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Thread: HELP!! Goofed up! Need help!

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    Senior Member sylviak's Avatar
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    HELP!! Goofed up! Need help!

    My kids came home for a visit and brought some drapes to be shortened. I didn't have the right color thread, so I thought, "Why not Steam-a-Seam? I had several rolls. They already had pinned up the sides, so I laid it down and finished pinning, then ironed in the fold, then put the Steam-a-Seam on and ironed it down. It really looked great! THEN.....I noticed I had ironed it to the WRONG SIDE or the drape! The fabric looks the same on both sides and I should have looked at it closer. I got it apart, but I have residue on the right side of the drape that I'm having a lot of trouble getting off. Used my fingernail to get part of it, now I'm picking at it with my pointy tweezers, but I'm still not getting it all off. Has anyone else done this? How can I completely remove this stuff easily?? Thanks in advance!

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    Eekk....I don't know - perhaps a lot of steam and use one of those applique silicone sheets to pick it up from the fabric - does that make sense? I have one of those applique pressing sheets that nothing sticks to - you use it to build appliques or to iron them on and keep your iron clean. One time I got some of the goo from the iron on stuff on my fabric - I tried scratching it off - tried water - nothing was working - then I put my large applique sheet over it - put a hot steamy iron on top and it came off and stuck to the applique sheet - then I just peeled it off the sheet. Perhaps that will work.

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    Can the drapes be washed? I've never used the Steam a Seam so not sure what to tell you.
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    There is a product called Goo-Gone that I have used successfully to remove adhesive and/or the stickiness left behind on things when tape is removed, etc. You might look into that. It is available widely but I bought mine at a Container Store.

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    I'm not sure that you can get the steam-a-seam off. I have never been successful. If it doesn't, can you get a coordinating fabric and create an edge border. If you pull this fabric border around to the back, then it would encapsulate the offending spots and add a decorative edge that looks like it was meant to be there. You can even use steam-a-seam to attach it to both sides - just make sure not to repeat the booboo.
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    From the Warm Company's web site -

    "How can I remove fused Steam-A-Seam?
    Use DeSolve It, a citrus based liquid safe for fabrics. Apply & let set for 15 minutes, wash and the area is clean.
    Or use a product called Stain Devils by Carbona will weaken the Steam-A-Seam bond and is available at major fabric stores."

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    Good luck. I never got mine out!

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    I sure hope you find something taht will work. Try what dunster said, should work if it was on their site.
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    I also have taken scrap fabric, and even old terry-cloth towel and put it on top of the steam a seam I wanted gone, re-iron the area, and just keep moving the scrap fabric until it is gone...I haven't had to do it on a large area, so not sure how it will work, tho...
    Since Dunster got that from their site, that is probably the best thing.
    Good luck, and please know I for one have "goofed" plenty of times...
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    I finally got enough of it off that I could sew two lines of a decorative stitch over it. It worked out pretty well, but I will certainly be double sure of what I'm doing before I use it again! Thanks for all the suggestions. My family was leaving the next day, so there was not time to order something to remove it. Scratching and picking it off by hand was tedious, but I was able to iron some scrap fabric on the worst parts and that took a lot of it up. I sure appreciate all the suggestions. I was pretty desperate, but I knew this was the best place to go for help!

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