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Applique Question

dsrtrt2 | Posted in General Discussion on

Hi to all,

Does anyone know if there is like a clear coating or something that you put over fabric appliques to make them last longer once they applied to fabric?




  1. user-51823 | | #1

    can you tell why you'd need to? what are you making that will need this kind of protection? describing the project will help in finding the right approach.

    Edited 9/16/2007 5:08 pm ET by msm-s

    1. dsrtrt2 | | #3

      I'm making a keepsake quilt for my daughter's birthday.  Each square has an applique or patch for a favorite place, cartoon character, etc.  All of the appliques, patches & lettering have iron on adhesive.  They will have plenty of time to set.  I was just concerned that they might come loose with repeated washings.  Am I worrying for nothing?  My daughter doesn't live close to me so it wouldn't be easy for me to fix something & she doesn't sew.

      Someone suggested going around the edges with a thin application of fabric glue.  Would that work?

      Thanks for taking the time to answer me.


      1. user-51823 | | #4

        that would be helpful, but i would worry more about the iron-on transfer images wearing off due to laundering even if the edges are secure.keepsake quilts of this sort are best displayed more than used, and laundered gently and carefully and as rarely as possible. i would definitely not cover with clear plastic in this case, as it may tend to stick and lift off the design.

        1. dsrtrt2 | | #5

          Ok.  I will be sure to let my daughter know.

          Thanks, again,


          1. user-51823 | | #6

            you're welcome. but come back and check for more answers, as more experienced quilters and users of iron-ons may will have some good advice if they see this topic.

      2. MaryinColorado | | #9

        It depends on the fabric for the most part.  Are you stitching the edges also?  I would with a tiny zig zag stitch with possibly a 40 wt polyester or rayon embroidery thread.  You might also want to try YLI's invisible polyester thread in the needle, it comes in clear for light fabric and smoke for darks.  Just don't use too hot an iron.  I do not ever use invisible nylon thread though as it melts and stretches.  Mary

  2. fabricholic | | #2

    You have fabric Scotchguard, which would protect from strains and there are clear stabilizers. I guess you could even stitch clear vinyl over it, if you wanted.

  3. ctirish | | #7

    Are you going to do the satin stitching around all of the edges of the appliqué? If you do that and pull all of the beginning and ending threads to the back and tie them off I don't see them coming up for a long time. The other option is to tell your daughter to have it dry cleaned instead of washing it in a washing machine. The dry cleaners use big machines and there is less friction on the fabric that way. It sounds like a great project, please post a picture when it is completed. jane

    1. dsrtrt2 | | #8

      Thanks, I will.


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