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« on: September 21, 2009 10:15:28 PM »

Some of the sticker residue from some fat quarters I unfolded tonight is not coming off the fabric. Any suggestions on how to get the sticky off?

I don't pre-wash my quilting fabrics, but maybe that's all I need to do. I dunno, though - never had this problem before tonight. They were 0.99 fat quarters on sale at Joann. The fabric isn't the best quality to begin with and picking at the sticky stuff is kind of making the threads pucker so I probably shouldn't even use them at all, but I really like them so I'd like to get them fixed up.

Thanks!
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MaMabel
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2009 12:16:01 AM »

I've had the same problem with the labels on those 99-cent fat quarters from Joann. FWIW, I usually dampen the sticky area and gently pick at the adhesive (which is probably what you're doing anyway;) ).  I've tried steaming the area too which seems to make it a little easier to remove. I don't know if steaming helps much, but at the least it doesn't seem to hurt.
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anaximander
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2009 09:13:01 AM »

I have heard that something called un-du will help with that and won't leave the grease stains that goo gone does. Apparently it's for sale at Jo-anns, but I'd definitely test on scraps first.
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vwbuggirlie
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2009 09:21:42 AM »

I love un-do but I haven't used it on fabric. I've used it for scrapbooking and to remove stickers from other things (like the front of a picture frame) and it works great for those purposes. You can use it to peel up a sticker you put in the wrong spot on your page and it keeps it sticky so you can put it down in the correct spot! I imagine it would work well on fabric but I agree with anaximander, test it first. It dries quickly so you should be able to tell within a couple minutes.
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danni42683
« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2009 01:24:58 PM »

I have never had the problem with fabric for a quilt but my husbands grandma got our daughter several shirts that had a sticker down the front of them, they were on clearance so I am going to assume they had been there for AWHILE! when it came time for me to wash the shirts I pulled the stickers off and there was a HUGE mess left behind, I didn't want to put it in the washer because I figured the lent from the fabric would collect on the glue. I grabbed a cotton ball and the rubbing alcohol and went to work. It got 100% of the sticky off and did not damage the fabric or the design!
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BLucy
« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2009 07:48:32 PM »

I'd try the rubbing alcohol.  It can work wornders on sticky residue on jars; also Sharpie from jars or white boards.  Test one the fabric, though.  I do painfully know it won't take SHarpie out of fabric.
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craft minded
« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2009 06:35:42 AM »

I tried the rubbing alcohol because I had it on hand. And I steamed it. It seemed to work okay. Thanks for all the great tips!
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