Tear away backing is a non-woven material that tears easily in any direction and can be easily removed after embroidery. Tear away is extremely simple and fast to use, but the uses are limited because it offers little support to unstable fabrics. Some examples of fabrics suitable for tear away are cotton sheeting, heavy woven dress shirts, denim, terry cloth, and hats. Tear-away backing is a favourite among embroiderers because of it’s ease of removal. It is simply torn away from the garment after the embroidery is finished. It often has a feel that is similar to paper, and leftovers can be rough against skin. It is best used with stable materials, as the backing offers little support for the material.