Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Tuesday's Tips!

I get questions all the time about sewing and embroidery. This had led me to start 'Tuesday's Tips'.

Now... I am by NO means a professional at sewing or embroidery. Everyone has different methods that work for them. I will just be sharing tips that I have learned over the years and that work for me and hopefully you will find them useful. If you think of something you would like me to cover, just comment here or zap me an email.

The first tip for Tuesday is about embroidering on towels. I embroider towels a LOT. I actually REALLY love it, because typically I can leave the machine on it's own and not have to worry about fabric getting tangled up- like when you are embroidering RTW.

I made these two little towels for my Mom and Dad for Easter. We have a funny running 'inside' Peep joke in our family. So, my parents will appreciate these.
I tested the designs for Lynnie Pinnie (they are not available yet... but should be soon)

Okay... so back to tips on towels.
I do them all the same (regardless of size, thickness, or type of design (fill or applique)

*hoop one layer of lightweight tear away stabilizer
(I use this one from All Brands.com)
*NEVER try to hoop your towel!
(This can be one of the most frustrating things as a new embroiderer. I don't know how many times I messed up projects because the hoop popped out or wasn't centered!)
*spray a generous amount of adhesive spray to the stabilizer- I use Sulky KK2000. I use a 40% off coupon from Hobby Lobby just about every time.
*find the center of your towel and center it up to your hoop
*generously pin the towel to the stabilizer around the edges of the hoop
*Embroider as usual making sure to use one layer of WSS to the top of the design.
I use water soluble trash bags from a hospital supply store. They are much cheaper and work great. I could not find the link from where my Mom got them last time- but here is an Amazon price. This is a HUGE case- hence the HUGE price. This would last you a lifetime.
*never use fleece as a fabric to applique. The fluff from the towels make the fleece look really fuzzy and pilly over time- GROSS!

And that's it, that's how I embroider on towels.
I hope you find today's Tuesday Tip helpful!

And if you were looking for links for the owl towels from yesterday, click here.

I can't wait for my copy of The Princess and the Frog to get here! Come on UPS man!


jflasteele02 said...

Have you ever had any problems with the spray adhesive? I used to use a spray adhesive from Hancocks, but everytime I used it with my new machine (Brother Innovis 4000d), my needle would gum up and the thread would shred and break. Just wondering if you've had any problems. Maybe I should try the sulky because right now I hoop everything! Thanks for your help!

Macy said...

Awesome idea on the WSS-Thanks!

BConky said...

Here's the link for what I bought.
Good tip.


BConky said...

Love Pops Peeps. Too funny.

Julia said...

These will be treasured!