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From: Gypsywind3
Date: 05-11-2007, 07:00 PM (1 of 4)
Hi All,
I was just wondering if there is anybody out there that can give me some good advice on how to embroider on towles.
The towels that I'm going to embroider on are light/medium weight. I have been told that because they are light weight that it would be OK to hoop them.
I'm doing some trophy towels for my dog club show that's coming up and I want them to come out nice. Please Help :re:
User: Gypsywind3
Member since: 04-19-2007
Total posts: 4
From: bridesmom
Date: 05-11-2007, 09:13 PM (2 of 4)
Make sure you use a clear water soluble stabilizer on TOP of the towels so that the embroidery doesn't get lost in the terry cloth. The stabilizer helps keep the threads on top and keeps the little loops from sticking up through your design. I'd also use a tear away stabilizer on the bottom as well. Practice on a sample piece, if you have an old towel hanging around that is about the same weight too.

Myself, I'd try to hoop the towel and see if it's thin enough to work. The towels I did, when I tried to hoop them the hoop kept popping off, so I finally hooped the stabilizer, and basted the towel onto the stabilizer, then used 505 adhesive spray and tacked the water soluble stabilizer on top, THEN embroidered. I also had to make sure the towel was all piled up on the table and not sagging off cause the weight would pull the hoop up.
Tickled pink with my Innovis 4000D
User: bridesmom
Member since: 01-21-2004
Total posts: 2026
From: plrlegal
Date: 05-11-2007, 11:34 PM (3 of 4)
Another technique for embroidering on towels is to use a layer of bridal tulle on top. It keeps the design from sinking into the terry cloth akso and it is very easy to cutaway. i've also used the water soluble on top but once the terry cloth was washed, the water solublke stabilizer washed away and the design sunk right into the terry cloth.

User: plrlegal
Member since: 05-19-2001
Total posts: 318
From: ninifav
Date: 05-12-2007, 12:23 AM (4 of 4)
Gypsy, I rarely hoop my material...just my stabilizer..I usually mark my center and lines on the stabilizer, find my center, etc on my fabric, use 505 or quilt basting spray (away from machine)...Sometimes I use long pins to secure two corners..use a water soluble topping or the very thin tulle...It is easy...Paula
User: ninifav
Member since: 09-06-2004
Total posts: 204
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