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Placemats - 12/2/2017 10:28:22 AM   
Bea

 

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I usually put Thermolam inside my placemats and I am careful to not use a really hot iron on them. I am making some as a gift and I don't know how they will be laundered & ironed so I am wondering if there is something I could use that won't shrink too much when laundered or shrink when they use too hot of iron on them.
What do you guys use?
I would appreciate any help.....
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RE: Placemats - 12/2/2017 10:37:37 AM   
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I have used just a piece of cotton flannel...pre-shrunk, of course.

Or, sometimes, I use "Warm & White" thin batting.

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RE: Placemats - 12/2/2017 1:02:35 PM   
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I don't know anyone who irons quite frankly just my 2 sisters and my son....... but I use warm & white or warm & natural


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RE: Placemats - 12/2/2017 3:37:00 PM   
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Since I use a lot of poly thread I am cautious about using too hot of an iron in them. However, one of my iron's hottest temperature doesn't melt anything. One of my irons gets a lot hotter, so I don't use it with ME. A lot of people don't evern own an iron as I've sadly found out. I think you should use cotton bat...preshrink it... and just don't worry about it.

A lot of clothing has poly in it and it never seems to have a problem with hot irons.

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RE: Placemats - 12/3/2017 11:21:22 AM   
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Thanks everyone......lots of good suggestions........I am doing a set that my daughter wants to give as a gift and she wants a really stitch intensive design from Emb. Lib. on them so I don't want to put all of that time in them if someone could possibly ruin them the first time they are laundered.
I do have another question.......how do I pre-shrink warm & natural?
Thanks again.....I knew you guys would have the answer.
Bea

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RE: Placemats - 12/3/2017 1:44:17 PM   
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The last pack of Warm and White I bought said on the package that it doesn't need to be preshrunk but I would test a piece to make sure. I usually soak it in the washer for a bit, spin it, and then dry it in the dryer if you decide to preshrink.

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RE: Placemats - 12/3/2017 2:14:47 PM   
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I would reduce the density of the EL designs. I think it was Shirley who first informed us about this technique. You increase the size of the design by 10% but don't adjust the density. That is such a small size increase that it really isn't noticiable and does make a big difference.

In Embird

click on Editor
Click on Edit
Click on Set Size
Click on Stitch Density
Unselect "Adjust stitchdensity when resizing" then OK
In the Set Size Window, increase the size by 10%
Click on OK

If you have different software, I'm sure you'll be able to do this too.

For some reason, this method works better for me than using the function that just reduces the density

Another thing I do when using designs with are quite dense is to add a couple of layers of vilene on top. That seems to reduce puckering for me...but then you have to wash it! Try a test stitchout and see what happens before you start on the "real" project!

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RE: Placemats - 12/4/2017 9:43:59 AM   
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Thanks Penny........I am going to try that........the design is beautiful but bullet proof.
I am going to do a small swatch of quilting using the flannel & another one using the warm & natural and see which one works the best.
Thanks for all the help.....you guys are amazing.
Bea

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RE: Placemats - 12/4/2017 7:01:41 PM   
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I read about shrinking quilt batting by putting it in the dryer with a wet towel or two. That would steam shrink it I guess. Maybe the newer steam dryers would work as well? I haven’t tried this method, but it sounded easy and no danger of ending up with damaged batting.

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RE: Placemats - 12/4/2017 9:26:34 PM   
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This isn't related to the preshrinking aspect, but I always Scotchguard my placements after I iron them. Spilled liquids just bead up on the surface and other spills/spots clean up much more easily also than they would otherwise. Furthermore, the Scotchguard just helps keep them newer looking for a longer time.

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RE: Placemats - 12/6/2017 6:39:26 PM   
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I Scotchguard my couch pillow too. Especially the really "nice" ones.

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RE: Placemats - 12/9/2017 2:44:40 PM   
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Thanks everyone for all the good advise.........I used Warm & Natural but pre-shrunk it by soaking in my washing machine and I reduced the density like Penny suggested...........Here is a picture of the first one...........I really like how they turned out and as you can tell by the picture.........they are for a man so they are very masculine...........
Thanks again everyone for all the great suggestions.





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RE: Placemats - 12/9/2017 3:34:30 PM   
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Very attractive and unique!

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RE: Placemats - 12/9/2017 5:55:48 PM   
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Beautiful job! I'm far from "masculine" but I love that one!

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RE: Placemats - 12/9/2017 6:16:33 PM   
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They turned out so nice, the fabric is perfect.

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RE: Placemats - 12/10/2017 5:18:47 PM   
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That is a beautiful placemat! I love the shading details & directional stitching on the fills. The recipient is sure to enjoy!

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RE: Placemats - 12/12/2017 12:49:53 PM   
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Wow! That's a perfect placemat and perfect for a guy. Your thread choices are perfect and made a great design. Very realistic.

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RE: Placemats - 12/13/2017 4:52:08 PM   
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That's beautiful and perfect for guy.

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