Saturday, February 08, 2014

Adhesive to Hold seams

I briefly described this technique on a previous blog post  but thought pictures would be better




I use Steam-A-Seam 2 for my adhesive choice.




Description from their website:

Nothing is permanent until pressed with an iron. If you change your mind about the appliqué fabric you are using, simply peel off Steam-A-Seam and stick it to new fabric. 

Steam-A-Seam 2 Double Stick has the pressure sensitive on both sides which allows for a temporary hold to both the appliqué material and the background material. You can hold your project vertically and the appliqué pieces stay in place and are still repositionable until fused with an iron. Before fusing, tack your project to a wall or try on a garment to check appliqué placement. You're able to reposition pieces while you're wearing them. Once fused the bond is the same as the original Steam-A-Seam.

Step 1 - Fold and press under seam allowance (my example is a collar band)




Step 2- tear from the roll a nice manageable length (3 to 4 " in this area) finger  press the side with no paper backing to the seam allowance


Step 3 - If you are happy with the positioning of the adhesive, then pull off paper backing.


Step 4 - Press with the iron to hold permanently in place


That is it, now just head over to your machine and edgestitch in place.

NOTE:  This is a technique I learned at a Louise Cutting seminar many years ago.  Thanks to her for helping my sewing improve greatly with many techniques.

6 comments:

  1. Thanks for posting this! I am going to pick up some steam-a-seam 2 next time I'm at the fabric store.

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  2. Great tip Lori. I have some in my kit and never used it. I will have to try it now.

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  3. Great post and you hooked me onto steam a seam and loving it since.

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  4. Great tip, I love this stuff! I only use it for hemming knits for the most part, will definitely use it for more now.

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  5. Great technique. Thanks for sharing. I'll definitely have to try this.

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  6. So many great tips! Thanks for the tutorial.

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