Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Tipsy Tuesday --Stickin' it!

OMGosh--I think I've jinxed myself on these Tipsy Tuesday blog spots, LOL! Yesterday my mouse died. I found out it is very hard to work the computer without a mouse! it is again, Whoopsie Wednesday with our new mouse in hand and our next (hopefully) helpful tip.Today it's all about washable glue sticks. Yup. This one is for sewing--if you don't have one of these on your sewing table, you need to get on it, Honey.

This stuff has 3 things going for it:
1) it's sticky
2) it's washable--so it' s just temporary until you can get your item sewn down
3) it dries clear--if you don't want to wash it out
Most of you probably have already figured this one out--but for those who haven't, you are in for a treat! I remember when I first used this...I was prepping a little wallet for stitching on some rick rack. Those of you who work with rick rack and other bulky trims know how diffucult it is to pin it in place--it distorts the lay of the fabric and makes it very difficult to lay it straight. Anyways, I was sitting there getting frustrated trying to pin that stupid rick rack and, out of the corner of my eye, I spotted the glue stick! Well, let's just give that a shot, shall we?

Oh yeah, works like a charm! All you need is a little dab about every 5 zigs and one on each end!

It's also good for holding things that need to get pinned to the seam allowance--you know, purse handles, button loops, ribbons, etc

Just add a little dab to the seam allowance, add your whatever, and then you don't have to worry about it shifting out of place when you stitch your seam. NOTE: it will sometimes get a little gummy on your needle if you go too far and glue into the seam line, but it rubs off the needle very easily.

Once I found out how slick this works--I found myself using it all the time!

Zippers!! Oh, it's a zipper layers dream. Oh yeah, I get excited just thinking about it ;OD

Layers that need to stay in place until stitched.

Of course, laces and ribbons.

Even an unruly button or two has gotten the glue treatment.

OK--that's it for today. I hope you will add this to your table, if you don't have it already.

If you have a helpful hint or tip to share, please add them here and we will share them next Tuesday (or Wednesday! lol).

***Joey from JoeysDreamGarden shared last week that running the Freezer Paper through the printer didn't work so well, it "gunked up" her printer--so make sure you do a trial run before trying it on your printer Thanks Joey!

***Teresa from Cedar Junction
shared that she likes to iron the FP to tissue paper and run that through her printer to transfers images to tissue to use in her lovely altered art! Thanks Teresa!

***Lucy from Sweet Repeats shared that she used it as a work station protection. I actually do that too--but didn't think to add it to the tips! You are so right Lucy--it's fabulous for painting and gluing, your project doesn't stick to it, and you can then just toss it out when you are done! Thank you!!

Have a great day :o)

Smiles, Karen


Twyla and Lindsey said...

Great tip. I love Tipsy -er - Tuesdays. Or Wednesdays. They're great. Have a great day! Twyla


I still remember using a computer BEFORE we used a mouse to navigate! My mouse is wireless so every few days, its batteries go dead and I have to resusitate it. Did you put yours in a shoebox and bury it under a tree?

Sal said...

Looks like they might be similar to the Pritt sticks we have here.
Thanks for your comment on my blog ;-)

She'sSewPretty said...

I've read about using the glue stick method but haven't tried it. I'm going to put some next to my sewing machine new. I love the idea of not having to pin ribbon and trim down. Thanks Karen!

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Debbie said...

I love you tips! Sorry about your mouse. Glad you have one up and running again.

Jenn Maruska said...

I tried using a glue stick today to sew ribbon onto one of my taskets - worked like a charm! Easier than pinning, and probably less expensive than using fabric tape.

You're a marvel, Mrs. Kwitty!

Kari said...

Okay, that is such a great tip! So simple, but something I've never thought of before. I will definitely be trying this out and passing along this tip to my mom who sews. Thanks so much!

Wyldhare said...

That tip rocks! I love when a neat solution is figured out by improvising with what happens to be around! I discovered that bandage tape is really good for putting on the edges of needlework to keep them from unraveling while working. It is sticky enough to stick, but not so sticky that it leaves sticky goop when you take it off. Found it when I could find my normal masking tape and saw that sitting on the counter.

iSew said...

Oh man, I love a good glue stick! haha great stuff Misses Kwitty

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing this really great tip! I bet it will work on my dolls too!

Kathy-Catnip Studio said...

Thank you, Karen, for stopping by, and #3 is my favorite, too! (Except for those darn cookies)

I really enjoy your Tipsy (hic) Tuesdays! Kathy

Pinky said...

THIS IS GOING TO BE SOOOOOOOO HANDY!! I hadn't thought about using glue! OMG! There are so many sewing projects that this would be a great help on. YAY FOR KAREN!! Thank you!!

LazyTcrochet said...

Hey that's a great tip! Thanks

Pinky said...

Just wanted to let you know that I tried this tip this morning and it worked like a charm! Thank you SO much! I cannot believe how much simpler it made my sewing project this morning. I'll take a picture of it and link back to you. Thanks a million!!!

SympleTymes/PrimitiveRose said...

Hi Karen oh whoa the glue stick tips are wonderful!I LOVE your blog and your wonderful tips,I use FP in my printer all the just have to be sure the freezer paper and your fabric is cut perfectly with the size of your printer paper.Also take out all your printer paper and then insert you FP and fabric.just a couple little things I do.

Amanda said...

I just gave you an award for your awesome blog!

(posted this here so you didn't think i was cheating for your giveaway :P)

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