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Friday, November 03, 2017

A lesson

Okay, children.....file in and take your seats.  No talking in the back!!  Today we will be having a lesson in how not to.  

Please note that today's lesson is as a result of a life lesson that needs to be learned by all who aspire to stitch....all those who believe that the use of an iron is advantageous to same.

We begin with a stitcher - holed up in her sewing room, by herself, with no one to take her by the hand and guide her in the facts of life.  Said stitcher is facing time constraints with the creation of items seemingly necessary for a 'certain' date that is just around the corner (and yes, children, sometimes Santa DOES need a helping hand).  

Said stitcher has plans.  Plans to create a number of crazy quilted postcards that require some sort of little Christmas-y picture on same.  Said stitcher decided that a much easier (and thus faster) method to print said pictures was to simply use paper.  Said stitcher, having screwed the dimmest of her light bulbs into her brain, did that very thing and then coated same with Mod Podge on front and back to (at least in her brain) render the paper tear-proof.  So far, so good. Stitcher then carefully, and lightly, glued coated pictures onto fabric.  Twelve of them.  

Now children - can you guess what happened next?  First we will have our recess, peruse some mumblings, and then I will tell you the rest of the story.



Okay boys and girls, take your seats and we will continue the story.  Did any of you guess what happened next?

Stitcher began to stitch the fabrics around the lovely Podged pictures and, as is usual with such an endeavour, needed to press the seams in place so they were nice and crisp.

What to her wondering eyes did appear but something closely akin to slime.  Why was that you ask?  Well it seems that heat from an iron applied to  Mod Podge is a recipe for disaster and the Mod Podge simply melts and adheres all over the fabric AND the iron.  

The moral in this story, children, is that a stitcher should learn never to cut corners and be smart enough to rely on the tried and true method of printing onto freezer paper'd fabric.

The end.


Today the quote is from Stephen Colbert...."Contrary to what people may say, there's no upper limit on stupidity"


  1. OK!! Chuckles galore here in Nova Scotia. In NL, we would say you were struck with the 'stun stick' GRIN! Been there, done similar things. Great links. I think I'm going to mention the table runners in my next post. Cheers!

  2. OK, that is funny! I've been sick all week and I needed this laugh!

  3. Anonymous9:03 PM

    wow good post i have used invisible thread but it was many years ago and i am pretty sure i bought it from spotlight,good luck for your search xx

  4. Live and learn, yes.
    I always make mistakes. A laugh (and some chocolate) does help
    to get over it.

  5. Oh no!! Lesson taken on board Ma'am. Oh how I love your warped sense of humour; can't help but giggle. As for the invisible thread. Are you using it on the machine? I have come to grief when stitching with invisible thread many a time; so much so that with hand on my heart I will never use it in the machine ever, ever again. I do of course use it when hand stitching but can't recall the name. I too am but a dim witted being. =)

  6. Ooooops! Bother I'd say!

  7. OMGosh, I knew where this was going when you said Modpodge and Iron. I have used Modpodge to decoupage so much, for me the name is a synonym for glue. Sorry you had a brain fart. Hope you can get that iron clean!
    xx, Carol

  8. Thanks for the warning! Sorry to hear your tale!
    Great links!
    Barbara x

  9. Lots of lessons here ..but the best one is to keep the sense of humor intact even when in truck loads of ___ ;)

    love you!!

  10. Before chucking your idea to use paper in your project—have you tried a “bone folder”? I’ve used this tool for both paper & fabric projects with good results—a nice crisp fold. Sorry to say, none of my projects have involved Modge Podge so I can’t speak to that particular issue. At this point, you have nothing to lose by giving it a try. Best wishes resuscitating your iron!

  11. Replying here to your comment lacysuzette (you must be set to 'no reply' because I wasn't able to respond through email). Anyway...thank you for the bone folder suggestion which would be perfect if I were working strictly with paper, however in this instance I was attempting to 'marry' fabric and the Mod Podged paper. I needed to press the fabric hem and that's where the gooey mess happened. Not to worry - the iron is unscathed!

  12. oh dear... good to hear the iron is unscathed in the end!

  13. Hmmmm.... I’ll have to file that story under “Iron Lessons Learned by Friends” . That is one (probably the only one) I haven’t yet managed to learn the hard way by myself. So, thank you! I used to print on fabric regularly and would be happy to help you out (with adequate Holiday notice, so probably not good this year). xo

  14. Oh Dear! We all have one of these similar stories and I am so thankful you shared yours with us. Mod Podge and a hot iron do not get along! So sorry your project got messed up. May you have a much clearer sailing on your renewed fabric project sans paper and Mod Podge. Hugs for you dear...<3

  15. oh dear.....a lesson for us all. How long did you cry for???


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