Thursday, December 6, 2012

Candle Wax On My Quilt Update!!!

I just wanted to say a great big thank you to everyone who wrote to me about getting that wax out of my precious quilt.  Well, it worked and it is all out.  I really can't believe it, I thought sure it was ruined.  I did what everyone said.  First I put my quilt in the freezer and scraped off as much of the wax as possible and then I ironed over the wax spot with clean paper towels until all the wax disappeared.

After the wax was all out, I had a great big oil stain.  He is my trick to get out grease.  I sprayed it with a grease relief product and then the trick is to rub it with a bar of Fels Napa.  Yes, good old Fels Napa.  I love it.  I very carefully washed the quilt and hung it on my line in the basement and all the grease is gone.  This is what I use for all my stains.  I usually spray with Shout and rub with the Fels Napa.  It pretty much works on everything! 

Yesterday I have been working on a dress for a cousin of mine.  She bought it in New York and it had an invisible zipper put in it.  The zipper was broken and needed replaced.  The dress is 100% silk.  Oh my, what a mess I had.  This dress was made never to be taken apart.  It is a Juicy couture sewn dress.  It had steps in it that I have never seen before.  The zipper is in the side seam.  I worked for hours trying to remove these little tiny stitches without tearing the thin silk.  I used a gigantic magnifying glass.  The dress has a band that runs around the waist and I was having trouble putting in the new zipper and having that band match up.  The silk was stretching.  I finally had to iron a small strip of iron on stabilizer to it.  I did get the zipper put back in and now I have to see if I can do these special techniques to put this dress back together like they had it.  It probably isn't necessary, but I am going to see if I can do it.  The zipper had matching material running down both sides of the zipper and they used a different technique to hold the bottom of the zipper down to the dress.  Pretty interesting!  I thought I was a good sewer, but they are way better than I am!  ( unless they have special machines to do these tricks) LOL!! 

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