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Message Board > Beginner's Forum > what adhesive to use to temporarily hold mesh in place for sewing? ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

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Date: 9/18/12 3:46 PM

I got some spiderweb mesh fabric I want to used on top of an applique. Since ironing it on will probably ruin it, I was thinking of using an adhesive to hold it on long enough to sew it. I'm doing the applique with cotton, so iron on the applique, and iron the stabilizer on the back of the tshirt. I want to hold the mesh in place on top of the cotton applique long enough to satin stitch the whole thing in place. I'm putting a layer of it the same shape over the cotton, so the edges would be even. What's the best choice to hold it in place and not show afterwards? And if anyone knows a better way/idea for doing this, suggestions would be much appreciated. This is an experiment, I'm doing it on an old shirt. If it doesn't work it's not a disaster. I just think it would look neat if it does.
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Date: 9/18/12 3:56 PM

Is it mesh like the poly mesh used in trendy knit tops right now, or "mesh" as in a decorated tulle-type fabric? (Which sounds more like what you mean, maybe.)

They make sticky stabilizers you could try, or something like Steam-a-Seam 2 (sticky on both sides). You can press the Steam-a-Seam for a permanent hold or just use the adhesive for a temporary hold. You'd probably want to tug most of it out of the applique before sewing down the final bit; I don't think you'd want it visible through the mesh.

You could also try a glue stick--either a quilter's basting stick, or a regular ol' school glue stick. Both wash out.

Either way, I wouldn't try to satin stitch the whole thing in place--I'd go around the edge first with a wide, long zig-zag to hold it down, THEN do the satin stitch after it's already secure.

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Date: 9/18/12 4:23 PM

the sulky temporary spray is great... sulky kk 2000. spray on the mesh, then apply to the fabric

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Date: 9/18/12 9:20 PM

Yes, by mesh I mean decorate tulle type material, though lighter then tulle. I didn't think of just stitching it first to make sure it was stable. I will though, it makes perfect sense. Since my common sense deserts me often, it helps to have the advice here I don't think steam a seam will work, it would show badly, and the ironing would likely melts the metallic mesh. The spray adhesive sounds like the best idea, I just have to find it. Joann carries most of it only online. Have to check a local sew and vac, they carry alot of stuff. But this might just work, I certainly have to try. The help is much appreciated, there are so many products/notions I just don't know about that could make my life easier.
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Date: 9/19/12 10:53 AM

Use the Sulky temp spray for fabric. Read the label to make sure you are buying/using the formula that will dissipate and not require washing to remove it.

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Date: 9/22/12 0:59 AM

Your suggestions worked! I used the Sulky temporary spray to hold the mesh in place, zigzagged around it, then satin stitched. Worked very well. The cotton appliqued got the wonder under treatment, then a tear away stabilizer on the back. I tried it out a piece of old tshirt. The appliques will be done on tshirts. Looks really good, the metallic spider web mesh over an orange fabric. In a mouse head shape, for our Disney trip. These will be hand wash only, but that's okay for these. And I learned some new tricks, thanks to the boards.
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