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« on: July 09, 2005 07:48:22 AM »

I just got the stitch-it kit and I have a few basic questions.

1) With the iron transfers, did I read correctly that they will not wash out?  What type of transfer methods will wash out?

2) The lines on the patterns seem a bit thick, to cover the line do you need to use the whole piece of floss? 

Thanks for your help guys!  I"m excited about my new kit, going to start practicing my stitches today. Smiley

« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2005 11:16:15 AM »

It's true that the Stitch-It Kit patterns don't wash out.  This is the case with every single iron-on transfer I've ever tried.  I have noticed that the designs do fade a bit with repeat washings.  If you're looking for something that isn't as permanent, I would suggest checking out the various types of dressmaker carbon papers, etc. that are available at most craft and hobby stores.  You can use these to trace the designs onto the piece you wish to embroider. 

I've embroidered many of the transfers with 2 and 3 strands of embroidery floss and they've covered the lines perfectly fine.  If you're just starting out, you may find it easier to use all 6 strands.  It just depends what kind of effect you're trying to achieve. 

Good luck and happy embroidering!  Once you start, it's hard to stop!
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2005 05:40:06 PM »

I agree with cynthasizer, use all six strands and they'll cover the lines quite well.  And especially when you're first starting to embroider, it's very satisfying to see the bold lines you'll get by using all six strands.

Another option for pattern transfering is to use a transfer pencil.  You can get them at most fabric stores for just a couple bucks (I don't know the manufacturer, but the one I use has red "lead" and a silver cap on the end where you might otherwise find an eraser.  The pencil itself says "Heat Transfer") .  I've drawn/traced a ton of designs with it (and then ironed them on to the fabric) and any of the pattern that shows outside the embroidery seriously rinses away with just water. 

Although I've found that if I press the SS designs onto the fabric for less time than advised, I end up with thinner lines and a lighter, more fade-able pattern (and transfers that can be used about a zillion times before they give up).

« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2005 02:04:38 AM »

With regard to transferring, my iron is a very hot one, and I find that even a couple of passes leaves me with a very dark impression!  I'm going to have to try to experiment to see if I can get it any lighter!

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