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« on: March 10, 2010 05:48:59 AM »

Hey ladies and gents Cheesy

Im a long-time lurker and procrastinator but recently Ive been getting my crap together and doing more recons and smaller pieces. Ive just gone thru my stash and found a top I was given 5 years ago that I need to sort out.

I love the style of it but the main issue is this kinda tacky print on the front. Im guessing its just an iron-on transfer but I have NO clue how to remove it!?

And if it cant be removed safely without ruining the top, what else can I do to cover it? Its a very big area to cover which worries me.

I really don't wanna screw this up so, fellow Craftsters , I NEED YOU!!




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« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2010 08:20:36 PM »

You can always just make a pattern out of the top and make a new one out of the same colored knit for about 4 bucks.
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« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2010 02:44:29 AM »

Thanks, I had thought of that but Im too much of a cheap-skate to waste it.
Think I may cut out a piece the same size as the front panel and sew it on, then I dont waste the rest.
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« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2010 07:22:02 AM »

If you're already planning to cover it... it's worth a shot to try peeling it off. I've always had designs on shirts peel off when they're stretched too much and they crack, so maybe that would work, though I haven't done it on purpose so I can't say it will for sure.
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« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2010 02:03:56 PM »

Thanks, I had that idea too. I've had a go at trying to peel but for the first time ever, the stuff just wont bloody budge!! Shocked
I don't think its ever been worn or washed before (suprisingly!!  Roll Eyes ) so it doesn't wanna move.
I've thought about chucking it in the dryer for a while and see of that will help soften the glue from behind it, so it can be lifted!?

Anyone got any idea if this will work or am I just gonna turn it into a top small enough to fit my daughter?
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« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2010 03:05:06 PM »

Maybe if you throw it in the wash and the dryer then try to peel. I'd try to get it to crack too... stretch the design in different directions. If it shrinks, just wet it again and hang dry, it should stretch out a bit again.
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« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2010 08:09:21 PM »

I'd honestly be afraid of distorting the fabric if you tried to manipulate it that much all at once.  What I personally would do is to remove that whole panel, and replace it, either with a matching knit, or else a patchwork piece, incorporating some scraps from the piece you remove, so it's not all wasted.  That's my style, though.  The only thing I'd try to preserve would be that neck seam, unless you have a serger.
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« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2010 05:45:04 AM »

Might isopropanol lift it off?  Helps get sticky stuff off of floors..
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« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2010 06:16:13 AM »

Steam from the iron might help.

Hold the iron an inch or 2 above the shirt and use the steam function.  This might lift the image if it is an iron on.  If it is a screen you will need to cover it.
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