Hi, Sandy. It is a sticky tearaway stabilizer that tears easily. Here's some more information from the manufacturer (DIME): "Of course, some of the stabilizer will remain in the embroidery (and just beyond the edge of the stitching) but it definitely does tear away. We always recommend selecting designs that are not too delicate (such as design with small, intricate stitches, or airy, open areas). Once stitched, use your fingers to 'punch' out the embroidery at the edge of the design. It is difficult to remove the sticky stabilizer from inside small areas such as the openings a, b, e, etc."
We hope this helps!