Sunday, February 13, 2011

Review of Lapel Stick and a GIVE-AWAY!! (now closed)

 Hello quilters!
The GIVE-AWAY is now closed!  Thank you to all who entered and congratulations to the lucky winners!

I was lucky enough to be asked to do a review of a fabric glue stick called Lapel Stick.  I have mentioned this product in my Valentines Fabric Postcard blog post to lightly fuse the hearts down and I really liked using it for that purpose; but, I thought that I would try Lapel Stick in a couple of less obvious applications.


First I thought that I would really challenge test this product to see how strong it was by using it to hold my binding down when I bring it to the front to machine sew on the binding.  I was very skeptical that this glue stick would be able to hold the binding down since you really have to hold it with pins or clips.  I applied the Lapel Stick to the binding and then folded it to the front and pressed it down with my hand.


I removed my hands from the quilt and guess what??

 

The Lapel Stick fabric glue was strong enough to hold the binding to the front!!!  I couldn't believe that this glue was this strong!  I then took the quilt to the machine and used a decorative stitch to hold the binding down.  I expected the needle to become gummed up a bit like it does with other fabric glue sticks.  Well, guess what?  The needle was not gummed up at all even after all four sides were stitched down!  I was so pleasantly surprised with this.  The binding remained soft and very nice.  Since this product is water-soluble it will come out in the first washing.  I think I am in love!

I have also tried using Lapel Stick to hold down the sashing strips in my Crazy Short Cut Quilts before I machine sew them down with a decorative stitch.  It worked amazingly well and, again, it didn't gum up the needle at all!  I'll be showing this product to my students in my Crazy Short Cut quilts class for sure!!

 

I next decided to using Lapel Stick to help me miter this border print on my son's quilt top.  I will provide a bit of a mitered border tutorial for you now so keep on reading!!  I sew my borders together - here I am using two borders.  Then I pin them onto the quilt body and sew all 4 sides on stopping 1/4" before the end of the quilt body.  I don't press at this point but I do take the quilt over to my ironing board and tackle each corner one at a time.  Lay out the quilt on the ironing board with the right boarder flat and fold the top boarder up on the diagonal - it will be a 45 degree angle.  Take your time with this step - it will be worth it!


You might want to increase the size of this photo to see the pins in this step.  Since this border print has lots of lines to match up I take my time and line up each of those lines and make sure that they are intersecting properly.  The pins are standing straight up and sticking right into the ironing board.  I do the same thing with the first boarder to make sure that the corners are all lined up.  This step takes a few minutes but it is sooooo worth it to make a spectacular miter.  When the lines are all matched up it really looks like you have multiple borders and it will really enhance your quilt.  Now I know that some of you are probably saying - umm Katrina that's not how you put pins in a quilt!  Don't worry the pins are just holding the position right now and are sticking into my ironing board.





Use your iron and give the areas between the pins a quick press so that you will have a sharp crease in your top fabric.  This step will be important a bit later.

Are you seeing why using your ironing board is so important to the way I miter my boarders?


This is where the Lapel Stick comes in!  I have used other fabric glues at this point that are heat activated and I was never very pleased with how they got really hard and were difficult to sew through.  I was very excited to try the Lapel Stick here.  I use my finger to lift the top fabric up between the pins and dab a bit of the fabric glue in the areas between the pins.  The Lapel Stick really holds the fabric in place.

 


Next remove the pins and take the quilt top to your sewing machine.  There are now no pins in the quilt top at all.  Starting at your stitching line where you stopped 1/4" before the end of your quilt sew directly on the crease that you pressed in earlier.  You may need to increase the size of the photo here to be able to really see the crease.  It is very visible while you're stitching it and the fabric glue is holding the layers together without shifting at all.  Lapel Stick didn't make the fabric hard at all and it was very easy to sew through.  I was extremely pleased!


And Voila!  We have a perfect miter!  The miter is still soft and not hard at all.  This will be easy to quilt through!

You will now miter the remaining three corners one at a time.  Once all the miters are done you can press your borders.

I've been doing my mitered borders this way and have always been pleased with the result - I am even more pleased now that my corners are not hard!  Lapel Stick gets two thumbs up from me!

If you have any questions about this little tutorial feel free to post them here and I will do my best to answer them!

Now for the GIVE-AWAY!!! (now closed)

Lapel Stick gave me two tubes to give-away to readers of my blog!!  This is a great product that I really think every quilter should try.

So now how to enter to win one of these tubes - I think that having two lucky winners will be the most fun here:

For one chance to win comment on this post!  Tell us how you would like to use Lapel Stick.  Please make sure that you are not a no-reply or anonymous poster - I need to have some way to contact you!!

For a second chance to win FOLLOW my blog and add another comment.  If you're already a follower just tell me that you are in the comments and you're entered!!!

For a third chance to win blog about my give-away and come back here and leave another comment telling me where I can find your post.

We'll draw on Friday so get entering and Good Luck!!

Also, come on back tomorrow for my special Valentine's Day Accuquilt Go project post!!!  I love the little project I made for Valentine's Day!!

34 comments:

Shari said...

Katrina, thanks for the review! I would use this for all my appliqué, but I love your idea of using it for the binding!

Happy quilting,
Shari
primandnotsoproperquilter
Maven of Mud

Katrina said...

Thanks Shari! i enjoyed doing this review. But - to be entered in the draw I need a way to contact you as you are coming up as no-reply blogger. You can change that in your profile settings. Thanks!!

sewfrugal said...

Thanks for the chance to try a new product. I am a frugal quilter so I am always reluctant to try all the products out there. A free sample would let me do things the easy way for a change! lol

Connie said...

Great review, I would love to try on of these. I also miter my corners the way you do. Thanks for the tutorial and great information.

Connie said...

I am also a follower, thanks.

JayTee said...

I am a follower already

JayTee said...

I think it would be great to use when making and placing prairie points along the edge of a quilt

sewfrugal said...

I hit follow but I don't see my pic in your list of followers so I am not sure it worked!

Marguerita said...

WOW - what a great tutorial and it is SO HELPFUL knowing that you've tested this product several ways! You're the BEST!

Don't enter me in the drawing, I just wanted to say how much I appreciate both the review AND the miter tutorial - especially the great pics :)

Deanna Stevens said...

Great review! My glue sticks are usually dry by the time I get back to them. I like your miter tutorial also as I've never considered using glue to keep it in place... Dee from NE

Deanna Stevens said...

I've figured out how to be a follower! Dee in NE

Musicmaker said...

since binding the quilt is my least fav task in quilting, I think that this lapel stick might be just the thing! I'm also adding myself as a follower of your blog for 2 chances at the drawing!

Mimi said...

This looks like some amazing glue! I would use it for applique pieces. Thanks for the review and sharing information on something every quilter should have in a tool box!

Mimi said...

I am a follower - thanks for sharing information on some amazing glue!

Jolee said...

Nice review. I'd use it for both applique and binding. joleehamlin [at] comcast [dot] net

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Quilting Diva said...

Appliqué and fabric postcards are some ways I'd use the glue stick, and of course, after seeing you using it for binding, I'd use it that way too!

Judy D said...

I would use it for binding and applique. Great miter tutorial.

Judy D said...

I'm a follower too. :)

bluebonnet said...

It's always great to find a new product that really works...thanks for your great review. I'm already a follower.
Marilyn in San Antnio, TX
gstrain1@satx.rr.com

Lynn said...

I will be anxious to try this glue stick with wool applique..I make a mess of Roxanne's and don't care for the Elmers school glue.. and will try for binding too.. thanks!
Lynn R (new follower of everything)

Chris said...

Great mitering tute. I love glue sticks and would love to try Lapel stick.

Slovenka said...

What a great review.I would use the glue mainly for applique.

Cathy said...

I am a new follower & appreciate your testing this new product. I would like to try to use it on appliques instead of ironing on fusible. Perhaps also for English paper piecing. Thank you

Nancy said...

I do a lot of applique' and would like to try this glue stick. Is it water soluble?

sewmeow said...

Thanks sew much. I already follow your blog.

I would definitely use it for my binding...I love notions that make the jobs easier.

Judy

Quilting_Chris said...

I'd love to try Lapel Stick for bindings and applique. I haven't liked the product I have used and have been looking for something new. This might be it. Thanks

Jo said...

I am wondering how it will work be hemming pants...

My Sweet Prairie said...

I'm following! : )
~Monika

My Sweet Prairie said...

How would I use it?? oh let me count the ways! lol Definately with my fabric postcards. Applique too, and for my fibre art landscapes. Absolutely. I use glue a lot but haven't found the perfect one yet.

Beth said...

I love your binding idea but in addition I would like to try using it during machine applique. I just got a program for making greeting cards. Let me count the ways.

Cheryl said...

This product sounds great, I can think of many ways to use this, binding, machine applique embroidery, hemming, I use spray baste a lot and it is very messy, I can't wait to try this! Thanks for the post!

Cheryl said...

I am now a follower, great blog!

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