I have been researching Terial Magic, for sometime, but it wasn’t until I attended a recent #CHASHOW that I was able to get many of my questions answered. Terry McFeely, the creator, was giving demonstrations, as well as showing her kits for creating spectacular fabric flowers. As I had not had any hands on experience with Terial Magic, this event gave me an opportunity to learn, get answers to my prepared list of questions and more. I came away seeing many possibilities for quilting, sewing, embroidery and crafty enthusiasts when using Terial Magic.
Terial Magic is a liquid that comes in a spray bottle. It works differently than common starch, or Best Press, and is marketed as a low or no fray spray stabilizer. You simply spray it on your fabric, wring out the fabric, allow it to dry somewhat (~15-30 minutes), then iron and use as desired. Once pressed, your fabric picks up a paper like quality, which I found made it very easy to work with. My goal for evaluation of this product, was to try Terial Magic on a variety of techniques to see how it compares to other stabilizers commonly used for quilting, sewing, embroidery and crafting with fabric.
I quickly learned a little bit of Terial Magic goes a long way. Many fabrics that I previously had great difficulty cutting with various tools were actually quite easy to cut, once stabilized with Terial Magic.
For situations where we work with small pieces of fabric, such as detailed applique, as well as precision piecing of small pieces, Terial Magic made it easier to work with. I also realized that that possibilities of #CreativeGoodness when working with fabric, actually grow significantly, when your fabric has been stabilized with Terial Magic. I truly now feel possibilities of what you can create with fabric are endless! I’ll share some insights with you today on how I’ve used it so far, but I also plan to share more in-depth insights in the near future. And, needless to say, Terial Magic has now become one of my favorite stabilizers for quilting, sewing and embroidery!
I found cutting fabric on Silhouette Cameo was significantly easier after applying Terial Magic. (SVG and machine embroiderydesign by Marjorie Busby / Blue Feather Designs)
I used Terial Magic on a variety of machine embroidery projects and experienced great results all around. For machine embroidery applique’ (MEA) I found that I consistently got better results.
I was also pleasantly surprised that with some machine embroidery stitch outs I had great success, without using any traditional stabilizers. I’ll share more on this in the near future, as I want to do more research. But for now, I want to encourage those that enjoy machine embroidery to try Terial Magic with and without traditional stabilizers on a variety of projects. I’m seeing great results on many projects without the expense and time of applying traditional stabilizers.
Terial Magic works great for stabilizing fabrics for Craft projects. I’ll soon share more about these fun and fast 3D fabric flowers:
After using Terial Magic to stabilize fabric, I was able to get great cuts using acrylic templates that I had previously not had a good experience with. This is another project, I’ll be sharing more insights with you soon, but I wanted to encourage you to try Terial Magic when using acrylic templates.
I also found fabric stabilized with Terial Magic enabled crisper cuts when cutting with die cutting machines such as AccuQuilt, Sizzix, or eCrafter. I have found I get less threads caught in my die, as less shreadding of fabric when cutting certain low thread count fabrics with such die cutters.
After having time to try Terial Magic on a variety of projects, I found it to be an excellent all around stabilizer and is now my preferred form of stabilizing for crafty 3D fabric projects, applique’, machine embroidery, miniature quilts, as well as whenever you are working with difficult fabrics.
Here are some insights about Terial Magic, Terry McFeely, the founder of Terial Arts:
The idea for Terial Arts began April 2011 when founder Terry McFeely wanted to make single-ply fabric flowers that could be life size and 3 dimensional without all the fraying typical of any cut fabric. Terial Arts launched Sept. 2012 with this fabric solution product Terial Magic and Terial Arts patterns to make beautiful fabric flowers. Terial Arts is sold at quilt shops and online at terialarts.com.
If you are using a MAC, or have problems viewing this embedded video, here is a link to watch it directly in Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L35ZUuG7eVc#t=62
There are a variety of tutorial and inspirational videos on the Terial Arts website, as well as free tutorials. Their newsletter also shares projects with #CreativeGoodness, such as this cute floral pin that used a piece of burlap:
Terial Magic even helps to make burlap manageable. Here is a link to a free downloadable tutorial for 3D fabric flower pins: http://terialarts.com/content/Mini_TG_Trends_Snap-clip_instructionsPRINT.pdf
Terry is frequently adding new tutorial videos, as well as free downloadable patterns. She has also designed many stunning patterns for 3D wallhangins, 3D flowers and more. Plus, you can purchase complete project kits that she has designed:
Here is a sneak peek of Terry wearing Terial Arts new DIY Fairy Wings. This pattern will be released this Summer!
You can purchase Terial Magic online at Terial Arts, Amazon.com and it is also appearing in many quilt shops and sewing centers. If you don’t find it in your local stores, do let them know you’d like them to carry it as they may not yet be aware of it.
You can find Terial Arts at: