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liquid stitch drying time? Sewing options?

I have some 72" long red tulle fabric that had to have 1" pockets at each end of the 36" width. For the pockets, I was originally going to try just sewing them on a machine but I have to confess that I know nothing about sewing and have never done it, so I decided to try Liquid Stitch. The type I used is the "original" type that Walmart carries. No iron, just apply and let dry. I ran into some difficulties though and had to use fairly large amounts in spots to keep the fabric together. It says 24 hours before being able to be exposed to water on the Liquid Stitch tube, but it has been about 15 hours and the liquid stitched spots still stick together if I try to fold the fabric together. I guess my question is, how long will it take before the Liquid Stitch dries completely? Another question: If I had tried to sew these pockets, would I have been able to do it on one of those small, hand-held sewing machines? Walmart has those, but I don't know if they're any good. If I can't get this Liquid Stitch to dry faster, I may have to redo the fabric and sew it next time. I was thinking of placing the fabric out in the sun. It's hot here, about 85 degrees F and moderately humid.
Thanks in advance, Al
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Albert Jonson
I'm waiting on the clothes dryer and thought I'd study your question. First I wondered why you'd want a 1" pocket - decided maybe you were making a rod pocket for some sort of 'curtain'. ??? Tulle is contrary. You know that already. I looked at Liquid Stitch directions and it really does say dry 24 hours. Bummer. The hand-held sewing machine is not a good investment. If you have a friend who sews, it shouldn't take more than 5 minutes to sew the pocket. Duct tape would work but would be rather unattractive. I considered iron-on hemming tape and rejected the idea. Why don't you simply get a spool of red thread and a needle? Hemming won't take long to do by hand and when gathered up your stitches won't have to be pretty or perfect. HTH. Polly
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Polly Esther
Thanks, Polly. If it continues to be somewhat "tacky", I might end up going with the manually threaded option. Of course, it hasn't even been 24 hours yet for the Liquid Stitch seams, so that might be why the fabric still wants to stick when I bring the seams together.
I'll have to look into hemming by hand. Never done it, have a dry cleaner that does it but never for something this big. I'd have to do pockets for each 72" section, top and bottom, so 144" total. Not sure how long it would take for a beginner like me. Of course, I'll have to start over with new tulle but it's cheap enough so not a problem.
I'll give the Liquid Stitch a little more time.
Al
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Albert Jonson
Nearly impossible for me to think in lines of 'don't sew' . . . however, a cool glue gun or just plain old staples might work. I know the instructions say no iron - but - what about waving it with your hair dryer - not too hot and not too close? Polly
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Polly Esther

Sewing is not brain surgery. ;-> It would be a big help if you explained what the finished product will be used for. Will the "pockets" have any stress on them? Do they have to gather nicely (on a rod for instance)? If either of those is correct, I think you will be disappointed in the "Liquid Stitch". My Dad used it one time to hem some pants, (I have no idea why he didn't just ask me to do it!), and the result was so stiff he looked like he had "hooped pants". LOL In addition, the line of glue did not survive the first pass through a washing machine.
If the instructions say "24 hours", I think you may safely rely upon their being ready after "24 hours". The manufacturer probably did at least some research before putting the product on the retail market. It may take that long for whatever chemical reaction takes place and it "dries".
If you are just hemming this tulle (no stress or gathering involved), it (the liquid stitch) might work, and you may be able to speed drying time with a hair dryer. Place waxed paper behind the line of goo, so it doesn't run onto the working surface. We used tiny dots of glue (I don't remember the brand it was 29+ years ago) to randomly place faux pearls scattered all over my DD's bridal veil. That worked fine, they stayed put, at least through the ceremony and reception. :-)
As to the "hand held sewing machines" = RUN AWAY! At the very least look at some reviews online before investing $ .01 in any of them. You would be far better off getting a good used machine at a sewing machine shop or thrift store.
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BEI Design
Seconded: a needle is the only hand-held sewing device that actually works, and tulle is particularly easy to sew by hand -- you can see both sides at once, and since you are putting the needle through pre-existing holes, you can get along without a thimble. I'd suggest getting one of those rubber-like thimbles anyway, just to get used to the idea. Put it on whichever finger you find yourself pushing with. All you have to do is to weave the needle through the fabric, then pull it out in the direction that pulls the thread in. After a little practice, you can pleat the tulle onto the needle to work faster.
Knotted ends are no good on tulle. Begin and end by taking three or four stitches in the same place.
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Joy Beeson
I'm late to the party, I know, but for future reference I just watched a la ndscape quilt artist iron Liquid Thread dry. She did use a Teflon sheet. Be tcha don't have one, right? But I guess freezer paper or even waxed paper would work to keep your iron from getting gummed up.
Not that it matters at this point, but if I wanted to make a rod pocket in a fabric like tulle without sewing, I would sandwich the edge to be closed between ribbons of iron on hem tape.
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sheriramirez10
Seven years.
I know, but for future reference I just watched a landscape quilt artist iron Liquid Thread dry. She did use a Teflon sheet. Betcha don't have one, right? But I guess freezer paper or even waxed paper would work to keep your iron from getting gummed up.
I don't know that it would but I would question if the wax from the wax paper would leave a residue on the material. I'd opt for parchment paper.
ONLY if I didn't have a sewing machine.
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ItsJoanNotJoann
I suspect sheriramirez10 was actually looking for "alt.gluing", "alt.quick-glue-gun-projects", "alt.sewing-avoidance",
... or something. ;-O
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BEI Design

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