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Thread: School glue to repair a teddy bear??

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    Sorry if this is kinda OT. I read somewhere around here about using school glue to repair seams, and I was wondering if it might repair ripped seams on a dearly loved teddy. I searched for Elmer's glue, but couldn't find the post I was thinking of. Do you guys think that might work?? He's sort of a quilted bear (purchased at a store), and the seams are ripped. THANKS!

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    I would get some fabric glue for that, it will last longer. I get mine at Hobby Lobby, but you can get it different places!

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    I think I would also try to whip the seams back together, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    I think I would also try to whip the seams back together, too.
    I agree, however, if you are going to use glue, Ninnie's suggestion of the fabric glue (Aleene's) - - check the front of the bottle since she developed many different glues for different uses.
    Under no circumstance would I use Elmer's glue/school glue on a fabric anything, since it is washes out of fabric, hence it's known use as "school glue".

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    I think I would also try to whip the seams back together, too.
    I've whipped the seams together before, problem is they used this crappy fabric that's fraying like mad, and it's either hand stitched or machine stitched with a very wide stitch length. My mom bought it at pottery barn years ago, and it starting ripping/fraying almost right away.

    Problem is, it's got such a sweet story to it now, I simply must "operate." This teddy bear doctor is stumped though!!

    :)

    Maybe I can take a picture of the problem.

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    Could you maybe put something like bias tape OVER both edges - almost like a patch or applique - so that it might look like a design feature instead of a repair? That could catch the "good" fabric that is beyond the fray zone.

    (I know what I mean, but I think the above is about as clear as mud)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    Could you maybe put something like bias tape OVER both edges - almost like a patch or applique - so that it might look like a design feature instead of a repair? That could catch the "good" fabric that is beyond the fray zone.

    (I know what I mean, but I think the above is about as clear as mud)
    Bearisgray - thank you. I think I do understand what you mean, and that will work in some spots. Do you think I should glue the seams under the patch anyway, just so it doesn't get worse?? I'll have to raid my stash and see what i can find.

    Trying to attach pictures...

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    I would see if I could glue it first and possibly whip stitch the seams if at all possible. It would be so cute if teddy had a "bandage" in the shape of a heart or whatever.... :D

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    trying to add pictures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SAHM
    trying to add pictures.
    Awww, he's so cute!!

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