Sewing with Terry Cloth: Tips and Tricks

Terry cloth can be fun to make cozy projects out of. Understanding how to properly sew terry cloth together will make your projects look professionally finished.



  • Terry cloth is not only known for its unmatched strength and long-lasting durability, but also for its soft and versatile nature.
  • Here are some important tips to keep in mind when properly caring for robes, spa covers, and towels. Before caring for a terrier, it is important to learn more about what they are.
  • Terry cloth is a fabric made of 100% cotton threads that is made by weaving or knitting.
  • The fabric has a cotton base, and this base is covered with thousands of loops or hooks of cotton thread – these hooks catch and hold water droplets. The more loops in a terry cloth, and the larger the loops, the more absorbent this element will be.
  • Due to its absorbent nature, terry cloth is often used to make towels, washcloths, bathrobes, slippers, and more. Terry cloth is perfect for any piece where comfort and/or absorbency is the desired factor.
  • It should be pre-washed because it will shrink the first time it is washed.

Care and use of terry cloth

Although terry cloth is a strong and durable material, proper care will extend the life of cloth robes, towels, slippers, and more!

  • It is highly recommended that only non-chlorine bleach be used on a terry cloth. This will prevent the terry from being damaged, since chlorine is very strong on the terry; It tends to weaken the fibers over time as well.
  • Drying terry cloth requires making a few important choices. Using a dryer is the quickest option, but it’s not always the best option to extend the life of your terry. If you decide to use your dryer, using a lower heat setting is better for a terry cloth. If you really want to protect the terry cloth, line drying is suggested! By allowing items to be dried only by natural air, their use will be prolonged.

BERNINA presser foot is recommended for sewing terry cloth

Introduced Reverse Pattern #1 / 1C / 1D

Reverse Pattern #1/1C/1D provided a smooth, flat sole with a slight indentation in front of the needle as well as one behind. This allows stitching of thread patterns that move forward and backward.

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Overlock Foot #2/2A

Overlock Foot #2/2A is designed to be used with stitches that overload or overcast the edges of the fabric. Using this foot and the overlock stitches of the BERNINA sewing machines, the edges of the fabric are kept flat as it is fed and finished in one operation. Available in two versions, both designed for use with a maximum stitch width of 5.5 mm. Foot #2A has a larger sole that fits the wider feed dog for machines with a maximum stitch width of 9mm.

Footed Overlock Block #12/12C

The Overlock Foot #12 / 12C was originally designed for knitting knit sweaters. Cloudy seam allowances form thick ridges that don’t feed smoothly under a regular sewing foot, so Bulky Overlock Foot #12 is designed with a groove in the sole that allows knit seam allowances to feed easily under the foot where they are sewn. The most common use of this foot today is to make custom tubes to accent the seams and edges of clothing, pillows, purses, and other DIY projects.

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Tips for sewing on terry cloth

To set up my BERNINA 790 PLUS machine to knit terry cloth together, I used the Creative Consultant feature.

Once you open the creative advisor, you arrive at a page with several different types of canvas icons. I choose the towel icon.


From here I can choose the type of sewing I want to do with the terry cloth. If you need help figuring out what the icons represent, simply touch the help icon (the question mark) and then tap the icon.


This is the part I love about the creative advisor. The machine suggests the appropriate stitch, needle, thread, and foot pedal.


Then, I just confirm the selection, change the needle, thread, and foot pedal, and the machine makes all the settings that work for me. You can see how the machine set the tension, foot pressure, foot pedal pressure, stitch width, and stitch length. In addition, the creative advisor chose the best stitch to stitch the terry cloth together.


To tie my fabric together, I first need to mark a 5/8″ seam allowance on two pieces of fabric. For this, I used a frixion pen.


Then trim the excess seam allowance from one piece of fabric.


Overlap the edges of the canvas, right to left. Align the raw edge of the freshly cut fabric along the drawn line. Wow, clip these two fabrics together. For visual aid purpose, I use two different colors of terry cloth.


Using Reverse Pattern Foot #1D, I aligned the cut edge of the fabric with the inner toe of the ironed foot. Stitch along the raw edge.


Turn the fabric over and repeat the previous step, stitching along the remaining raw edge on the reverse side.


You now have a nice finished seam that brings terry layers together.

Have fun exploring the creative advisor feature on your device. It really takes the guesswork out of sewing with tricky fabric or fabrics that you may not use often.

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Happy stitching~


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