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The magic of Stitch-n-Steam

 

Yesterday I showed you to finish up the ellie mae tote bag using leftover pieces from another quilt project and HeatnBond fusible fleece as part of the lining.

 

My version of the ellie mae Pretty Pieced Purses pattern
My version of the ellie mae Pretty Pieced Purses pattern

 

Today I’ll show you another very versatile product – Stitch-n-Steam by Unique.

The package contains 1 piece of polyester fabric 18″ x 62″. Stitch-N-Steam is a steam activated product, designed to add texture to fabric. After steaming, fabrics will shrink approximately 30%.

 

Stitch-n-Steam by Unique
Stitch-n-Steam by Unique

 

Before using the Stitch-N-Steam in a project, I wanted to do some test samples just to see how this product works. I chose small pieces of a variety of fabrics – cotton, part of a pre-printed panel, a pre-printed stripe, multi-colored stripe fabric and a piece cut from a wool sweater. The squares are about 10″ but you have to remember that they will shrink about 30% and will be about 7″ when finished.

 

Fabric samples ready to stitch on Stitch-n-Steam
Fabric samples ready to stitch on Stitch-n-Steam

 

When using Stitch-N-Steam, you start by cutting a piece the same size as the fabric you want to texturize. Pin the Stitch-N-Steam to the wrong side of the fabric, then start stitching a grid. You can stitch on the Stitch-N-Steam or on the fabric you want to texturize. You can draw a grid as a guide for stitching or just use the width of your sewing foot or a design line on the fabric as a guide. You’ll get the best results by stitching lines about ½” – ¾” apart. I also tried a variety of threads – light-weight, heavy-weight and variegated. Metallic thread would also give a nice effect. You can use a straight stitch or a simple decorative stitch like a serpentine stitch.

Here are some of my stitching samples.

 

Stitching completed on fabric and Stitch-n-Steam
Stitching completed on fabric and Stitch-n-Steam

 

 

Stitching completed on Stitch-n-Steam and part of an old wool sweater
Stitching completed on Stitch-n-Steam and part of an old wool sweater

 

After the stitching is done, you apply steam from your iron to the Stitch-N-Steam and then the magic happens! Don’t let your iron touch the fabric – just hold it about 1″ above the Stitch-N-Steam and watch the texturizing appear.

 

Hold a steam iron over the Stitch-n-Steam and it shrinks to create a textured fabric.
Hold a steam iron over the Stitch-n-Steam and it shrinks to create a textured fabric.

 

Come back tomorrow and I’ll give you some ideas for using Stitch-n-Steam and texturized fabric in a project.

 

This is part 4 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 3: Finishing the ellie may tote bag

Go to part 5: Using Stitch-n-Steam texturized fabric in your projects

Jean has been designing and publishing patterns since 1997. For the past 10 years she has been designing patterns for new fabric collections by Northcott Fabrics. Her work has been published in several magazines in both Canada and the United States. Jean holds a Fiber Arts Certificate in quilting and has taught extensively throughout Canada, including six national Quilt Canada conferences. She was named "Canadian Teacher of the Year" in 2003 by the Canadian Quilters Association and has won numerous awards for her quilts.

2 Comments

  1. Gloria Sund

    I have used Stitch-n-Steam and it is amazing. I was surprised the first time I used it, how simple it was to use.

  2. Linda Cartweight

    This is an awesome product. I need to find some.

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