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removing logo from t-shirt

tricone | Posted in General Discussion on

I am wondering how to remove a iron on logo from a t-shirt. It has been done professionally but i dont like it and now want to remove it.
Has anyone tried to remove a logo, its has not been sewed on anywhere. hope im asking this right???/ any advice greatly accepted.



  1. starzoe | | #1

    It is probably not removable, but it is coverable. Lots of designer tshirts have fabric appliqued motifs, you can also add beads and buttons and little dangly things, it would look as though you designed it....as you DID.

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    ThreadKoe | | #2

    It has probably been painted on with a heat set fabric paint that has been screen printed. It will not come off. Best bet is to be creative and cover it up. Sometimes they are a heat set plastic, but this leaves a nasty residue that will not come off. You can test it with a Q tip dipped in acetone or acetone based nailpolish remover, but it is not worth the effort as it makes a real mess that never comes off clean. Believe me, we tried it at work. Cathy

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    JunkQueen | | #3

    Here is one way to cover an unwanted logo. Or stain. Or tear.

    This tee was given to me as a gift, and it came from one of the better area shops. I like it and wear it a lot. As you can see, it's really just a basic type tee you could get almost anywhere and the appliqué on it is made of that cheap thin cotton made in India from which so many broomstick skirts were sewn. Then there is some light beading and embroidery. One note, on this shirt, they did not use a stabilizer under the cotton appliqué, and they should have, because the cotton is so thin it is pulling away from the satin stitching around the edges.

    1. Gloriasews | | #5

      I've had the same problem with appliques on T-shirts.  It's most annoying!  The applique either pulls away from the stitches or the T-shirt fabric then starts to run from the satin stitches (the applique usually shrinks in the first wash).  As well, the beads are so poorly sewn on (1 thin thread that isn't even knotted), that they fall off all over.  Aaargh!  Sometimes you can salvage the applique, if you really like it,  & reuse it on another item of clothing.  I had a beautiful, expensive T-shirt with embroidered roses on it, in which they are all pulling away from the cotton knit (& the shirt isn't tight, but the embroidery certainly is & it shrunk in the wash).  I tried mending it by hand, but it's no good.  I'm now trying to decide what I'll do with the roses, as they are really pretty.


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        JunkQueen | | #6

        I posted one here that I did recently. Black with a red and black shirred panel in front and three or four appliquéd roses scattered about. That appliqué fabric was rayon from an old blouse of mine, so it was well 'seasoned'. Because of the problem with the orange striped tee, however, I decided to take some precautions with that one. I sewed tulle to the RS of the print fabric, slit the tulle and turned the appliqué right side out. Then I satin stitched it on to the knit. I also, did tome top stitching on the roses to emphasize and highlight them better as well as anchor them really well. My thoughts on the tulle were that it was easier than trying to tuck a small hem under, and that stitching over the doubled fabric MIGHT help keep it from pulling away so badly. Time will tell, because I am wearing the heck out of that top. You are right about shoddy workmanship on RTW products. I'll lose those beads pretty quickly, I imagine.

        1. Gloriasews | | #7

          Your black & red top is gorgeous!  Thanks so much for the tip with the tulle - I might try that with my roses when I finally decide what I'll do with them, as you're right about the narrow hem around them - it wouldn't work well at all.  I had never thought of using the tulle, but I can see that it would provide stability, so thanks again!


  4. Teaf5 | | #4

    Sometimes, you can soften an iron-on with heat from an iron or blowdryer enough to remove it, but it's hard to get all the residue off, so I'd agree with the posters who suggest covering it with an applique.

    A sporting goods shop that sells and numbers team uniforms might also be able to help; the person who affixes different types of professional iron-ons usually knows whether or not one can be removed successfully.

    If you can't remove it, try posting a photo of the the shirt here, and someone will probably have some ideas about how to cover or embellish it.

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