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Date: 5/12/11 8:52 AM

I cannot find bath towels anywhere that I like. I like plain and simple bath towels, and almost all of the ones I see in stores have those bands of varying widths on the ends which just doesn't do it for me.

Has anyone ever made bath towels, and if so, how did you finish the edges? I'm terrible with applying binding, and the terry seems too thick to hem.

Thanks!

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Date: 5/12/11 9:00 AM

I have done that a long time ago, 1 turned the hem in about 0,5 inch single layer and used the "3 step zig-zag" to sew over it.

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Date: 5/12/11 9:04 AM

Terry is indeed nasty to hem, and it pills fluff all over the place once you've cut it. You can edge it with bias tape--it gives a clean edge, and then you only have one thickness of terry to mess with.

I've sewed with terry from yardage and repurposed old towels for bibs, and the terry from yardage is considerably thinner than towels that you buy--good for projects, but I don't know that I'd want to use it as a bath towel.

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Date: 5/12/11 3:09 PM

Have you shopped on line for "spa towels" or something like that? Perhaps that's a way to get affordable PLAIN towels. When I did a search using those words I found some.

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Date: 5/12/11 5:19 PM

I've cut a huge towel into smaller towels that are in use all the time. I hemmed the edges (folded under, then folded under again). I used a denim needle on a basic sewing machine. From what I remember getting the fabric under the needle wasn't easy but the sewing itself was fine. The edging has stayed tidy through several years of laundering, but it does look bulkier than a 'standard' towel.

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Date: 5/12/11 5:22 PM

I would look into how to sew fake fur or other pile fabric like that -- the tips may be applicable to terry as well. I haven't done this myself, but will look forward to hearing what you end up doing. Best of luck.

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Date: 5/12/11 5:34 PM

What about serging the edges?

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Date: 5/13/11 5:17 PM

If you find a source for nice terry, I'd like to know about that!

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Date: 5/13/11 5:27 PM

There are so many interesting sewing projects out there. I can't imagine taking the time to make a towel!

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Date: 5/13/11 6:49 PM

Depending on whether you have a serger or not - you might be able to surge the ends with a decorative threads and get a really nice finish that way. If you do - use a water soluable stabilizer or some other kind of stabilizer that will just pull away . You will get a much better result as the threads won't sink into the terry as much and you won't get as many threads poking through.

I hate the bands too - only because they usually shrink up so much. Never thought of making my own towels though - great idea!

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