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    Is there anything special I need to know about sewing t-shirt material? I'll be sewing other material onto it - I guess I just have to be careful not to stretch it too much?
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  • #2
    Don't use tees with too much stretch and make sure you use a fusible web (steam a seam or similar) to position and fix your applique pieces first.

    When I was first testing my 'named' tees, I had terrible trouble getting it right. But if you have a decent quality/reasonably thick Tee (100% cotton), it should be fine.

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    • #3
      Best fusible web I've found is Heat 'n' Bond ULTRA (not lite)

      It's better than Bondaweb and can be machine washed
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      • #4
        Do you not have to sew with that one jb? I seen it before, but never tried it.
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        • #5
          No ... no sewing needed, just iron it on.

          I bought it because I couldn't get some bondaweb once so didn't really know what to expect .... it's fab!

          You can just "feel" it's going to stick when you peel the backing paper off.

          Also, the backing paper itself is stronger so it's much easier to draw on.

          It's great for felt, you can actually see the edges of the felt have "melted" onto the fabric.

          I'm never buying bondaweb again. Plus it's only 25p a metre more than I was paying for bondaweb.
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          • #6
            Thanks guys!!
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            • #7
              Pre-Washing......

              ....you might want to pre-wash any stretch cotton fabrics like, cotton jersey etc, before appliquéing. Anything 100% cotton will have a 4 - 6% shrinkage, which could make the fabric shrink around your appliqué and crinkle up. Woven cotton and knitted cotton will shrink in different directions from each other too.

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              • #8
                V. good advice Jules ... sounds like spoken from experience to me!
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                • #9
                  If you are sewing, I`d use a stretch or ball point machine needle.

                  Pre-wash is a good idea too!

                  Good Luck.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by creativeclare View Post
                    If you are sewing, I`d use a stretch or ball point machine needle.

                    Pre-wash is a good idea too!

                    Good Luck.
                    What's one of those? I'll be machine sewing it if that helps! If it means a trip to the fabric shop then I definitely need one
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                    • #11
                      Ohhhh yes, it requires a trip to the fabric shop.

                      I can`t remember the exact technology but the stretch needle is a slightly different shape. This is something to do with preventing skipped stitches.

                      The ball point needles have a slightly rounded point which rather than piercing the fabric (and sometimes breaking the little loops in the weave), pushes the fibres apart so you don`t get ladders or runs in your T-shirt material.

                      Schmetz make fab needles and they have a questionaire thing on their website so you can find out what sort of needle to use for your project.

                      If you are constructing something out of T-shirt type fabric a slight zig zag stitch is a good idea rather than a straight stitch.

                      Hope it goes well and you enjoy your trip to the fabric shop!

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                      • #12
                        Fabulous thank you!! I need to get cracking with it as it's a present for a little girls birthday in early Feb and we go away at the end of Jan. Better pull my finger out!
                        P.S - does anyone know where I can but plain short sleeve t-shirts at this time of year? For children - all I can find are the long sleeved ones!
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                        • #13
                          Supermarkets....

                          Originally posted by swirlyarts View Post
                          Fabulous thank you!! I need to get cracking with it as it's a present for a little girls birthday in early Feb and we go away at the end of Jan. Better pull my finger out!
                          P.S - does anyone know where I can but plain short sleeve t-shirts at this time of year? For children - all I can find are the long sleeved ones!

                          I'm not certain, but how about Tesco or Asda kidswear sections? They usually carry basic items like t's.

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                          • #14
                            Abakhan sell friuts of the loom T's very cheaply but I'm not sure if they do kids sizes. You'd have to check out their website.
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