I also use same thread top & bottom with the addition of fabric type water soluble stabilzer top and bottom, turns out much better, (in my opinion). Before I start to sew I bring the bobbin thread to the top of the design and pull out a considerable length of both threads to hold onto, then i very carefully hold onto both threads while I sew a few stitches, then I stop and cut them both off before continuing with the design, I do this with every thread change. Also, when i change the threads I cut back any long jump threads from the underside. Fiddly but it shows in the end result. roses 4U, M
Thank you Meganne for that info, very helpful indeed. My efforts would have looked neater had I been brave enough to cut the threads closer. However, with all the advice I have received I hope I'll do better next time.
Jean, I like how MOPS answered this - very nice technique - if you don't want to bother - just clip all the thread really close on the back - as if it where the top - or you could also - do a patch on the back - if you did it - so that it didn't take away from the top. *4U
Thanks Shirlene. I worried that by snipping the back threads, the embroidery would unravel when the towels were washed, so I left them longer than I would have liked and spoiled the look. I'll take yiour advice for the next time.
With hand embroidery that might be the case - but the way that the designers stitch thing over and over - I doubt it would happen.
Listen to mops elenu. also b careful of stabalizer U use I like it better when no stabalizer is left on back that can b seen *4U
Thanks Ibrow, I used quite heavy dissolvable top and bottom and same colour thread top and bottom, but it was snipping the threads at the back - I left them too long for fear of spoilt design when towels washed!
Already have your answer, so *4U ><>
Yes Joaniessw, very helpful answers, I'm pleased I asked about it. Thank you.
I have done what mops said for towels I give as gifts or sell. It's worth the extra effort.
Thanks Celticlady It is an effort to change the bobbin thread every colour change. It was just the back snipping that I didn't do too well!
see you've already got your answer, so *4U
Thanks kttyhwk - yes, very helpful answers too I'll not be nervous of snipping the back next time!
If you want to have a nice reverse as well as front, it is best to use the same (embroidery) thread on the bobbin. Takes some extra time (winding them and changing them) but then the towel will be nice viewed from both sides. Flower for you.
Thanks for the advice! I would like to make bath towels too. Do you recommend using solvie on both sides too?
Thanks Mops. It is tedious & I did do that but the threads were the problem, I clipped them but worried about being too close that they would unravel when the towels were washed. Shirlene says its ok to snip close so next time I shall clip closer!!