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    Hope someone can help me. :roll:

    I want to monogram a towel wrap for my MIL for xmas.
    Do I need to put any special stabilizer or anything on top of the towel to keep the stitches from sinking into the towel??
    Thanks!!

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    Yes, a light water soluble stabilizer will keep the stitches on top of the towel and out of the nap :D:D:D

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    I would use a wash away on the front of the towel. I have also used Something called heat away brush off stabilizer, I found it at a Salvation army resale store.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ms Grace
    Hope someone can help me. :roll:

    I want to monogram a towel wrap for my MIL for xmas.
    Do I need to put any special stabilizer or anything on top of the towel to keep the stitches from sinking into the towel??
    Thanks!!
    Yes, you need to use water soluble stabilizer on top to keep the stitches from sinking in. Sulky makes Sulky Solvy in two weights. Either one will work for towels. If you have more questions PM me and I can help you out.

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    Thanks everyone for all the quick replies.
    I really appreciate it. :-D
    Guess I'll need to go to Hancock fabrics tomorrow. ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by grann of 6
    Quote Originally Posted by Ms Grace
    Hope someone can help me. :roll:

    I want to monogram a towel wrap for my MIL for xmas.
    Do I need to put any special stabilizer or anything on top of the towel to keep the stitches from sinking into the towel??
    Thanks!!
    Yes, you need to use water soluble stabilizer on top to keep the stitches from sinking in. Sulky makes Sulky Solvy in two weights. Either one will work for towels. If you have more questions PM me and I can help you out.

    What is the better weight to use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ms Grace
    Quote Originally Posted by grann of 6
    Quote Originally Posted by Ms Grace
    Hope someone can help me. :roll:

    I want to monogram a towel wrap for my MIL for xmas.
    Do I need to put any special stabilizer or anything on top of the towel to keep the stitches from sinking into the towel??
    Thanks!!
    Yes, you need to use water soluble stabilizer on top to keep the stitches from sinking in. Sulky makes Sulky Solvy in two weights. Either one will work for towels. If you have more questions PM me and I can help you out.

    What is the better weight to use?
    I have used both. I think I like the lighter weight best but either will work fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grann of 6
    Quote Originally Posted by Ms Grace
    Quote Originally Posted by grann of 6
    Quote Originally Posted by Ms Grace
    Hope someone can help me. :roll:

    I want to monogram a towel wrap for my MIL for xmas.
    Do I need to put any special stabilizer or anything on top of the towel to keep the stitches from sinking into the towel??
    Thanks!!
    Yes, you need to use water soluble stabilizer on top to keep the stitches from sinking in. Sulky makes Sulky Solvy in two weights. Either one will work for towels. If you have more questions PM me and I can help you out.

    What is the better weight to use?
    I have used both. I think I like the lighter weight best but either will work fine.
    Thanks so much! :D

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    YES YES YES - when doing towels, I use stabilizer on the back and I use 2 layers of topper - my favorite is OESD's Aquafilm.

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    I don't use stabilizer on the back just thread in the bobbin that matches the towel. With wash away on the front.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Up North
    I don't use stabilizer on the back just thread in the bobbin that matches the towel. With wash away on the front.
    You really need stabilizer on the back to keep the towel from stretching, thus causing puckering around the embroidery. It also keeps the fibers from sinking down into the throatplate of the machine. The stabilizer won't show after the stitching because your matching thread is covering it, and the stabilizer helps keep the stitching nice after the towel has been washed many times.

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    I use Vilene on top to keep the stitches from sinking into the nap of the towel. Denise

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    I always use water soluble on top and cutaway on back. Cutaway will let you wash the towel forever and it won't pucker when washed .

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