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Thread: Appliqueing squares question

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    Another question on appliqueing squares. After a 2" sq is folded under with mitered corners now a 1" sq, how are you keeping the corners together. I have been stitching each little mitered corner with a couple stitches. Only problem is I have 120 squares to do. Can't applique each one at a time. Have to wait till 11 are done to do an even row across. Is there another way to keep corners together. Is there a spray or something. Could use help before I get too far along. If tacked about 20 so far. Thank you in advance.

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    Have you turned them over and steam pressed them? They go have a fabric glue, maybe just a dot? I've never done this though. Sorry, guess I'm not much help! :?

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    Thank you. I would press them but I used the blue water soluable pen to draw the square on top so I could fold it and directions say not to press the blue lines because they may become permenent.

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    What about school glue to hold it... it washes out

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    There is a heat resistant template material. Why not make a template and press the ends of the squares around that instead of using the blue marking pen. Then use a drop of school glue at the corners and press glue dry.

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    I press and use the glue...the only way to go!

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    try using a acid free glue stick, it dries fairly quickly without needing any heat, and will fully wash out. A tiny dab goes a long way :D:D:D

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    I bought glue today and tried it. I bought Fabric-Tac it dries quick. The only problem is it leaves a hard place. Somewhat difficult to sew around. What is the name of the glue you use. Thanks

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    Plain old Elmers Glue will work but use very sparingly. Just a dot here & there.

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    For tricky bits of applique I use acid free glue stick, just a cheap one from the supermarket. It won't dry hard (use sparingly) and it washes out very easily.

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    I applique from the back, no corners to fold, and you only have to change the bobbin theard.

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    Elmers washable school glue only. It works great, but should be touched with the iron to seal it til you are through with the project and the stiching.

    Good Luck

    Suzy

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    that fabric tac is permanant, I hope you haven't done but one square with it. I've ironed the blue pen and not had trouble but you never know! I use freezer paper, cut to size and iron on top of my fabric, it's easy to turn under and sew then peels off easily when you're done. Are you by any chance doing a little quilt that looks like ceramic tiles and has some flowers appliqued on top of them? If you use glue, be sure it's washable school glue, try not to get it on the part you're stitching because it too is a little hard to stitch thru. good luck

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    That is the exact quilt I am doing. It's really pretty isn't it. Thanks for the advice that includes all the people who replied.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gramof6
    Plain old Elmers Glue will work but use very sparingly. Just a dot here & there.
    It needs to be the washable school glue. Had to laugh because hubby uses "plain old Elmer's" for his wood working and that would be a disaster in a quilt.

    I use the glue stick from Dritz or UHU makes a washable glue in stick form.

    When using a glue stick and the push pin no loner advances the glue, you can use a firm-bristle artist brush to get the rest of the glue out of the stick. Just dab it on the brush and spread it on the fabric. Wash the brush with soapy water. Worked for me like a charm.

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    Thank you for the information, very, very helpful.

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    washable school glue

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    I've resorted to using a tiny amount of fabric glue if the corners wouldn't stay perky.
    But other than that, pressing with a Wooden Iron was all it needed in most cases.

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    I had just drug out some old magazines to drool over before I went to sleep and everytime I see that one I think how cute it is, and it's the only one I've ever seen with a lot of appliqued squares, I'll be watching for pictures!

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