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Thread: dryer sheets applique technique

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    I have often used dryer sheets but they have always been the already used variety and I haven't had any problems with them staining my fabric. The down side is that some people are allergic to the perfume in them and even the used ones are a problem. My LQS sells applique stabilizer by the roll and it's reasonable and lasts forever (about 12' wide by many yards long). This seems like the best option. I use this same stabilizer for all my quilt labels. Stitch a piece to the front of your label, quarter inch seam all around. Then carefully make a slash in the stabilizer, turn it encasing the seam of your label. Press. It's very lightweight and now you no longer have to try and turn in a 1/4' seam when attaching your label to your quilt. The pressed stabalized label can be stitched on by machine or hand and is easy to handle and adds practically no extra bulk.

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    According to a gal in our quilt guild who has done a lot of work with textiles, these are fantastic but not until they have been well-used and ready to throw away. I've used them and had no problems--but all that I've used were beyond being new. I just pressed them and stored them flat.

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    What a great idea! I'll try it next time I sew on a label. Thanks.

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    So run them thru the dryer more than once ?

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    thanks for all the info

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    Right on!!!!!

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    what is the name of your supplier on applique stablizer>
    I bet a lot of people would like to know.
    s.m.

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    It's a great way to "recycle". Don't use new ones......just the used ones......

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    Are you guys saying that you don't use the dryer sheets a couple of times. I just throw them back in the dryer with the next load until they are soft. I add a new sheet with the new load and wind up with a bunch of used dryer sheets.

    I press them before using for applique. Also, years ago, the dryer repair man said to wash your filter/screen because the softener builds up and can cause a fire. When you try to run water through the screen you can see where the softener is because the water will pool there. I scrub with an old brush.

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    Are you guys saying that you don't use the dryer sheets a couple of times. I just throw them back in the dryer with the next load until they are soft. I add a new sheet with the new load and wind up with a bunch of used dryer sheets.

    I press them before using for applique. Also, years ago, the dryer repair man said to wash your filter/screen because the softener builds up and can cause a fire. When you try to run water through the screen you can see where the softener is because the water will pool there. I scrub with an old brush.

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