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Kathy Posted: Sat, Sep 15 2012 8:46 AM

This was the best tip I have received this year.  Use Press-N-Seal for top quilting.  Just place on design you want to use, trace with permanent marker, let dry, stick to area on quilt you want to sew and sew right through the Press-N-Seal.  I am nearing the end of a large quilt and am so happy with the results.  I wanted to free motion for the first time and this gives me a little more control.  I even have fun pulling out the pieces of Press-N-Seal from the quilt top with a seam ripper.

HINT #1:  I have learned to only use Sharpie in black.  The blue & red tend to rub off on my FM foot and sometimes leaves color on fabric.

HINT #2:  I suggest tracing pattern on copy paper and then covering with clear contact paper for a design that will be used over and over.  I used one large piece so much it became sticky so I used Goo Gone to clean, gently washed it with dish detergent to get oil off, and it was good as new.

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Nana replied on Sat, Sep 15 2012 8:54 AM

Kathy

That is a really great tip.  Thanks for sharing.    I recently saw where you can use the peel n stick saran wrap to cover the shelves in your refrigerator.  Then when they get dirty you just peel off the paper and put new on the shelves.

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Sukochi replied on Sat, Sep 15 2012 10:30 AM

Nana, that sounds like a good idea. But, as you put things in and pull them out, wouldn't plastic wrap just tear? Think I will stick with washing my shelves. Besides, Jim cleans the fridge.

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Barbara replied on Sat, Sep 15 2012 4:20 PM

Kathy thanks this is a grat tip and good to know ,I will have to try this next time I have a design I want to use. 

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MNnancy replied on Sat, Sep 15 2012 9:52 PM

Press-N-Seal!  I like this idea!


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Kris replied on Sun, Sep 16 2012 12:14 AM

Kathie,

I've used the press and seal for appliqué placement but never used it for quilting. Great tip.

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MaxNTopeka replied on Sun, Sep 16 2012 12:17 AM

Sukochi,

Put Jim on the bus to Kansas...its time for my frig to be cleaned!   I do pumpkin cookies and chocolate chip cookies...he can have his pick for payment.

Thanks!  Max

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Dray replied on Thu, Oct 25 2012 12:42 PM

I just did this on the border of a quilt I've been trying to talk myself into finishing for 4 years. LOL When I read about this on the 'net, I tried it and it worked. The Tip that i have is this:

I cut apart one of those sheet covers (the kind that you use in binders to cover your report papers...they are plastic and have the 3 holes punched in them. Leave one side with the 3 holes in tact. I'll explain why later.)That made two plastic clear sheets. I layed one of them over my stencil design and drew with a black sharpie. This gives me a permanent stencil that I can lay the press-n-seal on for copying my design.

Now just put the plastic stencil in a 3 hole binder (remember...I said leave one of the sides with the 3 holes still there?) Use the other side that you cut apart to draw for drawing other stencils. Then punch 3 holes in it and add to your binder.

This creates a binder of many stencils.

Hope this idea helps someone.

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Barbara replied on Thu, Oct 25 2012 12:47 PM

Dray thanks for the great tip . great idea . Barbara

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ls2116 replied on Thu, Oct 25 2012 9:25 PM

I'm trying to figure this one out and my brain is telling me your all talking about tupperware?  What is this press & Seal?

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Nana replied on Thu, Oct 25 2012 11:11 PM

Press n Seal is like Saran wrap only it has a sticky side that seals whatever you wrap in it tighter.

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ls2116 replied on Thu, Oct 25 2012 11:12 PM

Thanks Nana!

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Kathy replied on Fri, Oct 26 2012 8:16 AM

I'm so glad all you quilters think this is a good idea.  I love the quilt I made and it lays on my bed now.  The Press-N-Seal worked so well.

Nice to know it is working for others and you are coming up with great ideas to improve on and make it work for you.   Keep on sewing!

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Joan L. replied on Fri, Oct 26 2012 9:22 AM

Kathy, Yes, it really works. I use it sometimes to make a pattern for my longarm quilting. 

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Does it have to be Press-n-Seal? Can't you use other plastic wraps?

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