base of in-the-hoop embroidered quilt blocks, embroidered zippered bags and just about anything that needs a good stabilize base. This stabilizer is known by a couple different names: No-Show Mesh or Polymesh

No-Show Mesh stabilizer is a cut-away stabilizer. This waffle-weave looking  stabilizer has a soft drape, holds up to high embroidery count designs and can help keep the back of an embroidery design from getting itchy next to sensitive skin. For lightweight knit fabrics such as T-shirt polos and jerseys, this stabilizer will practically form to any body shape.

This very versatile stabilizer can be used just about everywhere.

No-Show Mesh cut-away stabilizer also comes in a variety of color options. The most common color is off-white. When working with white or very light colored fabrics, select the nude color for a true no-show result. And the for darkest of fabric that might be seen from the back side select the black no-show mesh stabilizer.

No-Show Mesh even comes in a iron on, fusible version and a wash-away version. See this funny post using Aqua-Mesh stabilizer to eliminate droopy embroidery problems!

No-Show Mesh Popularity

When Anita Goodesign started creating quilt blocks in an embroidery hoop complete with batting and embroidered quilting, we could barely keep up with the No-Show Mesh stabilizer demand. These unique designs require the user to hoop only a single layer of No-Show Mesh stabilizer and start the embroidery design.

Here are a few of our embroidery videos from our free Embroidery Video library that will give you an idea of how to create embroidery blocks in an embroidery hoop with batting and quilting.



Even the famous zippered bags start off with a layer of No-Show Mesh!


No-Show Mesh Roll Size

No-Show Mesh and Polymesh come in a variety of widths. With its popularity across the embroidery world, this is one stabilizer to buy in one or even two different widths to match with your own embroidery machine’s hoop sizes. Selecting the closest stabilizer width to your embroidery hoop width will save you time, money and stabilizer waste frustration.

Embroidery Tip:

Forget cutting a length of stabilizer – now we hoop No-Show Mesh right off the roll.

When embroidering multiples of the same item, quilt block or zippered bag, DO NOT CUT THE STABILIZER when the embroidery finished. Instead, rehoop close to the previous embroidery design and stitch the next design. By leaving less stabilizer between each design, a roll of stabilizer could last almost twice as long!

By moving each new embroidery design to within an 1” of the previous embroidery design, the amount of stabilizer waste will be greatly reduced.

No-Show Mesh Takes Center Stage

In Sara’s upcoming launch of her 3 1/2 hour online course “Embroidery Essentials”, No-Show Mesh has a staring roll in 12 of the 15 embroidery techniques featured. The “Embroidery Essentials” online course is designed to help you master your embroidery machine while learning 15 different embroidery techniques. This online course will be launching soon! If you want to be notified when this online course will be LIVE, sign up to receive the e-mails.

Now you know why No-Show Mesh has become a staple in our embroidery stabilizer arsenal. This would be a good time to check your No-Show Mesh inventory to make sure you have plenty on hand!

If you still need help mastering embroidery stabilizers, check out Craftsy’s online course “Stabilizer Savvy” by Terri Hanson.


  1. Hardie says:

    Great information. Thanks.

  2. Marie weeks says:

    Would like to know what the charge for the embroidery course cost and if we can pull it up again later for refreshing memory of how to do something? I have a PFAFF CREATIVE VISION machine and the old 7570 PFAFF. I am using NO SHOW MESH STABILZER NOW WHICH IS THE IRON ON FOR T SHIRTS. THANKS INADVANCE FOR REPLY.


    1. Hi Marie, Yes you will be able to take the course at your leisure and review sections whenever you would like. Thanks for your interest in the course we will have more details soon.

      The Sewing Mastery Team

  3. Tomi says:

    I did that class and love how easy it was to make a blackboard zipper pouch. How do I get the patterns for these.

    1. Hi Tomi, Those designs are available from Anita Goodesign.

  4. Charlene says:

    Is the class Embroidery Esdentials available yet, and if so, how much is it. Also I saw a video of yours the cupcake,flip flop, et. Looked like a change phrase. I would like ot purchase the pattern. How do I go about doing that. I have a Bernina 770 will that pattern work on the Bernina?

    Sarah, thanks for being there for us

    1. Hi Charlene, We are getting close to releasing Embroidery Essentials. The cupcake/flip flop patterns are from Anita Goodesign.

  5. Patti says:

    I have used the no show mesh on a number of projects, as specified, but my designs pucker. Can you tell me how to stop this from happening?

    1. Sara says:

      Hi Patti, We always use a minimum of 2 layers of stabilizer. When designs have a high stitch count or are very dense it is important to have to correct type of stabilizer. We love no show mesh but some designs require a stiffer stabilizer selection like two layers of tear away or two layers of cut away. Sometimes we even need three layers! It all depends on the fabric and the design. Hope this helps. If you can give us an idea of what you are trying to embroider we can guide you a bit further.

  6. Pauline Morrison says:

    On the Topaz 30 embroidery machine, is there a way to see what is going to be embroidered on a design?

    1. Sara says:

      Hi Pauline,

      The feature you are looking for is no on the Topaz 30. You will find that feature of the Viking Designer Brilliance 80, the EPIC and the EPIC 2.

      Sara Snuggerud

  7. GILLIAN PIKE says:

    I’m new to monogram onesies can you tell me where to buy poly mesh cutaway
    And cutaway stabiliser
    Thank you

    1. Sara says:

      Hi Gillian,

      Here is a link to buy Polymesh stabilizer:

      Here is a link to buy Cut Away stabilizer:

      Happy Embroidering!

      Sara Snuggerud

  8. Julie says:

    Hi Sara, I am totally new to this craft. I just purchased the Husqvarna Topaz 40. During this COVID-19 issue we are dealing with in-line classes are not available. Lucky for me I found you on YouTube. I have watched a few of your videos and read information from your site. So far, all helpful information to get me started and support my long term ride in this area. I have subscribed to your YouTube channel and will eventually sign up for your courses. So much to learn. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Sara says:

      Hi Julie,

      Thank you for reaching out! You are going to LOVE your new Husqvarna Viking Topaz 40 sewing and embroidery machine. Hope to see you in class soon!

      If you want to jump-start your embroidery mastery, the Embroidery Essentials online course has a $100 off coupon on the website this month. Even if you are ready to dive in all the way, the course is yours to keep for a lifetime. You can start getting the few supplies you need ordered now and then be ready to start when the time is right.

      Thanks again for finding us. If you ever need anything, let me know!

      Sara Snuggerud

      PS: Our store Heirloom Creations in South Dakota is open if you want us to put together a small box of goodies together for you. 😉


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