Flour Sack Fun!

I love the look of the vintage flour sack tea towels….

It’s pretty fun to re-create them today with the incredible embroidery machines now available…

I picked a couple of designs from embroidery library and a patriotic one from stitchtopia and made some sweet little vintage look flour sack tea towels…

Towels available here.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/fiddlestixnstitches?ref=search_shop_redirect

Machine Embroidery on Towels

I think when most sewers begin to think about getting started with machine embroidery the first thing that comes to mind is a towel….It’s a great place to start…but a few hints and tips will get you off to a great start and admiring your work in no time…

First, purchase a good towel… I use Better Homes and Gardens terry towels…. they are plush and thick and wonderful to embroider on… lesser quality towels are just that… thin and loosly woven and not good for most machine embroidery files…

I use medium weight tear away in my hoop and I “Float” my towel…I float most everything….I use my steam iron and press a fold down the center of the towel top to bottom and then I decide where I want my embroidery and press a fold from side to side..this way I have a center spot and alignment folds to line up with the marks at the top and bottom and sides of my hoop…I sometimes use a little 505 temporary spray but not always… sticky stabelizers and sprays pull at the little loops on terry cloth and can snag your towel…

I always use wash away stableizer on the top of any fabric with a nap and terry towels have a rather large nap…so..tear away in the hoop, float the towel and water soluble wash away stabelizer on the top and you are ready to go!