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Lace medallion on knit shirt

gmcsewer | Posted in Fitting on

I have a lace applique which I removed from a knit shirt and now want to apply it to a new white knit shirt. The applique seemed to be glued lightly to the old shirt and then zigzag around the edge with transparent thread. Do any of you have any experience with spray on adhesives or perhaps a glue stick ( which I used when making a crazy patchwork jacket from a sweatshirt).


  1. rekha | | #1

    I used Sulky sticky without hoop on sheer fabric and had no problem removing the Sulky with a combination of scalpel blade, flat of a screwdriver, and tweezers.

    I can't visualise how delicate the lace is

    1. gmcsewer | | #2

      The medallion lace is like the heavy appliques used on wedding dresses. I think I ihave heard the term "reembroidered lace. If I were adept at picture transfer, I would send a picture. Here we have an event called "affair of the heart" which is held twice a year at our exhibition grounds. There are vendors with all sorts of stuff. I got the original shirt at one of these. The shirts are casual wear. I think they are made in Mexico.

      1. rekha | | #3

        I have never really seen a wedding dress at close.

        From what you are describing you should be able to use Sulky sticky.

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        ThreadKoe | | #8

        If the lace is heavy enough, you may be able to just pin the lace in place, then zig zag around the edge with a narrow width zigzag stitch. Use a slightly shorter stitch length than usual, and regular matching thread. It will not show much on that heavy of a lace. You want to just catch the edge of the lace firmly on the fabric. If there is still some glue on the back of the lace. Pressing it may soften the glue enough to stick it to your fabric as well. Cathy

  2. starzoe | | #4

    I am not sure if this idea will help you, but more than once I have appliqued embroidery onto t-shirts. I used the little oval doilies made in China, easily available and inexpensive. Place the embroidery on the t-shirt (I usually put it across the shoulder seam, matching the neck edge) zig zag around it and then trim away the fabric underneath. This gives a nice little cap sleeve and a semi-transparent shoulder line.

    It just occurred to me that this could also be on the "embellishment" thread!

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      JunkQueen | | #5

      How cute is that idea??? I'd love to see a picture of one of your tees done that way.

      1. starzoe | | #6

        Don't have one on hand right now, the grandgirls get them all now. It is also a good way to get rid of spaghetti sauce on a t-shirt, applique lace over it and remove the backing. Looks good on a short sleeve too.
        This is one of the things I think I invented....but all the time knowing nothing is new under the sun!

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          JunkQueen | | #7

          That idea of the doily on the shoulder has really intrigued me. That sounds like a really feminine touch for a tee-shirt. I've seen them appliquéd onto the front of tees but never on the shoulder. I have this visual running around in my head, so I know I have to try it. I may do it for one of my granddaughters. Thank you so much for the idea. According to Threadkoe, this is brainstorming -- not appropriating.... ;-)

        2. Gloriasews | | #9

          This is an intriguing idea.  Do you cut out the cotton knit behind the lace, so that skin shows through?  This could make an interesting yoke on a T-shirt or knit nightie if you appliqued several around the neckline, or appliqued another colour behind the lace once you cut out the T-shirt fabric.  Now I'll have to check the dollar store for small doilies - & larger ones for a fan quilt.  Now I'm ashamed to have said to myself, as I looked at all the crocheted doilies at the fall fair, 'Who uses doilies anymore?'  I obviously spoke to myself too soon!  I now feel Christmas gift ideas popping up :)

          As another poster (or you?) stated, this is an excellent idea for the 'quick projects' thread or the 'embellishments' thread.  Hopefully, everyone here reads all or most of the threads, not just 1 or 2, eh?

          1. starzoe | | #10

            Yes, the fabric under the lace is cut away. I don't think it would work so well with fine machine-made lace, but the ones at the dollar store work very well. Wash the doilies first, they do shrink a little.

          2. gmcsewer | | #11

            Thanks for all your ideas. I like the doily idea as our granddaughter wants to wear the spaghetti straps, but the mom says no so maybe we can make them a little more demure.

          3. Gloriasews | | #12

            Yes, the dollar store doilies are a bit heavier (besides cheaper).  I'll be sure to wash them first.  Thanks for the info.


          4. sewfar | | #13

            Several...many ...years ago when lace collars were in style and easy to find, I would buy the heavier crocheted ones which were the same weight as the cheaper doilies you speak of and attach them to the top of a tee shirt and cut away the excess. I usually got them at Walmart and they did not cost much and were easy to apply.

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            ThreadKoe | | #14

            I have done this cutaway technique with finer lace appliques on t-shirting and it works fine. You can even do it around the lace motifs from an allover lace, by stitching twice around the motif, to give it a heavier edge. You can free motion sew the motif in place with a straight stitch, trim close to the stitching, then zigzag over the straight stitch. Here is a little tshirt that I did a bit of lace on the front of for DD3. Cathy

          6. starzoe | | #15

            The more I play with it, the more ideas come up. I have two medallions left from last year's t-shirts for the grandgirls and I have some heavy linen remnants from a pair of pants (originally, a tablecloth), and together they would make a very nice suntop. The girls arrive here tomorrow and we are going to sew, I'll see if they are interested in the lace/linen idea.

          7. gmcsewer | | #16

            Yes this is the type of lace I am working with. Thanks for the pix and ideas.

          8. MaryinColorado | | #17

            That looks so nice and really adds a nice feminine touch, love it!  Thanks for sharing!

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            JunkQueen | | #18

            That really looks nice, Cathy. I really need to do some of that. My granddaughter would think I'm the greatest Grammie of all time. She's such a girlie girl even while being extremely athletic at age 10.

          10. rodezzy | | #19

            That's pretty, I love lace and that's just enough.

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            ThreadKoe | | #20

            Thanks to you all for your lovely compliments. DD3 wears a lot of these cami type T's so I was playing around with some discount fabric and lace I had on hand. She had the other T with her so I couldn't post it. Will post the other when she comes home later. Cathy

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