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Thread: HELP! Applique

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    Super Member kiffie2413's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    If it's machine applique, the most common cause of puckering is not stabilizing the background fabric.

    Most people use some form of stabilizer underneath. I prefer to heavily starch background fabric with a 1:1 solution of Sta-Flo liquid laundry starch and water. I "paint" this onto the fabric with a large wall painting brush, toss the yardage in the dryer, then iron with steam. The fabric becomes fairly stiff and very stable. I cut out the background square larger than finished size in case there is any distortion from the applique, then trim to correct size afterwards.

    Basically what happens when the background is not stabilized is that the background fabric tends to get stretched on the bias so that, by the time you get around to where you started, there is a little more background fabric than applique. That creates a pucker.

    I should add that I do machine freezer paper applique, not fusible applique. I'm not sure if fusible will stick to starched background fabric; would have to test it first to make sure.
    Great suggestions! I am a lover of starch, and also do several different types of applique, including fusible. I have never had a problem with adhesion due to starching the fabric...
    Regards,
    Kif

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    Thank You everyone for the help. The starch worked good and lightened up tension (again). I still need more practice, but I'm closer now than I was a few hours ago! LOL. Thanks
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    I find a tear-away or washable stabilizers work good.

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    I use the starch but a friend of mine uses super hold hair spray. She puts a towel over the fabric and irons it on a warm setting. I haven't tried it yet because I hate the smell of hair spray.

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