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If removed, can glue be washed out/removed from fabric?
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Date: 2/19/08 3:36 PM

Long story short, my fabric was fraying badly after extensive fiddling on my project. I used fusible interfacing to stablize the seams, which worked.

However, I used too large a piece of interfacing, which made the fabric go stiff beyond the seam. The interfacing pulled off easily from that area, but the glue is still adhered to the fabric. It's a 55% linen/45% cotton blend.

Is there a way to wash the glue out? I was going to try handing washing the spots, but thought I'd check here first.

Any tips or advice are great appreciated!

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Date: 2/19/08 3:41 PM

I took the interfacing off of 100 percent cotton and you can still see the glue after numerous washings.

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Date: 2/19/08 3:55 PM

LOL - Darn - That's not very optimistic!

Cidell, thanks so much for your quick reply.

Maybe sandblasting is in order!

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Date: 2/19/08 6:07 PM

I don't think water and soap is going to do it. You need something more on the level of a solvent. You might want to create a scrap of fabric with the interfacing removed to try this out.

You can start with something like rubbing alcohol. Acetone (nail polish remover) would probably work but would probably also remove color.

I get fusible off my iron by ironing a dryer sheet on medium heat with some paper towels under the dryer sheet. I wonder if you can iron the area first with a dryer sheet between the fabric and the iron, then iron again with some throw-away cotton to see if the glue will transfer to the cotton. This one's a complete guess!

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Date: 2/19/08 7:30 PM

Sorry, I should have smiled encouragingly :D

I like the previous idea. Another idea is maybe Goo b Gone or something like that? Maybe I should try it first before foisting my ideas on you

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Date: 2/19/08 8:42 PM

LOL Cidel!

The good news is that it's on the inside of the garment, so its not staining/discoloring. It's just making it a tad bit more stiff in that spot that I want.

Maybe a wash will soften it up, even if it doesn't come off.

I'll also try a test scrap w/ various solvent type things and see if that will work. I'll post the results! Thanks!

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Date: 2/20/08 9:53 AM

Kellie, thanks for asking the question! I'm looking for the answer too. I use Brillo pads on my iron, but would prefer a different method for garments.

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Date: 2/20/08 2:53 PM

Tip on removing fusible interfacing

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Date: 2/20/08 5:30 PM

Thanks for the tip Debbie!

OK, I did a little test on scrap fabric, fusing the same stuff on.

Nail polish remover did not stain, fade or damage the fabric or color. It also did not remove the glue!

On my garment, I hand washed the area. I knew this wouldn't remove the glue, but I hoped it would make it less stiff. This did work, so I'm hoping that with each wash, it becomes softer. The dress hangs perfectly now (instead of sticking out a bit).

I think I mentioned that the glue is on the wrong side of my fabric and it does not show through, so for me the removal was to restore the drape/hand of the fabric opposed to stain removal.

Thanks ladies - I hope this helps!

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Date: 2/21/08 9:40 AM

The only other thing I can add to this is try Simple Green. Run a warm/medium iron over the spot, to sort of melt the glue, and spray Simple Green onto another piece of cloth (maybe even a washcloth) and gently scrub. This is how I remove all fusible residues from my iron.

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