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Thread: Anyone ever use Steam-a-seam

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    I'm trying to use it but I think I did something wrong. I need help with it. May have to re do this with bond. Looks like everything is backwards. I think I may have left the paper pattern on too long too. Any advise can help me.

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    I bought a package of it in the light.. I think its harder to use....I got heat and bond light..a lot cheaper. It seems easier to use. These are my first experiences with fusible.

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    I thought maybe it was just me having a hard time with it. I gues not. I'm going back to heat and bond. I'm putting together Rachel's Flower Garden. I have all 12 BOM's now but all the cutting out of stems and leaves and all is very tiring.
    Hope it turns out good some day soon. This is the first BOM I'm on now so it will be a while. Thanks for your response.

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    Hi,

    Steam a seam is more expensive than other bonding stuff. I like it for applique because it is removeable. It is double sided sticky tape but it is not permanent until you iron it. I have some great patterns from a talented lady that goes under the name Zebra patterns. She uses steam a seam to create beautiful floral wallhangings.
    I have had problems with fusing because I don't always get the pattern tranfered right. It usually works out unless you are doing lettering. Those have to be going in the right direction.
    Good luck with the project.

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    I'm just making flowers with it. I made the mistake of not removing the paper soon enough after I ironed it down. Some of the sticky stuff came off the fabric easy so I still have the fabric to bond but the green stems didn't work that easy and so I'm gonna have to use a different green. I'm just cutting out the blossoms right now since I already bonded them. Too bad it doesn't work better. I ordered 2 yards of the stuff on e-bay today before I tried using what I already have. Oh well someday I might figure it out.

    Thanks,

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    Sometimes, if it's old, it can cause problems. Try giving it another touch with a hot iron, and it may work yet. I've had luck with it as long as my iron was hot enough.

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    My iron is good and hot but I left the paper patterns on over night. Now i can't get them off without tearing the fabric. I should have read the instructions better. Sometimes I screw things up because I try to hurry. I suppose that was the problem with this. I wanted to have this quilt done for a show next month. Not sure I'll make it at this rate.

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    I think mine must have been very old...I had to pin it till after it was ironed :roll: heat bond was 1.99 at joanns and then I used a coupon...bought 3 yards

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    This stuff might be a year old. They talked me into buying it when I got the 12th BOM. I don't have any idea how much I paid. I don't have enough now of the medium pink so have to find something else to use on it too. GEEZ

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    Ohh...I got some in an ebay win one time but haven't used it...Gee...I've had it for a few years now...I guess I should just throw it out?

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    Steam a Seam confuses me :? I use Wonder Under.

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    I know I'll never use it again. I don't think I've ever hear of wonder under. I'll have to look that one up.

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    It sure sounds like wonder under is some good stuff. It would probably work for this too.

    Thanks.

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    I LOVE it! Especially the 1/4 tape. It is fantastic for putting in zippers too!

    You have to remove one side of the paper then press and trace your design backwards sometimes, depending on what you are doing.

    I prefer steam a seam, it's the wonder under I have trouble with!

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    Haven't ever used this. Use wonder under. Is it the same thing?

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    I have used Steam-a-Seam and really liked it -- no problems at all. One thing I liked about it is that the appliques were softer than with Wonder Under.

    For those who are unfamiliar with it, SAS is a double-sided fusible that is re-positionable (sort of like Post-It notes). It doesn't create a permanent fuse until you iron it down.

    Regarding the problem with the applique being backwards, here is one thought I have. With a two-sided fusible like this, there are two sides to the paper. I'm wondering if you traced on one side and then fused the *other* side to the fabric. With a one-sided fusible, there is only one side you can trace on and one side you fuse to the fabric. Not sure, but that's my guess.

    I have heard that all of the fusibles can dry out over time, but it's possible to re-hydrate them. Don't know the details of how others have done this, but I would probably pile the individual sheets in a plastic bins and place a damp sponge in there, then seal with a cover and let sit for a week or so.

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    Have you tried re-ironing your pieces to see if the paper will come off easier when it's a bit warm? I've done my fusing & left the paper on for weeks before fusing onto my base & not had any problems.
    I usually peel the paper back on a corner before I draw on it, just to make sure I'm writing on the paper that has the sticky on it - voice of experience after having to redraw a bunch of times! :lol:

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    One tip I can share in removing the paper, is to use a pin in the centre and scrape it, this avoids you damaging the edge of the fabric trying to get it started :D

    I use steam a seam alot and have had the odd time the paper is bonded too well, you probably ironed it too much, you only need to bond for about 15 seconds or so :D

    If your pattern isn't symmetrical the easiest way is to flip your pattern over and use a dark felt pen to go over the pattern on the reverse, then trace from this side, you can hold up against the window to do this easily :D

    With Steam a seam, you have to check which side of the paper has the glue on and make sure you trace on the 'top' piece, I sometimes remove the lower paper and 'stick' the glue side to the pattern if it is very intricate or big as it helps you accurately trace the design, just be careful when removing from pattern that you peel off the layer of glue with the top paper :roll:

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    Before I knew any better, I would use steam a seam to help hold my binding down before sewing it for the final stitching. I don't do that anymore.
    The wonder under likes to stick to me, my iron, ironing board.. so I don't use it anymore.

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    yes I use it all the time! I like it!

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    Oh I am sorry you are having trouble with the steam a seam II. I have used it and I kind of like some things about it being that one side is sticky and it stay's put until you press. I think it depends on where you bought it whether it is "fresh" or not, and that seems to make a big difference in the performance factor of the product.

    I bought some at a quilt store (three sheet pack)and it worked great. So, when I saw some at a fabric discount warehouse, I bought it by the yard. Boy, I hate the last batch and am going to just toss the won't stick or paper won't come off stuff right out. Who needs all that extra hassle?

    I am thinking that the first set was enclosed in plastic and kept the sticky from drying out. the other being by the yard and exposed, is just ruined.

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    Hmmmm, I never use anything but steam a seam... You might try spritzing the paper backing with a little water then try to get it off... I have left the second piece of paper on mine for a looong time without problems. You don't have to leave the hot iron very long to adhere, could you have left it to long and it really setup? I'm just owndering out loud so to speak/type....

    I have to stop and think when I need to reverse a pattern so it's facing the correct way up. That sometimes is a pain.

    It will gunk up a iron fast if not careful with placing something over it. I use paper sacks if I have nothing else handy. I finally bought a pressing paper just for this.

    Sure hope you get it to work for you. I just love the stuff.

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    I already gave up on using it for now I'm just using heat and bond. My friend told me my iron must have been too hot. I suppose when I go see her this week I'll take some along and get some hands on for use the next time. I only had 5 sheets and I have 12 different projects on this BOM so I would have to buy more now that I've ruined most of it. I did order 2 yards on e-bay but sounds like it might be dried out when I get it. I don't think I'll do another project like this one. Way too much cutting out of tiny pieces. Just cutting stem and leaves right now. ekk

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    I got heat bond lite and its softer than steam a seam lite....I guess what is most important is what works the best for each of us. Thats why there are several brands :D

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    I cut the bottom out of a big paper grocery sack and slip it over my ironing board when using any fusible.

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