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%.
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.
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.
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.
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
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