How to Embroider a Towel

by Amanda

Below is a simple guide to help you embroider a towel using stabilisers, a basting stitch and SuperSolv to embroider your favourite design with ease.


Step One

Hoop one layer of washaway stabilizer as shown below.


Step Two

Mark your towel using a wash or iron out pen to show where you want your design to be stitched.


Step Three

Place the hoop in the machine, then transfer and select your design.


Step Four

Position the design using your favourite method. This will depend on which machine you are using.


Step Five

Run a basting stitch around the outline of your embroidery design to keep your garment in place whilst the embroidery is being stitched out. A basting stitch also helps you to visually check the position of the design on the towel before you start stitching. If you find that the design is not at the desired angle, you can unstitch and redo this step to get the perfect position.

There are a number of ways you can baste stitch your embroidery designs. These are outlined below:

Use your machine’s built-in basting stitch

If you are unsure if your machine has this function please refer to your machine user manual. The manual should also guide you through step-by-step instructions on how to complete a basting stitch.

Apply a basting stitch to your embroidery design

This can be done on your computer before you transfer your design over to your embroidery machine, and it will be displayed as the first step when you run this embroidery design on your machine. Each software program will have different steps to complete this task. It is normally in the top File navigation menu, under tools or utility as “Baste Design, Auto Baste etc.”. If you are unsure use your program “Help” and type in Baste.

Download a free baste stitch for your hoop size from Echidna Sewing

Please note these are all .dst files so you may need to convert them into your preferred embroidery design file.


Step Six

Once you are happy with the placement of the basting stitch, place a layer of Supersolv over the top and run the basting stitch again to hold it in place.


Step Seven

Check presser foot height. It should be sitting just above the top layer of SuperSolv as it starts to stitch. If the foot is set too low or too high, it will cause thread breakage. Adjust it in your machine settings as required.


Step Eight

Stitch your embroidery design.


Step Nine

Once the embroidery is complete, remove the hoop from the machine and remove the basting stitch and excess stabilizer/topping from the towel. Launder if you wish (I personally like to) before using or giving away as a gift.

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