My first impression: it is messy!
You will constantly encounter scenes like this one while you work on your project-at your work table, the ironing board, around the machines, on the floor, etc. I would definitely recommend wearing an apron while working with terry cloth, or else you'll have it all over your clothes. Be sure to remove the apron when you leave your workspace so you won't spread the sheddings throughout your house! It is a good idea to keep your area clean as you work. Take the time to wipe off your surfaces when you see a lot of accumulation. It will surely keep the mess from getting out of control.
Next: it is thick and bulky.
I used longer stitch lengths while sewing with the terry cloth, both on the machine and the serger. Occasionally, the needle would "catch" on the loops of terry and pull on it. But that didn't happen often. I really didn't encounter any difficulties sewing with it on the sewing machine. Using the serger was a different story.
The terry cloth made it through the serger in a single layer just fine. But sewing the double layers of a seam was difficult for the serger's cutting blade to handle, especially on longer seams. Instead of piling up in the tray, the cuttings would continue through past the cutter and become entwined in the serged seam. I tried pulling slightly on the cuttings as they emerged, but only with limited success. The picture on the left shows two different serged seams. The seam on the left worked perfectly; the one on the right shows the bulkiness of the seam where the cuttings were entangled.
A good tip: Use a different colored thread where possible.
Should you need to undo a seam, the loopiness of the terry cloth makes it nearly impossible to find your stitches. I was using white thread on white fabric, and wasn't able to make a correction that I needed. If you are a beginner (or a perfectionist like me), it's a good idea to use a different color of thread on areas that will not be seen. Choose a light, but different color. I could have used a light pink on the hidden areas to distinguish my stitches from the pile of the fabric.
Finally: Encasing and/or serging cut seams is a must.
The shedding of this fabric comes from its cut edges, not the fabric surface itself. Serging these cut edges will keep it from shedding as a finished product. Make sure that all raw edges are either serged or closed off (encased) from any exposure. I used a fusible tape to bind the front facings to the robe, so that the seam on the inside wouldn't shed from underneath. When my robe was complete, I took it outside and gave it a real good shake to get rid of any remaining shedding. Taking the time to perform these steps will ensure you or your customers will be happy with the finished product. Here is my finished product: