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« on: September 18, 2009 05:28:25 AM »

As we say in the Detroit area...Dammmnnnn!  Angry

I thrifted/crafted myself a great new fancy party shirt using some gold metallic thread I scored on the really cheap, and the knots are unraveling and the stitches falling out after one turn in the washer, on delicate, and line dried!

Here's a WIP pic of the shirt on Labor day....



Any suggestions on keeping it from all falling out?  I thought about no-fray or thread glue, but am concerned it will bleed to the shirt front!

To add insult to injury, I wore it to work yesterday, caught my handmade Michigan stone bracelet on the threads, and severed the wiring plastic!  Spent 15 minutes on my office floor looking for all my beads!

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« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2009 08:29:09 AM »

you could try fusing (low temp) interfacing to just behind the design?  It will glue the threads in place pretty well. I'm not a full time embroiderer but i like to fuse interfacing to pretty much whatever I can.  Also a drop of fray check should do wonders on the threads, and it shouldn't discolor the fabric too badly.  Test it on the hem, on the inside of the hem apply a dot of fray check on the stitching line and let dry for 3 hours.  If it has discolored the material or thread beyond what you are comfortable with then don't use it.  I use fray check a lot though.
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« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2009 03:07:23 PM »

That's great advice, Merricat, thanks! Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2009 06:49:25 PM »

after stabilizing it maybe wash it in a lingerie bag so it doesn't get bashed around as much?
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« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2009 08:54:56 AM »

Pretty much what they said Cheesy
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