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Friday, January 19, 2007

How To Remove Fusible "Gunk" From Your Iron And Fashion Fabrics

Hi Sewing Friends:

Judith needed to know how to get fusible off her iron and ironing board.

Fusibles can make a big mess when we slip up with the iron. That is easy to do when we are busy working on a sewing project.

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Here are some tips to remove fusible "gunk" from your iron and fabrics.

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Try a Hot Iron Cleaner called "Iron Off" that is usually available in fabric stores to clean the bottom of your iron. It not only removes fusible webs, but any build-up of starches, etc., that you may get on your iron. A little goes a long way.

Another "old fashioned" trick that my Mom taught me many years ago is to put some table salt on a piece of wax paper and run your warm iron over that to clean your iron.

Another product you can use is called, "Goo Gone" to clean your iron.

Lighter fluid also works. Be very careful with this flammable fluid.

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To Remove Fusibles From Fabrics

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Keep a small bottle of denatured alcohol to remove fusible agents from fashion fabrics. You can get this in a pharmacy. Put it in a small spritz bottle and spray just a little on the fabric, then sponge it with a piece of white cotton cloth. Always test on a piece of scrap fabric first to make sure you aren't going to harm the fabric.

Sometimes, fusibles will come off by just pressing with another piece of scrap fabric.

You don't want that fusible on your next sewing project or garment. So, make sure all the fusible "gunk" is gone before you use your iron and ironing board again.

It just makes sense!

To Your Sewing Success,

Marian

PS: See "Sew A New Ironing Board Cover" on my Sewing Project Tips Sewing Blog.

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