July 18th, 2017

The Men’s Satin Banded Handkerchief is the long-standing standard in a cotton men’s handkerchief. It is man-sized at 16.5 inches, is made of durable 100% cotton, and had the banding along the edge that gives it a touch of elegance.

We have recently introduced the Men’s Classic Banded, which is very similar in appearance. It shares all of the best elements of the Satin Banded, but the accent stripes are a bit different. Here is a close-up comparison:

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As you can see, the banding in the new Classic Banded is closer to the edge of the handkerchief. The other difference is the hem – the Satin Banded is a hand-rolled hem, while the Classic Banded is stitched. However, both are great everyday handkerchiefs, sure to please the gentleman (and gentlemen always carry handkerchiefs!).


What is ramie?

June 5th, 2017

Ramie, pronounced either ray-mee or rah-mee, is a natural fiber produced from a plant that is part of the nettle family. Although not well known in the United States, cloth made from ramie has around since ancient times – it was used to wrap Egyptian mummies as early as 5000 B.C., and it has been used in China for over 2000 years.

Ramie has an unevenness of fiber that resembles the thick-and-thin appearance of linen. It is one of the strongest natural fibers, somewhat stronger than linen, particularly when wet.  Ramie is extremely absorbent, softer than linen, and more easily dyed. It does not shrink, so it is frequently used as a blend with cotton to reduce shrinkage of a fabric item.

Ramie, like linen and cotton, wrinkles easily. Like linen, sharply pressed creases tend to be difficult to change, so it is best stored flat. Ramie shares linen’s natural stain resistance, and it can be machine washed with cold water and then line-dried.


Washing cotton towels

January 14th, 2016

With the introduction of our new Accent Stripe Kitchen Towel and Honeycomb Towel with Flat Band, we have had a number of questions about washing, and about shrinkage as a result of washing. When we washed these towels, shrinkage was about normal for 100% cotton towels. For the Accent Stripe Kitchen Towel, the shrinkage was about 7% in both dimensions, and the towel held up very well to washing. Here is a photo comparison, with the washed version straight from the dryer:

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The Honeycomb Towel with Flat Band was also washed and run through the dryer, using normal settings for a cotton towel. This towel had slightly more shrinkage, about 12% in both dimensions, likely due to the honeycomb-style waffle. The waffle held up well, retaining its distinctive pattern without the excessive waffling that distort the shape of the towel. Here is the before and after photo, with the after version pictured exactly as it emerged from the dryer:

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In both cases, these towels proved to be able to stand up to washing, making them a great item for your embroidery.


August 26th, 2014

Our newest products are burlap placemats and coasters. They are the first burlap items we have produced, so we asked embroidery expert Deborah Jones to show you how she recommends handling these items.

In the video, Deborah shows a step-by-step demonstration of hooping and applying stabilizers to these items, and makes offers some tips on stitch density and patterns:

The Stiffy stabilizer that Deborah mentions is available on Embroider This, as well as 505 Spray (an equivalent to the spray that Deborah uses). The basting stitch is also available (in DST format only, we are working on the other formats).


July 1st, 2014

Infant hooded robes are back on Embroider This and Wholesale Linens. The robes are our own design, made of thirsty 100% cotton terry with pink- or blue-striped accents. While they look great as is, you can add your own personal touch by adding a design or name.

In our latest “how-to” video, embroidery expert Deborah Jones demonstrates how to make a great looking embroidered addition to these robes. Note the technique of combining iron-on and sticky stabilizers to avoid pulling terry loops at 1:50 in the video:

The Solvy water soluble, Totally Stable, and sticky stabilizers that Deborah used are available at Embroider This. Also, the sailboat design is available on our Free Designs page, along with over two hundred other free designs.


April 17th, 2014

Our line of Children’s Aprons features bright, primary colors that make them appealing for so many occasions! And personalizing them with machine embroidery makes them extra special. Here is embroidery expert Deborah Jones showing some suggestions on placement of the embroidery, along with some decorating tips:

Both the Sulky Tear Away and Solvy are available at www.embroiderthis.com. And the  Mod Heart free design is one of over 200 free designs that we have available.

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January 26th, 2014

The Baby Bloomers with Pink Trim have been a popular addition to our line of Baby Bloomers, Boxers, Knickers, & Diaper Covers. Adding some embroidery to the seat area converts a useful product to a great gift, one that has been popular for many years. Embroidery expert Deborah Jones now demonstrates how to get that embroidered embellishment in just the right spot:

The kitty design that Deborah uses in this video is available on our Free Designs Page.  The Tear-Easy Stabilizer is available in both an eight-inch width and a twelve-inch width. Also available are the 75/11 embroidery needles, in a five-pack or a ten-pack. All products featured in this video are available at Embroiderthis.com

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January 5th, 2014

Our Variegated Weave Cosmetic bags make great gifts, particularly when you add your design or a monogram.   In this video embroidery expert Deborah Jones offers her tips for aligning, hooping, applying stabilizers, and removing stabilizers to easily create a wonderful gift. Here is her process:

The bag Deborah uses in this video is our new Variegated Weave Cosmetic bag. These cosmetic bags offer a wonderful variegated-color weave exterior made of durable 100% polyester. They have a sturdy zipper and cloth straps at each end, both done in white to accent the distinctive color weave. We also offer the ever popular Embroider This brand of waffle weave cosmetic bags. The Variegated bags and the Waffle Weave bags are both available in large and in small in multiple colors. All products featured in this video are available at Embroiderthis.com

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December 10th, 2013

Some of our cotton interlock products feature two layers of fabric, which gives them a wonderful plush feel. However, embroidering two layers presents some special challenges. Here’s industry expert Deborah Jones showing how to avoid the most common problems when dealing with this.

You can use the techniques that Deborah demonstrated on our interlock cotton toddler bibs, infant bibsreversible blankets, and hats. The Angel embroidery design used in the video is available in two sizes, and is one of hundreds of  free designs available at Embroider This.

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November 12th, 2013

The most frequently asked question about our White Cotton Waffle Weave Towels is: Should I wash them before embroidering? To answer that question, we asked machine embroidery expert Deborah Jones to test the process. Here’s what she recommends:

If you like the Teacup and Fleur-de-Lis designs that Deborah used on the waffle weave towels, you can get them at our Free Designs Page. And remember the White Waffle Spa Weave Towel and Colored Honeycomb Waffle Kitchen Towels, both featuring that distinctive waffle texture.

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