This post was published the by   on our French blog Vie Janome. I have translated it into English as I think it offers some good information on embroidery on terry toweling and similar fabrics. Christmas is over for this year but , no matter, the principle applies to any embroidery design you might like to try. Terry toweling is thick with a pile of loops. In order not to have the embroidery sink into the pile of the terry, the fabric should be covered with water-soluble stabilizer before embroidery. This plastic-like film is designed to flatten the loops so they do not come out through the embroidery threads. Stabilizer under the towel will also be needed to anchor the towel in/on the hoop. I really like to use the Janome ASQ22 hoop for towels as it copes so much better with thick fabrics than regular hoops with the inner hoop & screw closure (Liz) 

sapin mauve

The new Memory Craft 15000 V2 is purple and so is the embellishment of the towel for showcasing this new version of our top of the line Embroidery machine: the Janome MC15000 version 2. Purple organza is pleated with the Janome Ruffler attachment while the decorative Braid is added with the serpentine stitch (no alterations were made to the settings of this popular stitch).



Since this terry fabric is thick, sometimes the inner hoop slips and it is quite a fiddle to get the thick towelling hooped.  As already mentioned above, I (Liz) like to use the ASQ22 magnetic clamp hoop. However, here is another alternative: firmly push the inner Hoop into the outer hoop after loosening the screw more than you usually would. Also use the magnets that will keep the two parts of the hoop together.  A third option is to hoop the stabilizer ONLY and then baste the towel on top of the stabilizer using the basting function. This anchors the terry toweling in place without crushing the fabric in the hoop – causing “hoop burn”.

When the embroidery is completed, remove the stabilizer from the underside and tear off the water soluble stabilizer on the top.

Now the questions arises… with or without rhinestones/crystals? Everything depends on the use of the towel!

2 sapins





About lizafrica

I am the National Education Manager for Janome & Elna Canada (including Artistic Creative products) and I LOVE to sew! I have been employed full time in the sewing and quilting industry for almost 30 years so I bring a wealth of sewing knowledge & expertise to this blog. I enjoy all forms of sewing from quilting to sewing garments to machine embroidery and software. Pretty much everything in my life is seen through the eyes of a passionate sewer! I am constantly on the look out for fun, innovative and inspiring ideas to share with you all on this blog. I also love to read, knit , travel and spend time with my family and friends.
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  1. Rebecca Hulme says:

    I have the MC 11000 SE and the Artistic Sewing Suite software. I have been experimenting alot with the software but recently had a dilema. My grandson wanted a skeleton playing a guitar surrounded by flames. Well I found two .jpg images to work from but am finding it difficult to combine the two DRAW files into one design. Any suggestions?

    Also, I would like to know how the ASS software compares to the MBX 4.5 software as I am working towards doing this professionally?


    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Rebecca,

      Thank you for your query. However, the scope of your query goes beyond what this blog comment forum can offer. What you really need is comprehensive training on your software and much practice to perfect digitizing techniques. Combining jpeg images is, however, not something generally done in a digitizing program. That would have to be done in a graphics software program. Possibly you could research that on google? There may be a way to do it in our software but as we concentrate on the digitizing aspects, I would not like to guess at the answer to this.
      The Artistic Sewing Suite software version 6 compares very well with MBX v 4.5. The programs complement one another with some functions & features being done by one & other functions by the other program. Certainly for most functionality, they both do it well. You would need to speak to your local Janome dealer for more information on a comparison between the 2 software programs. Or you could compare the features of both from the http://www.janome.com & http://www.artisticsewingsuite.com websites. There is also the Software Helpline 1-800-631-0183 Ext775. They could probably answer a few queries after you have done your research. I doubt they would offer a full comparison of the 2 programs as that is not really the purpose of the helpline.

      Janome Canada.


      • Rebecca Hulme says:

        Thanks Liz, but I did figure out the problem. I had the 2 .Draw files open and had not saved them yet so somehow that prevented me from copying one into the other to complete the design. I have been in touch with Trevor Conquergood and have taken some of his turorials but had not run across this problem before.


      • lizafrica says:

        Glad you figured that out. Happy digitizing.


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