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Gummy needle from machine applique

by Mcoop
(Grand Rapids, Michigan)

Does Elmer's glue ever cause a gummy needle?


I've put in hundreds of hours with this technique and never had a gummy needle.

I think this is partly due to the fact that you dry the glue with your iron before you start stitching. Once it's hardened, it's hard until you wash it out with water.

Because you're stitching the applique down at a relatively slow/medium pace, the needle doesn't heat up from the friction either.

Sometimes fusible web will create that situation and then it's simply a matter of using a denatured rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball to wipe it off.

Thank you for your question.


Julie Baird

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