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« on: February 28, 2010 07:47:08 PM »

And if not, is there anything I can do to secure the work?

My godchildren, it seems, rarely wipe their mouths after a meal, and when reminded to do so will try to use sleeves instead of napkins.  I'm hoping that if I make the family a set of personalized napkins, the 'cool factor' might get them used.  

My problem?  I'm new to embroidery, and have never done anything where the back would be exposed to wear and tear.  Do the experienced among you think these will be okay?  Should I change my methods for the remaining two?  And can I modify these two in some way to increase durability?   Undecided
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« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2010 08:24:58 PM »

If your floss is a normal brand (like DMC) and your napkins cotton or a cotton/poly blend, they should stand up pretty well.

I've had embroidered flour sack towels that after years of use and washing were threadbare....except for the embroidered area!

They're lovely designs, by the way.  The only problem may be they like them too much to use them!  Cheesy

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« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2010 01:54:23 AM »

They are beautiful! I'm sure they will hold up well, if you have secured the ends well. (But I woul hate to se ketchup on the lovely work  Cheesy)

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« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2010 09:23:02 AM »

They are so nice, so nice that they may only get used for special occasions I'm afraid.

I second the suggestion (from the stash busting thread) that you back them with another fabric. I would press some fusable stabilizer onto the threads first, then add a fabric backing.

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« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2010 11:56:43 AM »

I agree-I would go with fusible stabilizer.

« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2010 07:15:35 PM »

Something else - go into the "notions" part of a craft store and get a product called "fray stop".  after you finish a project, pull all the knots really tight and then carefully douse the knots in fray stop.  it's clear, it goes on the back, so I say soak them.  Let it dry, then cover with fuse-able web or stabilizer (esp good for wearable stuff, or heavy use like towels) and wash. 

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« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2010 01:08:49 PM »

They should be fine.  I embroider just about everything, including wearables and napkins and never really had a problem with them falling apart.  if you have a particularly angry washing machine you might put them in a lingerie bag. 


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