How to Embroider Towels

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Machine embroidery is a great way to personalize towels for the kitchen, bath, or beach. Whether you're adding a monogram or a design, you can create professional looking embroidery by using the proper technique.

Things You'll Need

  • Embroidery machine
  • Thread in appropriate colors
  • Digitized embroidery design
  • Towel to be embroidered
  • Medium-weight cutaway stabilizer
  • Light-weight water soluble stabilizer (such as Solvy)
  • Temporary spray-on adhesive (optional)
  • Sticky-back or Wet-and-stick stabilizer (optional for very thick towels)
  • Disappearing marker (optional)

For Towels That Are Thin Enough to Be Hooped

  • Determine where on the towel you want to place the embroidery. You can "eyeball" the location or print a design template and use a disappearing marker to mark the location.

  • Cut a piece of cutaway stabilizer slightly larger than your embroidery hoop and use spray adhesive to attach the stabilizer to the back of the towel.

  • Cut a piece of water soluble stabilizer slightly larger than your embroidery hoop and use spray adhesive to attach the stabilizer to the front of the towel.

  • Hoop all three layers (cutaway stabilizer, towel, water-soluble stabilizer) together. Use the marks you made in Step 1 to ensure that the towel is hooped straight.

  • Stitch out your design as you normally would. When the embroidery is finished, gently tear away the excess water-soluble stabilizer around the design. Trim the excess cutaway stabilizer from the back of the towel. Leave about 1/2" around the design.

For Towels That Are Too Thick to Be Hooped

  • Determine where the embroidery will be placed. You can "eyeball" the placement or print out a template and use disappearing ink to mark the towel.

  • Cut a piece of cutaway stabilizer slightly larger than your embroidery design. Use spray adhesive to attach the stabilizer to the back of the towel.

  • Hoop a piece of sticky-back stabilizer or wet-and-stick stabilizer. Attach the towel to the hooped stabilizer using the marks you made in Step 1 as a guide for placement. Make sure the towel is securely attached to the hooped stabilizer as any shifting will cause the embroidered design to be misaligned.

  • Cut a piece of water-soluble stabilizer slightly larger than your embroidery design and use spray adhesive to attach it to the top of the towel.

  • Stitch out your embroidery design as usual. When the embroidery is finished, gently tear away the excess water-soluble stabilizer around the design. Be careful when removing the towel from the sticky stabilizer so that the threads of the towel are not pulled loose. Trim the stabilizer on the back of the towel leaving about .5" around the design.

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