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Thread: Question - silky rayon soccer shirts

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    Super Member Juliebelle's Avatar
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    Question - silky rayon soccer shirts

    I have a bunch of my grandsons soccer shirts and want to use them in a quilt, only problem is they are silky rayon. I want I use to stabilize them, best interfacing and how difficult are they to put in a quilt. Help

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    Power Poster feline fanatic's Avatar
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    I have never used them but I know others have successfully. Hopefully someone on the board has worked with those type of shirts and can offer advice. I've only done regular T-shirts. But I did do a memory quilt once that had all manner of fabrics including bathing suit fabric and some silky stuff. I simply stabilized them with the same fusible interface I used for T-shirt quilts. Either the Pellon featherweight stuff or the JoAnn brand that only cost .99 per yard. Both of those worked fine. I always use a damp pressing cloth when doing the fusing.
    Sewing the slippery silky type fabrics was no fun and I swore off all memory quilts after that, unless they were all the same type of fiber, like all T-shirts, or all Cotton wovens. No more mixing, it was not a fun project.

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    I recently saw a technique that was used for sewing different sized blocks from a panel into a quilt top. It used a common sized block (I would use a regular quilting cotton) that was a good bit larger than the block to be featured. then the featured block was centered on the common sized block and edges were folded over and stitched all 4 sides. If you used 505 spray to center and hold the slippery blocks I think that would work. It gives a built in sashing around the featured blocks. They would be stablized from stretching by the cotton larger block. Someone on here will remember and link to that technique I am sure~

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    I've used them in several t-shirt quilts--I prefer ShapeFlex fusible, a woven lightweight fusible that I can buy at the LQS in 54" width (although you can find at JoAnn's in 20-24" widths). I did not use a ballpoint needle due to the fusible. I did slow down when quilting on the long arm out of concern of snagging those soccer shirts. But did not have problems at all. Definitely use a damp pressing cloth when fusing as there is a lot of poly in those knits. Biggest problem for me was that they were harder to cut due to slipperiness.

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    Junior Member bernamom's Avatar
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    I recently did one that was only soccer jerseys, The hardest part was the interfacing. I used pellon feather weight, I didn't want to put the heat too high, but if I didn't it wouldn't stay attached. So, my advice would be patience and a pressing cloth (I used an old tshirt scrap) After that. everything else was pretty normal. I use fleece backing, so I don't have batting. I zigzag over the ditches.

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