Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Sewing  Vs. ?

     I don't like the way our beautiful tatting looks once it is sewn on an article of clothing.  The wonderful picots, we painstaking make to look all the same size, always seemed pinched once they are sewn on.  Last fall, many of my quilting customers had  told me about a webbing you could iron on and not destroy my tatted piece.  
     The webbing is called Steam-A-Seam.  I was extremely disappointed!!  My tatted piece came off my shirt and the webbing peeled off.  I went to their web site and watched one of their videos.  Ah, Ha....Make sure you use lots of steam...that's why it is called Steam-A-Seam.  I was using a dry iron and it didn't take.  Once, I used lots of steam, it took!!! 
     I've worn my article of clothing and it has been through the laundry cycle.  All of the tatting is fused on tightly and my beautiful picots still look beautiful.  I bought the webbing at Jo Ann's fabric store for about $4, plus I had a 50% off coupon!!!  What a deal!! 

     The package said to outline your motif with pencil.  Word of caution, make sure you cut away all of the pencil line.  At the bottom right of the dragon, there is a pencil line.  

The finished dragon is 6 mm x 7 mm and made with one strand of YLI thread.  The familiar pattern is Anne B's dragon.

Notice the pencil line, below the tail.


  1. Looks like a fabulous invention! I can't wait to try it!

  2. I've seen Steam a Seam, but I've never tried it. Thanks for the tip about cutting off all pencil marks!

  3. Thanks for the tip! I've been wanting to add tatting to clothing, especially for my granddaughter, and I hate the thought of having to sew it down. I'll definitely give this a try.

  4. Just catching up on this post! I'll definitely be looking for this product. The dragon looks perfect, and I would never have noticed the pencil mark, but thanks for the tip of cutting around it.