Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Sewing in the Round - Lapel Stick

Occasionally I will review  a product that has been supplied to me by the company that makes it.  Today I am going to tell you about a nice product that is named Lapel Stick. This product has been around for a while.  I have seen other blogs mention using it. It is designed to hold firmly yet wash away completely.

You may know that I don't do well with curved seams.  But, Monday while I was reading blog posts I saw a post by my friend Marjorie at Marjorie's Quilting Bee. She was doing a blog hop for AccuQuilt and the piece had curves. She thoughtfully had a video showing how she sewed it.  OOooh - she glued it first.  I decided that would be a great challenge for the Lapel Stick.   So I grabbed my Drunkard's Path die and cut some pieces.  I have always regretted buying this die because I never seem to sew it without frustration.  But when Lapel Stick came to the rescue I did it easily.

Another idea that I had was to use Lapel Stick for reverse applique.  I wanted to use the results in the quilt I am working on, so I cut a small circle out of a  couple of the charm squares.  I cut larger circles from batiks.   (I have some pictures from the first one, but my sewing skills (or lack of skills) caused it to end up in the bin.)
Yes I should have press these before I took the photo. 
Then I flipped over the charm square and applied the Lapel Stick glue around the edges of the circle.
The glue is pretty clear so you can't see it in this photo.
Then I put the circle on so that the front was face down and finger pressed it into place.  It held wonderfully.
This is the one I ruined when I tried a fancy stitch to outline it.  
You can see that it is holding nicely.

Then you can use the stitch of your choice to sew it down.
I used an orange thread to add a small bit of color.  Obviously I need a circle sewing attachment if I do many circles.

The Lapel Stick glue held wonderfully.  It is a great tool for piecing and applique.   There are lots of other uses also.  I can see using this to hold pieces in place when I am doing "in the hoop" embroidery projects.  It is great to temporarily tack up a hem when you are in a hurry and need to wear that one garment and the hem has let go.   Lapel Stick gets my "Great Tool" for sewing recommendation. Thanks for such a good product.

Now if you are a serious fashionista you may wish to buy the "tailor in a tube" made by the same company.  It is called Style Stick.  It is packaged in a fashionable, purse friendly black tube that looks like a high end lipstick. But don't use it on your lips! And if your guy needs it, Style Stick is discreet enough to be carried in a briefcase or backpack.
Now how about a giveaway?  I have a couple of extra tubes of Lapel Stick to give away to two  lucky people.  Due to postage costs I am limiting this to continental USA only.  To enter comment with your idea for how YOU would like to use Lapel Stick.

Edited to add: End Date for this will be Monday September 1st.  I will post the winners a day or two after that.

Edited to add:  The first commenter, Sophie, mentioned a technique that is so cool.  It was the first I had heard of it, so I googled it.  Here is a link with a video showing how to do it. http://www.hgtv.com/video/easy-circle-quilt-blocks-video/index.html
She mentions "so it doesn't gum up your needle" with the glue she is using.  Ha!  With Lapel Stick it will not gum up!

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sophie said...

I would use it to hold things in place to sew inset circles using Dale Flemings 6 minute circle technique.

Barb said...

I might have to try that, I just use regular elmers glue sticks.

Quilt crazy said...

I learned a technique at Sisters a few years ago using a circle and Elmer's glue. It was quite a mess. Would love to try this product.

Rina Mason said...

I can see using it to hold applique pieces in place so I can put them on the design wall, step back and see if I like the placement.

Jeanna said...

Interesting product. Sometimes I have to "float" an extra piece of stabilizer under my hoop when I am doing machine embroidery. I usually use tape to hold it in place but quite often the tape comes loose and jams up the works. I would try this glue in place of the tape.

Do you think it would work well for that purposes, Gene?

Unknown said...

I am attempting appliqué with elephants and there trunks are up…..this might be the ticket to hold it in place thanks Beverly

Unknown said...

Haven't heard of Lapel stick until now.Would love to try it!

kathy said...

I usually use a glue stick or wonderunder tape to hold squiggly items like zippers in place. How does this differ from a glue stick?
I'd be interested in anything that does not gum up my needles.
Thanks for the giveaway.

Barbara said...

Not gumming needles sounds perfect! On that alone, I would like to try this.

Beth said...

Thanks for the great review of this product. I signed up for a class earlier this summer and ended up not making it to class. The class...that exact block you showed!!! I have the templates and I am going to find that glue.

SewCalGal said...

Great tip. I'm thinking it definitely could help with precision piecing, but would also be useful for machine applique' and machine applique embroidery.


kathyinozarks said...

thanks for this tutorial-and I would love to win one to try-I would use it for my wool applique pieces I want to sew down

IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

What a great combination...Lapel Stick and curved piecing/ Alex Anderson and Gene Black....love all of them!

I have several tubes so please don't add me to the giveaway.


Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

This is one thing I have been meaning to try. I would like it for the embroidery machine, for holding applique pieces in place.

Phyllis in Iowa said...

I'd use the Lapel stick to secure difficult seams before sewing.