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« on: August 20, 2011 11:55:01 AM »

I'm currently finishing up a fairly complicated image that's being sewn onto a tote bag. I am totally a novice and don't do anything special to secure my knots (I know I probably should but I just don't know what it is I should be doing.) so I'm concerned about the knots coming untied the the project falling apart. What should I do to keep the needlework safe? I was thinking a little bit of superglue on the knots and then sewing a liner, but I wanted to see what you guys thought.

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« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2011 01:28:33 PM »

Unless the tote will be used to carry sandpaper, I can't imagine that the knots will come undone.  I am sure that you could use some fusible web over the back to "seal" it if you are concerned.  A liner will definitely help.  Good luck! I look forward to seeing the finished project here!
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« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2011 08:30:22 AM »

I agree with digital misfit that it should hold up just fine.  I have stitched on clothing and towels that get washed multiple times and haven't had any problems, so I don't foresee any issues with a totebag that won't be laundered that much.  If you hand wash it you shouldn't have any problems.  A lining should be sufficient.
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« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2011 01:13:35 PM »

If I get paranoid about knots falling out I've put little dots of clear nail polish on them in the past. As long as you're careful to keep it all on the knot and off the fabric it seems to work pretty well. Hopefully I won't come back in 5 years to disintegrated knots though :/
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« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2011 06:23:41 AM »

What about a little dab of fabric glue or stiffener on the knots?
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« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2011 07:41:10 PM »

I'm really hard on my embroidered towels and pillowcases and I've never had one unravel on me that hasn't been set on fire first! Even if I wasn't, my husband the clothes destroyer, has yet to destroy any of my embroidered shirts. 
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