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« on: January 04, 2011 02:49:51 PM »

I have some fabric letters that just so happen to spell my name. I was hoping to attach them to a quilt top. Is it possible just to pin them in place and satin stitch around the edges or is it a must to use interfacing? Since the letters are already cut out how would I add interfacing at this point?

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« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2011 02:56:14 PM »

I'd use either interfacing or some kind of spray on adhesive. The fabric moves more than you think it will, especially against the *other* fabric. Failing that, I'd pin VERY tightly and not expect something perfectly flat Wink
An easy way to add interfacing at this point is to trace the reverse of the letter on the interfacing, then make a line 1/8" IN from the trace line (so the interfacing letters will be smaller), and then press it on, using a pressing cloth for extra protection.
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« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2011 04:23:45 PM »

Thanks so much! It never occured to me to cut the interfacing smaller! Undecided

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« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2011 10:10:53 PM »

I personally do not use interfacing on any of my appliques.
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2011 12:28:30 PM »

you could also just stick it in place with regular glue stick. Just apply glue stick to the back of the letters and use the iron to set the glue. The glue will wash out in the wash and the applique will not be stiff. You could also use a teflon pressing sheet to add fusible web to the letters so that you don't get the stuff on your iron.

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