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Old 12-05-2022, 05:28 PM
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Mostly self taught because the dealer I bought my machine from went out of business about a year after I bought it and there isn't another one close by except for one that only wants to teach a particular designer's projects.
I am looking to embroider some tea towels and wonder what stabilizer folks would recommend? The tear away I bought is listed as 1.8 oz tearaway, and it stitches well, but the tearing away is more effort than I'd like.
So, what do you recommend that's readily available?
Should I use a stabilizer? Do I need a stabilizer?
Thoughts and advice appreciated, thank you!
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Old 12-06-2022, 02:08 AM
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I use a tear away wash away stabilizer on towels. If there’s any type of nap I float water soluble on the top.
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Old 12-06-2022, 03:19 AM
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I didnt realize stabilizer had a # weight so I did a quick search and found 2.5ounce (Medium weight) is recommended for towels. Well known embroidery design site provided this info: https://www.emblibrary.com/el/elproj...oductid=PR1256
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Old 12-06-2022, 04:36 AM
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What type of towel are you stitching and what type of design?

Here is a tutorial I watched a few days ago. The embroidery results looked nice when it was finished. A big concern is how the towel looks after it washed so stabilizer techniques are important. Don't forget to use a "topper" so the threads don't sink down into the fabric.

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Old 12-06-2022, 04:45 AM
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I always prewash my towels in hot water and dry them on high heat. You'll be amazed at how much they shrink. I use 2.5 stabilizer and a topper so the stitches don't sink into the towel.
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Old 12-06-2022, 07:19 AM
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I used to use a woven soluble stabilizer (Aqua magic) and topper on things like towels and also would take the time to wind bobbins in matching colors for the thread changes. Just made the back look a bit better too.
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Old 12-07-2022, 07:51 PM
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Thank you everyone for all the suggestions. I have been using the 1/8 oz stuff as a single layer on the back of a linen type cotton tea towel ( not fuzzy like a terry cloth towel)
I will update you on my efforts when I get back to the machine again
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