Once all the applique pieces have been cut, hoop a
piece of tearaway stabilizer taut. Madeira E-Zee Tear 1.5 oz. or
Floriani Tearaway Medium are good choices. Those brands are more
fibrous, less paper-like, and will tear more cleanly.
Use a size
11 or 75/11 sharp sewing needle, rather than an embroidery needle. A
sharp sewing needle has a smaller, finer point than an embroidery
needle, so that will make smaller perforations in the stabilizer.