Far easier (on towelling) to just iron the area of the design, with spray on starch, being sure to iron in the one direction that gives the flattest result.
By doing this you get a flatter area on which to stitch without the added bulk of additional underlay stitching.
Just my opinion, but it is the way I always embroider on towelling. I will also add tearaway stabiliser, or dry cover up, on top of the towelling to help prevent pokies coming through the embroidery down the track.
If I just want to add support to prevent stitches sinking into fabric, I will use a layer of WSS on top instead of tearaway or cover up.
Everyone has a technique they prefer, you need to experiment until you find what works best for you.
Some designs have no underlay at all, when they should have, but short of digitising a universal underlay for such designs I don't know how you would do 'knock down stitches' to match each design just to fatten nap, or replace missing underlay.
Sorry it's not much help. :-(
Thanks for the detailed instructions and the variety of ways to do it! I agree about the lack of underlay in some designs that really need it. I suppose it's a balance between how stiff the design ends vs underlay. I never thought of starching a towel! Thanks!
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I cant find a design. And dont know how to seatch on this site
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You could accomplish the same by placing a piece of Tull on top of the material before you start embroidering. The Tull tears away very easy after you are finished and keeps the nap down.
I have what I thought was tulle, but I had a hard time removing it. Maybe that was because the white tulle on white towels was too hard to see...or maybe I need new glasses!