Tips for Successful Embroidery on Towels: Free Video Tutorial

Embroidered towels are quick and simple gifts for just about anyone – who doesn’t need more towels? – particularly when monogrammed with the recipient’s initials. But stitching can be problematic – stitches fall between the loops of the fabric and disappear, or the stitched designs crumple and distort when the towel is laundered. Not good! But these problems are easily avoided by using the correct stabilizers and techniques, as demonstrated by Kay Hickman in this Tool Tips video. She also shows how to “hoop” towels which are too thick to secure in an embroidery hoop. Enjoy this “Hooping for the Best” video from BERNINA of America! Note: These tips are also helpful for applique.

hooping towel for embroidery

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3 comments on “Tips for Successful Embroidery on Towels: Free Video Tutorial”

    • I had the same dilemma therefore I did a class and we floated the towel above the hoop, first, we marked the towel to ensure that we lined up correctly with the template, then we laid the wash away above that, set the machine to stitch a basting stitch, held in place whilst this basting was done and set the machine to sew/baste really slowly. Once it is basted in place, go ahead a start the embroidery – works for me now. Hope that helps.

  • Make sure to TURN OFF the THREAD-AWAY feature. If left on, the thread-away feature will cause your hoop to travel beyond the taped down stabilizer topping and the foot will get hung up under the topping. I have had this happen and it is NOT good. This is true for anything you float on the stabilizer.

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