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:

05-KT4 Before and after washing with annotation

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:

05-WWBE Before and after washing with annotation

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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October 5th, 2013

The following are a few techniques to make hooping our Small and Large Cosmetic bags easier.

The basic procedure is one known as the “hoopless” method. It works well for small or hard-to-hoop items. Instead of hooping the item, the stabilizer is hooped and the item stuck to it using a temporary adhesive spray. Here are the basics:

  • First, hoop a piece of mid-weight tear-away style stabilizer.
  • Next, spray the hooped stabilizer with a temporary fabric adhesive like the 505 Spray we offer at www.embroiderthis.com.
  • Then adhere the area of the item to be embroidered directly to the sticky surface of the hooped stabilizer and you are ready to stitch!

If your embroidery machine offers a basting function, you may want to baste around the design area before you start stitching out the design for added security. If the item is extremely bulky, you may find it easier to hand baste the item to the stabilizer. For most items, the fabric adhesive spray is enough to hold the item securely without the added basting step.

To expose and flatten the design area for stitching, first turn the  item inside out! This makes it quite easy to flatten and isolate the area to be stitched. Roll any excess material out of the way and secure. You can use double sided tape, pins, and binder clips (available at office supply stores) to secure the extra material out of the way.

Hooping Cosmetic Bags for Machine Embroidery

Cosmetic bag hooped and ready. Note the duct tape holding extra material out of the way.

You can also use either duct tape or Super StickyDap® StikArounds™ adhesive dots. Both products have great temporary adhesive power and will hold the extra fabric out of the way while you stitch. The duct tape and StikArounds™ are easy to remove cleanly after stitching is complete.

July 6th, 2012

Deciding which needle type to choose for a project can be daunting. We carry a great selection of sewing machine needles specifically designed to give you professional results on your embroidery machine whether you are stitching on a basic home style sewing machine with an embroidery attachment or using a multi-head commercial embroidery machine. Below you will find some handy Needle Notes to take the mystery out of choosing the best needle for the job!

Needle Notes


We carry two Classes of Needles for Machine Embroidery at www.embroiderthis.com.

Home Machine Needles – the shaft of these needles that fits up into the sewing machine has a half round on one side and are flat on the other.

Commercial Machines – the shaft of these needles that fits up into the sewing machine is fully rounded.

Check the needle that you have been using in your machine to see if it has a flat side. If so, you will  use the home machine needles. If it is fully round, you should order the commercial machine needles.


Needles can have either a Sharp Tip or a Ball Point Tip. Sharps are used for woven fabrics (all of our cotton and linen fabrics offered at Embroider This! ). Ball Point Tips are designed to be used on Knit fabrics only (like our cotton interlock fabric).

Sharp needles pierce the fabric when they stitch. Ball Points push the fibers out of the way when they stitch so the needle slips in between the individual fibers. This prevents knit fabrics from getting a run (like in your stocking!). Our Ball Point needles have BP as part of the item#.


We offer two sizes of needles 75/11 and 90/14. The first # is the European number and the second# is the USA size designation. The tip of the needle that goes into the fabric  is thinner (smaller) on the size 75/11 than the stip  of the 90/14.

Use the 75/11 for most of our products. The 90/14 has a thicker tip and will make a bigger hole when it pierces the fabric. It is best for heavier fabrics like our blankets or throws.


We offer several options for quantity of the various types of needles. We offer a “variety pack” in the Schmetz brand 5 Pack (3 of size 75/11 and two of 90/14). We offer 5 packs, 10 packs, and 100 packs of the Organ Titanium Needles


Organ Titanium are the overwhelming needle of choice by Embroidery Professionals. Organ Needle Company’s Titanium Needles stay sharp longer, result in less thread breakage. The needles last much longer than other brands so you can save you money as well as aggravation!

Here is a handy chart outlining the Sewing Machine Needles for Machine Embroidery we carry at www.embroiderthis.com.