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Seeking best way to adhere Lycra to Lycra
Sk8nLn

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Date: 3/18/12 4:58 AM

I have been sewing my dd's skating attire for just about 4years and this past week was using up remnants. For one skirts I would like to add a small design in the corner of the skirt front to pull the colors together. What is the best way to add this? I would rather not stitch it because I do not want a top stitching look. Make any sense?

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Date: 3/18/12 10:52 AM

You can use Aleene's Patchwork and Applique glue around the edges (that's what I do for the dance, skating, gymnastics, etc. outfits I do). However, I always stitch or paint around the edges as part of the design aesthetic to ensure the appliques are stable and will not come loose at an inappropriate time. I also do a lot of reverse applique work which works quite well.

The thing to remember is that while you may see the stitching up close, when your skater is on the ice that stitching will not show at all -- you are going for the effect on the ice not the look from 3 ft away.

Hope that helps.

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Date: 3/18/12 3:58 PM

I made about 20 something unitards that needed a lightening type streak down one side. I laid the streak on newspaper right side down and sprayed with spray adhesive on the wrong side. I placed the streak where I wanted it and pressed down and smoothed with my hands. I then zig zagged the applique on and it worked great. You could use a fabric glue stick to fasten so as not to have to invest $$$ in the spray. Just let t dry and zz it on. Go for it!!

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Date: 3/18/12 4:23 PM

I used double sided fusible on my nephew's Superman costume. You have to be careful not to get the temp too high for the fabric. I made this mistake on the crest/emblem and it was very difficulty to get off.

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Date: 3/18/12 9:23 PM

SheBear0320, you are a wealth of information. Do you have a blog?

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Date: 3/18/12 9:25 PM

Thank you so much for the responses. I appreciate the reminder of a look from afar not close up

I think I will try an adhesive with a small zigzag. Online shopping I go since I do not have anything within 2 hours of my home.

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Date: 3/19/12 0:40 AM

No time to blog -- between business sewing, a business website, 6 grandkids, and a love of Scottish Country Dancing, any spare time I have is spent trying to sew for myself (don't facebook or twitter either).

I share whenever I can here at Pattern Review -- I've been fortunate over the years of developing my business to have a number of people who have been there to answer my questions or to send me in the right direction. Answering questions here is my way of "paying it forward."



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2014 Stash Busting Sew-Along:
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145.125 yards purchased (as of 12/19/14)

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Date: 3/20/12 11:28 AM

I've used the iron on paper-backed adhesive with great success.

Cut a piece of paper-backed adhesive and iron it on to a scrap of lycra bigger than your applique. Trace the applique shape MIRROR IMAGE onto the paper backing and cut out the lycra applique.

Peel off the paper, position the applique on the garment, and use a pressing cloth and steam iron to affix the applique shape.

Then stitch completely around the applique shape using a narrow zig-zag to finish. Don't skip stitching it down!

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