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« on: July 26, 2012 02:22:55 AM »

Is it just me, or is it impossible to fully iron out the creases in cross stitch fabric? Are there any tricks I don't know about?

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« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2012 06:12:51 AM »

I use a Q-snap frame and it pretty much eliminates creases. They are a bit expensive but so worth it. In the past, I have used starch while ironing to get the crease out.

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« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2012 08:17:56 PM »

Random FYI:  Michaels is starting to carry a Q-Snap like frame for fairly OK prices (get the 50% coupon and they are affordable).  I think their brand is called "Loops and Threads" or something like that.  They appear to be sold in a plastic bag with a blue header that features black text.  Wink
I have not yet tried them, nor do I own Q-Snaps, so I don't know how great their brand is. 

Are you stitching on Aida or Linen or Evenweave? 
In particular I know Linen needs a very high temperature for ironing to work well. 
I found getting the creases out works the best if you make sure to iron the fabric on top of a fluffy towel on the ironing board.  The iron also has to be on one of the hotter settings, and it works the best after spritzing the fabric with a little water.  You might need to make more than one pass, and it does help to flip the fabric over and iron both sides. 

Just make sure your fabric is a natural fiber, and nothing that will melt if you are using a higher heat setting. 

Otherwise, if it is a small piece, find a really large and heavy book.  Phone books are great, since they are free and you can find them everywhere.  Insert the fabric flat in the middle of the book- put a piece of clean white paper on either side of it to prevent ink smudges.  Then pile one or two other books on top of it and leave them alone for a few days.  Wrinkles tend to come out fairly well that way.  You can also press flowers in phone books!

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« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2012 11:15:39 AM »

I think it is important to wash your piece first (I use Orvus quilt soap, bought online from Jo-Anns). Once it has been washed thoroughly and rolled into a towel and pressed gently to get rid of the excess moisture, then you iron it face down with a piece of cheesecloth on top and that usually does the trick to get those creases out! The moisture really makes the difference!

Also, it's important to remember to wash your piece because over time the natural oils from your hands will cause the light threads and any exposed canvas to yellow much quicker than usual. It is surprising how quickly that happens too, I have been watching it on a piece I finished and framed in 2005 without washing. It was professionally framed too so it hurts cause now I can't take it out!

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