Saturday, December 7, 2013

Retro Clean and Lite Fusible Alternatives

I have just received in a new shipment of items which included some RetroClean. This product is wonderful for using with vintage fabrics such as doyleys and tables cloths to get them looking brand new again.
Just soak for 48 hours, preferably in the sunlight, and you will be surprised by how clean your fabrics become.Recommended by Cindy Needham when she taught here in Palmerston North back in May 2013. Comes in 1lb package for NZ$30 and 110gram packets for NZ$10. Why not try some?
Also in the parcel were some alternative lite fusibles since we cannot get the Steam-A-Seam Lite at this time due to production problems. Try this replacement for the 1/4" Steam-A-Seam tape - it has the same tacky quality, peel off the paper backing and fuse into place. NZ$11 for 40 yards

In the larger sized pieces we have Pellon Lite EZ Steam 11. These sheets are 12" x 9" for NZ$2.40 each. Peel one side of the paper backing off and press to your fabrics reverse side. Is tacky so will stay until you fuse. Cut out shape and peel off remaining paper backing and lay in place before ironing to fuse in place.
Pellon is a well known brand here. I have made up some samples so you can see what it does and how it feels.
Also available is some Soft Fuse Premium. Available in 8" x 9" sheets NZ$2.20 each
Come in and see the samples and check out what you might like to stitch with.

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