I’d like to refer everyone to two products which are temporary fusibles which I plan to try soon: Touch O’ Gold and Misty Fuse. If you need more info, let me know. A simple web search should hook you up with all the necessary info.
I'd like some information for future use.
I have almost finished sewing Loes Hinse'e shawl collar with a fabric from hell.
It was dirt cheap polyester but looked pretty and I thought I would neutralise the bright colour with some embellishments.
I used lightweight Vilene fusible interfacing; it is showing on the outside and I don't know how to remove it.
How about I let everyone know how the samples turn out. I've found the Whisper Fuse locally, but don't know yet about the Touch o' Gold. I'll be fusing underlining, not interfacing, but the application I'm sure can be used for both.
How is it showing on the outside? is it bubbling or rippling? or does it show the weave or texture of the interfacing? Cathy
It's not bubbling or rippling.
Because the fabric is sheer (see jpg on the metallic threads thread) the interfacing is showing through. I had fused 1/4" strips on bias.
How can I remove the interfacing that is showing through
Rekha, All is not lost. Carefully and gently Iron the interfaced areas, a bit at a time. This will soften the adhesive so it will release. You only want to warm the adhesive in the interfacing, not press it into the fabric anymore. Using tweezers or my favorite, dental picks, pull up the interfacing, while it is still warm. You then can trim it back to the stitching line where it will not show. Once this is done, any remaining adhesive on the fabric can be removed by gently warming the fabric and peeling off on scraps of fabric. Just don't press too hard, you do not want to set it into your good fabric. It is kinda like waxing legs. :) Cathy
You are doing a lovely job so far.
Edited 7/20/2008 4:43 pm ET by ThreadKoe
Thank you for this tip. It's probably going to take me as long as it did to patch bits of frayed fabric.
I wonder whether a damp cloth will assist or embed the interfacing further into the fabric.
I was going to suggest steam, however, I did not know the content of your fabric, and how it would react. If you steam, rather than press, it does the same thing, or rather hold the heat of the iron over the fabric to just warm the adhesive enough so it pulls back. A steam iron would work very well for this. The warm steam seems to work a little better on some iron ons, depends on wether they recommend dry or steam application. No harm in trying both to see which works better. Cathy
I have a result.
I am usually not a patient person, heating the interfacing followed by scraping was removing only some of the glue granules.
So I decided to try Labelclene (d-limonene) which I keep to take labels or such off.
I started on a scrap. It works on polyester fabric.
The other tools I used were the flat of the screwdriver and a dinner knife from the kitchen.
I hate the smell of this stuff (nauseatingly strong citrus), but the job is done.
Good for you! I cannot use solvents or strong smelling cleaners at all. Migraines. Good to know though. Will put that bit of info into my If I Ever Need To Know File in my Brain. We used to use an orange smelling one at work that wasn't too bad, but I can't for the life of me remember what it was, and it didn't hurt cottons either. Had to wash the garments afterwards though, because it was a bit oily, but came out easily. Now I wonder if Goo Be Gone would work......... Cathy
Is Goo Begone actually a product or just humour?
It is actually a product, with a stupid name, in a line of products like Shoe Goo. Wonderful stuff. Sticky glue to fix kids runners with when they start to come apart, or to put cheap shoes together when they come apart. GooBegone is the one that removes adhesives, blackmarks and stuff like that. Every country seems to have their own name brands for removers and cleaners. Cathy
Hee hee. It probably gets noticed too because of the silly name.
At first I didn't take the stuff seriously, until a friend fixed my daughter's runner with it. Saved some serious $$$. Yes the name catches your attention. And it is Gooey too. Cathy
Thought I will scan the fabric in the problem area
The lower third of the jpg showing the shoulder area and two layers of fabric with the interfacing and the upper right
I am interested and thanks for the information
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