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Date: 12/17/13 11:44 PM

I am making Christmas stockings for my family. I made up my own things from fabric I already have to place on the stockings. This time around I used stitch witchery and then a decorative stitch for some of them. I was adhering to denim. This worked fine but I am wondering if there is another product or a different way to do this.

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Date: 12/18/13 0:11 AM

There is also a product called Steam-A-Seam. It comes in sheets that you can cut in any shape. You would need to purchase the type that is sticky on both sides, as there are different types of this product. What's good about it is that it will hold your fabric appliques or decorations, and you can move them about the stockings until you are happy with the placement. Once decided, press with a steam iron and it's a permanent bond. I found out about Steam-A-Seam a few months ago from PR members, and I have found many uses for it already!

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Date: 12/18/13 1:11 AM

Depending on what you're fusing, Heat'n'bond is an option. I think its better for craft type projects and it has a strong hold (in my experience).

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Date: 12/18/13 8:00 AM

Since it's fabric, can you not top-stitch them to the front side of the stockings? You just have to wait to sew the stocking sides together until the front is decorated.

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Date: 12/18/13 8:10 AM

Heat-n-Bond or temporary fabric adhesive spray.

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Date: 12/18/13 9:55 AM

There is also a good variety of fabric glues that work well for this. I know Alene's makes one or two, but don't recall the names. They should be easy to get at a craft or fabric store.

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Date: 12/18/13 11:59 AM

Like everything else, I don't think there's a single Best Way; what's "best" depends on a lot of different factors, and might take some experimentation.

I'm a big, big Steam-a-Seam fan, and used it well before I ever started to sew, on everything from pant hems to craft projects to window treatments. Now I use it for things like this thread--sticking tricky bits together so they're easier to sew together. Sometimes pins aren't the best option. :)

...But I've also used StitchWitchery. I think they function pretty much identically, but for whatever reason, I found Stitch Witchery to work a little better when I was applying some genuine suede trim to a project (before sewing it). It seemed like that wanted a bit of a lighter touch than I feel I get from Steam-a-Seam, although that is PURELY subjective and I can't quantify it at all!

...And there are the cases where I've used glue. I've just started experimenting with basting spray, and it's fabulous for taming knits. I've also pulled out a regular ol' craft glue stick once or twice, in a pinch.

If you gradually gather in a variety of supplies, you'll get a chance to experiment and figure out what works "best" for you!

Have fun--your stockings sound darling. :)
-- Edited on 12/18/13 12:02 PM --

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Date: 12/18/13 12:50 PM

Thanks everyone. I don't know how to post pictures on here anymore or I would post some.

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Date: 12/18/13 4:06 PM

There are 2 different Steam a Seams. There is a lighter version called Steam a Seam II.

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Date: 12/18/13 5:11 PM

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There are 2 different Steam a Seams. There is a lighter version called Steam a Seam II.

Ok, and this is where I get confused. There's "Steam-a-Seam," there's "Steam-a-Seam 2," *and* there's "Steam-a-Seam 2 Lite." I have rolls of Steam-a-Seam 2, and SaS2 Lite in my stash, and from what I can tell, the "2" means that it's double-sided. I have never personally seen plain ol' Steam-a-Seam (one-sided?) but I can only assume that it actually existed at one time!

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