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Date: 7/13/12 12:49 PM

I've never prewashed towels for Monogramming, but I'm getting ready to do some pricey towels. I don't want the Monogramming puckering after they are laundered. What do you do?

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Date: 7/13/12 1:19 PM

I always prewash everything. And I do it in the hottest water temp that I can for the material. That way if there is going to be any shrinkage, I will get it shrunk before I spend all my time and effort on the embroidery.

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Date: 7/13/12 7:44 PM

If you've spent enough to call them "pricey" you should "spend" a little more and prewash them.

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Date: 7/14/12 8:56 AM

Thanks for the input! It's not a matter of taking the time to prewash. My concern was mainly for the appearance of the towels as a gift, i.e. I didn't want them to appear used. New towels look so, ummm...perfect, you know?

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Date: 7/14/12 9:45 AM

Buy an extra one and monogram for your own use. Then prewash to see (1) did the towel shrink when compared to the others and (2) did the embroidery distort.

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Date: 7/15/12 8:04 AM

I always prewash my towels to make them shrink before I embroider. I agree that you don't want to loose that "new towel" look, but you can still have that look if you wash properly. I prewash towels the same way I would wash them in my regular laundry, but use only a dab of detergent and add a Color Catcher Sheet to absorb any extra dye. I dry them on regular heat then iron them with steam and remove any lint. The sticky roller or one of the lint combs used for removing sweater balls works well. I also iron the towels after embroidering ( use a press cloth over your embroidery design) and they look like they just came off the store shelf.

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Date: 7/15/12 12:35 PM

And, Topshelf, when you get done with all that, a new towel recipient doesn't even have that first big build up of lint in their own dryers.

Or worse, for someone like my son and his fiance in New York without laundry facilities, an unpleasant surprise when the towels have to go through a commercial laundry which would most likely ruin them if they hadn't received your meticulous care.

Thanks for the heads up on how to freshen the towels after the prep work and embroidery.

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Date: 7/15/12 1:24 PM

Yesterday at a Floriani Event, the presenter showed a bunch of embroidered towels, all of which were laundered after embroidery. The sales pitch, of course, was to tout Heat n Gone stabilizer. I have to admit I was impressed, although I didn't buy the stabilizer. I'm going to play around with what I have using the laundry techniques you all have suggested first. Then I might spring for the Heat n Gone. Anyone used it for doing towels?

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Date: 7/8/14 4:08 PM

I tried that on a dish towel that has a little bit of a nap. I've ironed it off after removing what I could by hand, but there are funny little hard pilly balls forming where the stabilizer was and I can't get them to iron off.

Have you had this happen? I think I am going to run up to my local sewing center (dangerously close to me!) and see if anyone there can help me out. I want to give this as a gift.

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Date: 7/9/14 6:39 AM

We used Heat-n-Gone at a class at my Bernina dealer, with mixed results. What I learned in that class was that I won't waste my money on it.

If you're going to launder the towels after embroidery, like the Floriani Event people did, why use Heat-n-Gone, which is meant for dry-clean-only fabrics? Just use a water-soluble stabilizer on top and it'll disappear in the wash.

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