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DEBORAHW-5 posted on Fri, Jan 4 2013 1:31 AM

I used a fusible web recently for a baby quilt I am making, and it is so stiff that I cannot hand or machine stitch through or on it.  Does anyone know any way to save this quilt?  I fused the entire pattern on the quilt before trying to stitch it.  Some places are 3 layers thick!

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Answered (Verified) Thea replied on Fri, Jan 4 2013 6:06 AM
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Deborah - the fusible is only glue - it will come out with soap and water - Since you haven't been able to stitch through the areas to secure them I would say if you have a hand cycle on your washing machine to put it in and let it do its job.  Oh my - 3 layers thick - I can't believe you can't sew through it - are you trying to hand sew it?  A machine should be strong enough to do it.  If you don't have a hand cycle on your washing machine then I would have to wash it by hand in the sink or tub - and leet it soak in the soapy water for a little while...

 

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You can also use heavy steam and remove the pieces while hot and damp. 

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Answered (Verified) Thea replied on Fri, Jan 4 2013 6:06 AM
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Deborah - the fusible is only glue - it will come out with soap and water - Since you haven't been able to stitch through the areas to secure them I would say if you have a hand cycle on your washing machine to put it in and let it do its job.  Oh my - 3 layers thick - I can't believe you can't sew through it - are you trying to hand sew it?  A machine should be strong enough to do it.  If you don't have a hand cycle on your washing machine then I would have to wash it by hand in the sink or tub - and leet it soak in the soapy water for a little while...

 

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Marie replied on Fri, Jan 4 2013 2:35 PM

In the future, Deborah, when you use fusible web, cut away all but about 1/2" on the inside of your image.  Example..........If you have a circle to fuse, cut away all but 1/2 of the fusible away from the inside of the circle.  Hope this is clear, if not one of the girls will jump in here and explain.

 

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You can also use heavy steam and remove the pieces while hot and damp. 

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Thanks for your help.  I used really heavy fusible webbing, and the sewing machine needle wouldn't even keep going, it would do a few stitches then stick.  I have learned a lot more since this first boo-boo, but no one ever told me it would just wash out!!  I can't wait to finally finish this little quilt now!

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Thanks, I do understand.  Unfortunately, I learned this trick long after starting this quilt. 

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Thanks for your answer also.  As glad as I am to learn that washing the quilt is a possible answer,  I would really rather try this one first, I hate to wash the quilt at this point as I have many very small pieces that I am a little afraid of fraying completely away! 

 

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I'm happy the ladies got your delima all figured out for you. I wanted to say Hi and it is nice to meet you...

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Thanks and the same to you.  I am new to this site, and was surprised to get my answers so quickly and hopefully with such a simple solution.  I appreciate each of you who took their time to help out someone who made such a dumb mistake!

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Your most welcome Deborah, we have all been there at one time or another.

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