For the first time in many years, I am finished with my holiday sewing before the day I need to give the gift! You laugh, but that’s a big deal as many of you know! I made a concerted effort this year to sew our gifts without stress by: planning my work, starting early and sticking to the plan. I saved the simplest projects for last and so this week I embroidered some hand towels purchased from Target to give to my nephew’s family who are avid Disney fans. I have taught the lesson on how to embroider towels for the last few years while teaching “Embroidery Basics”. In case you have an embroidery machine and in case you need a last minute gift, this is a review of that lesson. The only difference between what we did in class and what I did this week is that I embroidered this on my Brother Luminaire that I purchased from Bonny’s this past February rather than on my Husqvarna Viking or my Pfaff.
Step 1: Use a towel of your choice and find and mark the vertical center of the towel.
Step 2: Use a fabric marker to mark the center to help align the design.
Step 3: Measure and mark one inch from the top of the band at the bottom of the towel.
Step 4: Hoop your stabilizer. For this I used tear away stabilizer for a clean finish on the back once the embroidery was complete. After aligning the design and towel with the stabilizer in the hoop, attach the hoop to the machine and align the machine with the markings on your towel. It will be important to make sure the bottom of your design is straight.
Step 5: Using a film type water soluble topper, baste the topper and towel to the hooped stabilizer using the Basting feature on your machine.
Step 6: Embroider the design.
Step 7: Release your towel from the hoop and carefully remove the stabilizer and the topper from the towel, making sure to hold the stitches so they don’t tear from the stress of removing the stabilizer. Enjoy!
I hope all your projects turn out just the way you want them to. I will be taking time away from the blog to enjoy time with family and friends over the holidays, but I will be back in January! Happy Sewing!