Every person who sews has their own way of doing things. I’m no exception, but my approach to most any sewing project is usually eclectic and conditional. In this case, I am embroidering towels for my two nieces. Well, not really for them: for their new dogs. Each towel set fits the décor of the house in which the dog lives and will make bath time a very special treat. There are two ways to stabilize towels when using embroidery. Camp one says you use a tear away stabilizer on the back which is discarded after the embroidery is finished stitching out so nothing shows on the back of the towel. Camp two says you use cut away stabilizer on the back of the embroidery which is left on for the life of the towel. I am in both camps since I use both methods, depending on the towel and on the embroidery design. If I am embroidering a kitchen towel, like a flour sack towel, and the design is light and airy, I use tear away stabilizer and discard it once the towel is stitched. For this project, I am using very fluffy towels and a dense embroidery design, thus the cut away stabilizer. This stabilizer will be seen on the back of the towel, but I think the stability the stabilizer will give the stitches over the life of the towel is worth it. This type of project is fast and fun and, depending on the cost of the towel, very inexpensive. This is how I did it.
This was such a fun and fast project. I hope, if you have an embroidery machine, you give this a try. I picked up these towels at Walmart and Target so my investment was more in time than in dollars!
This is my last blog entry for 2020. Look for the blog to begin again the first week of January 2021. Happy Sewing!