by bisch 13 Aug 2007

When embroidering on terry cloth, how do you keep the nape from coming through the stitches.Thank you

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by dixie 15 Aug 2007

I have always used a product called Solvy in Australia it is a water soluable fabric and I have found it better than other water soluable fabrics. I have also used this on stretch cotton fabrics for T Shirts etc and also on windcheater material, it pulls away from all of the fabics easily. This is also great to use when you make pieces of lace, but it is adviseable to put 2 layers of it into your hoop when making lace.
Good Luck with your projects
Regards Dixie

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shirlener88 by shirlener88 23 Mar 2008

Good tip!

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by carrie 15 Aug 2007

The inexpensive solution is to try plastic wrap. It is a little harder to pick out some of the small bits, but it usually breaks down enough with stitching.

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shirlener88 by shirlener88 23 Mar 2008

Oh my - I would never try plastic wrap on any embroidery.

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by cutiepie 14 Aug 2007

Yes, a water-soluble "topper" is probably your best bet. That will keep all the little nap loops from peaking through the stitches. There is also a heat sensitive stabilizer that I know some people use. I can't think of the name right now, but you "melt" it off using a warm iron after you are done sewing. The advantage of this over the water-soluble is that after you have removed the outer edges, the remainder of it stays in place so that even after multiple washings, the nap still can't work its way through the stitching. I have seen that happen a few times with the water-soluble toppers (although not always). I hope your towels turn out beautiful. =]

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cutiepie by cutiepie 14 Aug 2007

Huh. Don't know why that went up twice. Anyway, I forgot to mention, if you do use the water-soluble topper, be sure to pull/cut away as much as you can before you rinse/spray away the last little bits. Otherwise, you can wind up with a sticky mess.

shirlener88 by shirlener88 23 Mar 2008

It just happens - if the server is slow and you happen to hit the submit button a second time - thinking that you had not hit it the first time - hehehe!

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by cutiepie 14 Aug 2007

Yes, a water-soluble "topper" is probably your best bet. That will keep all the little nap loops from peaking through the stitches. There is also a heat sensitive stabilizer that I know some people use. I can't think of the name right now, but you "melt" it off using a warm iron after you are done sewing. The advantage of this over the water-soluble is that after you have removed the outer edges, the remainder of it stays in place so that even after multiple washings, the nap still can't work its way through the stitching. I have seen that happen a few times with the water-soluble toppers (although not always). I hope your towels turn out beautiful. =]

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by bisch 13 Aug 2007

Thank you for your help, as I tried to embroider a few hand towels and the design came out blouchy, I will give these a try.
Thanks

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by jrob Moderator 13 Aug 2007

You use a topping to keep all of the little "pokies" from coming through. There are several brands, such as Sulky Solvy (desolves in water), OESD AquaFilm, wash away. If I'm giving as a gift and don't want it pre-washed, I just spritz it with a water bottle and dab away the residue with a paper towel, BUT most of it can just be pulled away from the stitching.

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shirlener88 by shirlener88 23 Mar 2008

Good advice!

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