Monogrammed Terry Cloth Towels

Created By:

Milinda Stephenson of Milinda Sews

Skill Level: Intermediate

Despite all of the fancy designs you might comb through on embroidery websites, books or magazines, the most common embroidery created on home embroidery machines are monogrammed towels. Why? Because they are quick, easy and inexpensive. Monogrammed towels are practical and perfect for almost every occasion - weddings, going-to-college, birthdays, graduations, housewarming parties, new babies, holidays, etc.

If you're new to machine embroidery or if you've embroidered for a dozen years, you will certainly be embroidering towels. In this step-by-step guide, Janome Maker Milinda Stephenson shows you what the industry experts suggest as the best way to machine-embroider monograms on towels. 

Janome Supplies Required

*These towels were embroidered using the built-in designs on the Janome Horizon Memory Craft 15000

  • Thin terry cloth towel
  • Medium weight tear-away stabilizer
  • Lightweight, clear wash-away stabilizer
  • Embroidery thread
  • Size 11 or 14 embroidery needle
  • Full bobbin with embroidery bobbin thread
  • Monogram (either built into your machine or downloaded to your machine)
  • Scrap fabric (for pre-sewing design for perfect placement)

Step 1: For Perfect Placement

  • Hoop your scrap fabric. (You may use interfacing or cut-away stabilizer.)
  • Choose your monogram design.
  • Embroider on scrap fabric.

Create Template

  • While the sample is still in the hoop, trace all the way around the inside of the hoop.
  • Draw a centered line from the top to the bottom of the hoop.
  • Draw a second centered line from the left to the right side of the hoop.

Place Template on Towel

  • Remove from the hoop.
  • Cut around the outside of the hoop line.
  • Find the center of the towel.
  • Center the template on the towel and pin.

Step 2: Hoop Your Towel and Stabilizers

  • Place the tear-away stabilizer beneath your towel.
  • Center your template inside the hoop. (The sample you pinned to your towel.)
  • Using your palms, press the inner hoop into the outer hoop - effectively hooping your fabric. (You may need to loosen the screws on your hoop for the fabric to fit properly.)

At the Machine:

  • Remove the template.
  • Secure the hoop in the machine.
  • Float a piece of lightweight clear water soluble stabilizer on top of the towel.

Step 3: Embroider

  • Press the start button and monogram your towel.

Step 4: Finishing

  • Remove your towel from the hoop.
  • Using your fingers to stabilize the embroidery stitches, gently tear-away the upper wash-away and the lower tear-away.
  • To remove the stray bits of wash-away, use a wet cloth and dab away the excess. The rest will wash away during a normal washing.
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