Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Wash-N-Gone Test

I was at our Walmart and they still carry things in their fabric department.
I found some Wash-N-Gone on sale, so I bought what was left.

I like to do stitcheries and wanted something that I could use on darker and thick fabrics or wools.
I decided to try my horse, something quick and easy.
I cut out pieces of the Wash-N-Gone to fit the pattern design and drew the design on, with my black artist pen.

I did not find it easy to draw with that and I found it hard to see with the shiny surface of the paper.
I pinned it on and started stitching. I found it harder to make my stitches line up and the paper moved a bit while I sewed, so it came out all cockeyed, lol. I was rushing, so I am sure that had something to do with it;)

I made up three, one on thin wool, one thick wool and one heavy weight ticking.
Here are the pieces with the paper still on.



Next I put them under water. It says any water temperature, but I found I needed warm water to melt off the paper.
The warm water melted the paper away. After that, I put them in my front loader to dry and when they came out, I saw no paper, but I noticed the stitches were stiff, like they had glue on them.



I didn't bother with the dark, heavy piece, you can hardly see the stitches. Next time I need to use more strands or thicker floss. Even with the stiff stitches, it still comes out nicely. I did not have any extra paper to pull off, it all came off in the warm water. So, if you want an inexpensive paper for stitchery, the Wash-N-Gone is a good one to try.

Next time I will try and use some spray adhesive to hold the paper closer to the piece. I also got a new book for felting and it uses this type of paper, so it will be fun to try it for that, too.

15 comments:

Staci said...

This was very interesting. I've never heard of this product before. Thanks for the review!

Linda said...

Thanks so much for the great tip. I've never used that product before. I appreciate the review and will keep that in mind if I need to use something like that in the future. Have you been using your GO! much??

kelley said...

Thanks for sharing this Debbie...I've never heard of this before either and can see endless possibilities...

Rugs and Pugs said...

Debbie ~
I've not heard of this either. Thanks for sharing.
Hugs :)
Lauren

Jacque. said...

Thanks for the trial you did...never heard of that product, though. Looks like is has good usage.

Libby said...

sounds like a great tool to have on hand

Lori said...

I have never heard of that before. Thanks for the review!!

~Madalynne~ said...

Geez, I must live in a cave . . . I've never noticed that at Walmart or a craft store. What items do they stock it near? I've used a Disappearing Ink Pen for that type of project but it tends to bleed sometimes . . . it would be nice to have something to use with a crisp line.

KimV said...

COOL! Thanks

quiltsbycheri said...

haven't heard of this product before either, interesting...i just dicovered the transfer-eze, same thing, stitch & wash off, but you can run it through your printer to put pattern on or hand draw and it sticks to the background so no crinkling....works great, but not cheap abount $1.50 a sheet....used this when i did the crosstitch quilt patterns....

~Madalynne~ said...

Thanks for the scoop Debbie. I'm going to look for it next time I'm in Joanns. Seems like it might work well with redwork designs. Thanks!

appleberrycottage said...

Our Walmart doesn't have many crafts; just some yarn, beads, kid crats, and misc supplies. When it became a Super Walmart, all fabric disappeared. I'll have to check Hobby Lobby for this product!
Laura

Ruth said...

I usually either pin the dissolvable on my fabric or take the time to baste the layers together. The basting works best but takes more time.

Kathie said...

I have used this before and what I did is use those flat flower pins and pinned the outside edge of the paper to help hold it and one pin on the inside...you judge with how many you need
I wanted as few as possible, it worked well and kept the paper in place.
Kathei

Beckyjean said...

Thanks for sharing. I didn't know this product existed. I'll be on the lookout next time I go to Walmart.

Becky