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Date: 10/22/13 5:32 PM

Can rhinestone iron on transfers be used on dressy fabrics? (such as chiffon, organza, and satin)
As far as the dress I am planning to make soon, I picture how it looks and it is "missing" something or "lacking" something.
(modified bodice from Simplicity 1606, with organza or chiffon overlay creating straight neckline with satin sweetheart) circle skirt (maybe pockets) and a sash. the skirt would also have chiffon or organza, the sash would be satin. I am undecided on color but an thinking some shade of blue, navy of black.

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Date: 10/22/13 6:15 PM

Well, I have used it on poly satin, on poly and nylon Lycra dance/gymnastics leos and on poly/Lycra velour, so I would say go for it! Test one on a scrap first to figure out what iron setting to use. Good luck!

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Date: 10/23/13 9:13 AM

Be sure to use a pressing cloth, too, if the mylar backing (to which the crystals are stuck prior to fusing) is small. The heat of the iron could cause the fabric to shrink, so having the press cloth gives it protection. I used my silk organza press cloth to protect my fabric .

If you can, purchase a small design that you can use to practice on a scrap piece of fabric. Or buy a larger one and cut it up into several test transfers. Each iron has a slightly different temp for the appropriate setting (like ovens and baking). Doing a test will help you determine the right iron setting and press cloth, timing, etc.
-- Edited on 10/23/13 9:14 AM --

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Date: 10/23/13 9:35 AM

It all depends on how much heat is required for the transfer and how much heat your fabric can withstand.

I would personally never use an iron-on transfer on a nylon-spandex blend or on any other spandex blend fabric. Definitely test on a scrap of fabric first to see how much heat your fabric can withstand.

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Date: 10/23/13 10:31 AM

To elaborate and say that it can certainly be done... I have used iron on rhinestones for years on poly/spandex and nylon/spandex with great success. I was really hesitant at first but just keep an eye on it and use the correct settings and it works wonderfully. I do normally use a pressing cloth for the more delicate fabrics. I also used lots of the iron on stones on a recent formal dress I made on of my daughters for a dance. Very inexpensive fabric and it did just fine.... Just use common sense and don't set the iron on "linen", lol!
My daughters have leos with rhinestones that have gone through some hard use and still have all the stones attached, no melted fabric or anything. The only places the rhinestones have tended to come off easier in the years I have done this is on stretch mesh, and when you think about it I can totally understand that. Otherwise they stay on well even on poly/spandex stretch velour (I use that a lot for leos).
I use mainly freehand single iron on stones (I place them individually, then iron on once the design suits me) but I also have the Mylar sheets for larger or more complicated designs. Either way works well, but testing is sure easier with the single stones. :)

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