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    Fabric from Connecting Threads

    I read the posts nearly every day and notice that a lot of you mention buying fabric from Connecting Threads, so I decided I had to try it. The price was great, and the quality of the fabric seems great too, but I have had a hard time ironing some of it. I purchased some pieces from their Mirage section, and washed it because it felt stiff and starchy. When I go to iron the fabric, it seems like such a hard job because my iron does not want to smoothly glide over the fabric-just like it has some funny finish on it. Some of the colors are fine, though, so I don't know why some are that way. Has anyone else had this problem, and if so, what did you do about it?
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    I use their fabrics all the time and have never had that problem. Sorry I can't answer the problem, but just wanted you to know that I do use them often
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    Maybe your iron needs to be cleaned.. I lightly use an sos pad. Make sure you rinse well and dry well.

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    I have never ordered the mirage fabric from them but all the batiks I have gotten have worked out really great actually and the only time I have trouble with ironing is when the iron isn't very hot yet. that might be the problem. good luck.
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    I have the samplers of the Mirage line. I've never iron them except when pressing the block that I used some for block pieces. I didn't notice any bad feel to the fabric. I didn't notice any stiffness but more of a firm polish feeling like batiks.
    Got fabric?

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    Yes, I would suspect that it's your iron rather than the fabric. I also have some of that line and had no problems pressing it.

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    I've only used the batik's so far, more have been bought but still waiting on a muse to hit with an idea, never had any trouble either though. I love shopping at CT
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    I've never ordered from them. Can you call the company and explain the problem. They may be able to help you.

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    I've had problems with Connecting Threads fabric too. My iron was pushing the fabric around and making a mess. It wasn't my iron because I tried it on some other fabric and it worked fine. I just stuck the CT fabric away and thought I got a bad batch. Never thought about telling them. Maybe I should have.
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    There was a thread quite awhile ago about Connecting Threads fabric. I don't know how to explain it except to say a few of their fabrics seems to have a "painted" on finish/design--not many but a few. Some liked it, some did not (I was one that did not and haven't bought fabric from there anymore because you can't tell online whether it has it or not). This may be your problem.
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    Is your iron too hot?
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    I use the mirage collection alot in my quilts. I wash and dry and iron with absolutely no problem. It is my favorite compliment to any quilt I do. I have found their fabric to be good quality and cutting amounts. I was hesitant at first to order 'on-line', but CT has my vote for any fabric. I just ordered their Spring Batik 2012 fat quarter collection. Man.....that.....postman can't get here fast enough.
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    I also had this problem with the Mirage fabric I got from CT.
    Not sure exactly what the problem is.
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    Definitely worth contacting them. It never hurts to ask.
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    I just finished a quilt top using four Mirage fabrics from CT, and had no problems with it. I prewash and iron all my fabrics. I'm also wondering if your iron temperature might be the problem.

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    I have several in my stash. I love them in my quilts all the time. I have not had a problem. If you have I would contact them. They have the best customer service.
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    My Mirage is all from the older colors - some bought in early 2011 and some later in the year on clearance and every piece has been great to work with. Glowy colors, nice hand, washes well, presses well. Did they change the line after the clearance?

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    I quit buying their fabric....too many issues with it...and yes, the iron sticking to it was one of them. I have a Maytag cordless iron and never had that happen until I was trying to press some of the darker Mirage fabrics.....

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    I have just finished a quilt top with the Mirage fabric and had no problems
    Did you starch the fabric before pressing ?
    So many things can affect fabric and how it presses - send Connecting Threads an email or call them and ask for suggestions ?
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    Do you have the same problem if you iron the back side of the fabric?

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    Peckish I was going to ask the same question...lol If it's the front try the back. I have some yardage sitting here for the backs of a couple quilts I haven't ironed them yet though!
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    I always have a spray bottle handy w/ just water in it ... sometimes that helps, just to dampen the fabric first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
    Do you have the same problem if you iron the back side of the fabric?
    Most of the fabric that I have purchased from them was great - however I had a red with white that I had this problem with - I either used a cooler iron or ironed from the back and it was fine - you could also use a damp pressing cloth.
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    Customer Service is great at Connecting Threads. Call them and report your problem. I am sure they can help you.
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    I have several pieces of the mirage. I never had any problem with mine. Maybe wash it one more time?

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