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Message Board > Machine Embroidery > embroider on cotton towels ( Moderated by Pyrose)

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Date: 8/3/12 4:54 PM

hello I am wanting to embroider on some 100% cotton towels for a wedding gift but I've never done it on anything but denim and cotton/blend fabric is there a trick to doing it on towels? any suggestions and tips would be great thanks PR

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Subject: embroider on cotton towls Date: 8/3/12 7:00 PM

My first tip would be to buy an extra towel, just in case. My second would be to check out the amazing tutorial section at Embroidery Library, here.

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Subject: embroider on cotton towls Date: 8/4/12 9:44 AM

Use a water soluble topping on the top to keep the loops down. A tearaway should be on the back.

If you have choices in your software, here are some tips for lettering: When you set up lettering, use a "zig zag" underlay that sews the length of the letter then comes back and sews back over it. You can also up density a bit and use some pull compensation.

If your hoops will not accept the thickness of a towel, you can use a sticky stabilizer like "Perfect Stick" by Floriani. Hoop the sticky backing with shiny side up. Score the top gently with a sharp pin, going only through the first layer and peel it off. Stick the towel down to this and carefully pin on the water soluble topping in the corners where your design will not sew. Use a baste feature if your machine has one. Then embroider. Make sure to get the sticky backing off immediately, leaving it for any length of time can make the loops of the towel pull off.

If desired, you can wind a bobbin with your top thread because the white bobbin thread would show on the back.

Hope some of these tips help.

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Subject: embroider on cotton towls Date: 8/4/12 10:49 AM

Wash and dry that extra towel to see if it shrinks before you do any embroidery.

If it does, then it would be best to lightly prewash the other towel(s).

It may also be a good idea to use poly instead of rayon thread, just in case bleach gets added to the wash.

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Subject: embroider on cotton towls Date: 8/5/12 5:51 PM

thanks ladies for the advice and tips i have one more silly question i have a stablizer but lost the paper that came around it telling what kind i am like 80% sure its tear-away least that what i been using it for is there a way to tell for sure what type it is. these towels are for a wedding gift and just want to make sure everything turns out great thanks again

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Subject: embroider on cotton towls Date: 8/6/12 7:48 AM

Just try to tear it..if it tears, it is a tearaway. If it doesn't it is a cutaway.

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