Embroidering Towels, Part I

One of the top 3 most embroidered items has to be the towel, yet, they are also one of the hardest items to embroider and have it look good. The secret to creating good looking embroideries on towels is twofold: 1) starting off with the right design and 2) specific steps when embroidering. If the design to be sewn is not up to par, there is not a lot you can do at the machine to make it look good, and vice versa.

First we will talk about setting up the design in the beginning using the Monogram Wizard Plus to give yourself the best chance of having a good looking towel embroidery. After setting up your design, before you save it to send to your embroidery machine, there are 3 things you should do to have the highest chance of success.


The first thing you want to do is increase the Boldness of the design to 120. This will make the strokes of the letter wider and act as pull compensation for the letter. Towels are generally made of a loose weave and tends to compress during the embroidery process causing the stitches to become thinner than expected. Increasing the boldness will act to compensate for this natural occurrence when sewing on towels.


The second thing you will to do is increase the Density. On regular towels increase the density to 110, on super plush towels, increase the density to 120. This will help insure proper thread coverage on the towel, and you don’t have the concerns about too many needle punctures affecting the integrity of the towel.


Always click the underlay button. If there is no underlay, clicking the button will add underlay. If there is underlay only in parts of the design, it will add underlay to entire design. Making sure there in underlay in the entire design makes sure that the “hairs” of the towel are held down both during the sewing process, and through the life of the towel, even after washing.


5 thoughts on “Embroidering Towels, Part I

  1. Thank you. I’ve been doing towels for years, and I’ve been doing it wrong. The information on your website has been so helpful in my designing process. And the problems you address were exactly what I was experiencing. Again thank you

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