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Date: 7/27/14 12:22 PM

Help! I made a baby blanket out of cuddle fleece. The last step was placing the finished top wrong sides together with the (larger) bottom piece, then wrapping the edges over the front to make a binding. Before sewing the edges down I used strips of Sulky Sticky+ on the back to stabilize the seamlines, so I could do a double-needle stitch (kind of a blanket stitch). It came out gorgeous. I tore off all the stabilizer I could, but of course there was a row of white stuff stuck in between all the stitches. I thought, no problem, I'll just soak it. Well, I've been soaking it in my washing machine for 2 days, have spun it out and soaked again with a little detergent, etc. and this stuff is not coming off! The whole project will be ruined if I can't remove it! I thought it would dissolve like other stickons I've used in the past. Any ideas? Or am I *stuck* with a wadder?

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Date: 7/27/14 12:30 PM

I'd try contacting Sulky-

Sulky of America
980 Cobb Place Blvd., Suite 130
Kennesaw, GA 30144
Phone: 800-874-4115
Fax: 770-429-3987
info at sulky.com

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Date: 7/27/14 3:03 PM

Thank you, that's tomorrow's project! I was just hoping for some magical cure between now and then...

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Date: 7/27/14 3:17 PM

Did you press after stitching?
I notice the instructions indicate no heat annnd it should not be left on the fabric for more than an hour... An HOUR??! So annoying.
This happened to me before, almost exact same scenario (different product brand).

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Date: 7/27/14 3:35 PM

This was a machine embroidery project?

Too late for this project, but I don't think this is the right product for fleece. Tear away slipped under the bottom would have been better. Or, no stabilizer at all.

For the sewing machine, less presser foot pressure, or using a walking foot may have also worked without the aid of stabilizer.

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Date: 7/27/14 3:40 PM

Will this help? Sulky FAQs

You might check the rest of the Sulky FAQs. You can't be the only one who has had this issue.

I would try the alcohol, myself. What have you got to lose?

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Date: 7/27/14 8:02 PM

It's just tear away fiber stabilizer with glue on it, not any kind of wash a way stabilizer. So the white part of it, is never going to dissolve in water, or anything else that won't also dissolve your polyester blanket fiber. If you had peeled of the protective sheet off of some of it, and just left it out for a week or so, on some table top or something, I think it would have lost a lot of the sticky on it, just by air exposure by then maybe.

So tossing it in water and the wash, probably did not do much good. But, just because it got wet, probably did not really hurt anything that much worse either. I think the just the glue part is more air solvent though, and water would not make much difference.

Since you got probably a very wet, heavy soggy baby blanket now, I would at least stick it the clothes dryer and get it totally dry.

Then if you don't mind spending some hours to get rid of it, I think you can for sure do that. Just sort of like anyone would have to, if they had it in a hoop, with a machine embroidery design, stitched over it. but it's also not going to tear a way cleanly on a real open blanket stitch the same way it might on a non open and densely stitched area of some hoop embroidery design either.

But what you would do, is hold edge of blanket and blanket stitching of now dry blanket, in left hand, using pressure with your left thumb and thumb nail on top of the blanket stitching someplace and use your right hand or right hand with tweezers in it, to rip it off. The fact that the blanket stitching would be firmly held down and pressed down right in that one spot each time would keep the tearing of it out of fthere, right there, from pulling those stitches out of that really soft knit fabric. If little bits of it are left between all the "LLLLL" parts of the blanket stitch, (which I'm sure some will be, you are probably going to have to lift and tease them out with the tweezers and the point of a seam ripper. One by one.

But a baby blanket is not all that big. My guess is you could do it in maybe someplace between an hour or two, or three, maybe while even watching some movie video's at the same time.

If it's still too sticky to do that in places, just since that is a soft pile fabric, if you just even "sheer off" just a smigdon of the pile in a tiny place if you had to, the sticky would come off with that too.

So doable, but I don't think any instant way, to just get it all out of there. Even if you had used regular tear a way stabilizer (non water dissolving) without anything sticky on the back of it, and stitched blanket stitches on top of it on even smooth woven linen or something like that, you would have to still try to get it out, kind of the same way if you wanted it to never show on the back side later.

If you get tired of that, I think it's still workable (and not a wadder or trashed at all) if you even just decide to cut the sewn edges off of it. So what if it might be a few inches smaller in diameter? I don't think any particular size a baby blanket has to be even. Then with no edges on it, and those gone, you could always re-bind it, with anything you want, or even just sew right sides together and then turn inside out and slip stitch a small turning opening closed by hand even. so don't forget you can always make a "save" that way too. If you want.


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Date: 7/28/14 6:50 AM

I cut strips of this one: Sticky Fabri-solvy to do exactly the same project. It stabilized the stretchy edge of the minky perfectly and washed right out.

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Date: 7/28/14 1:51 PM

Thank you all for your extremely thoughtful and detailed answers. Bottom line is I made a mistake. Should have used a washaway not a tearaway. And since the stitch I used is not exactly a blanket stitch, but a zigzag+straight stitch combo, with a twin needle, there is no way on earth I can pick out every bit of paper. After giving it some thought, I've decided to just carefully cut off the edges just inside the stitching line, leaving two layers of blankie, and then just sew on a wide binding strip of the fleece, which I luckily have just enough of. Hopefully this will rescue the project, with no one being the wiser (except you all, of course!).

Moral of the story: think twice when choosing stabilizer, especially for a project where it will show on the back!

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Date: 7/29/14 6:10 PM

I watched a sewing show this AM on PBS and it said you could easily remove 'sticky' stabilizer using a solution of 1/4 cup of fabric softener and 3/4 cup of water in a spray bottle.

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