Thursday, May 30, 2013

Help, Anyone?



Friends, I'm in trouble. I've used Heat and Bond Lite for years without any difficulties. But the last two times I've tried to use it, I've run into terrible problems

The first time I had applied the film to the back of the fabric, cut out the design, and when I tried to peel the film off, it wouldn't come off. It ruined the piece of fabric. Thinking that perhaps there was sizing on the fabric that was interfering with the process, I washed everything. I haven't tried again but I really want to. Soon.

Today I tried to bond a design using some actual genuine Liberty of London scraps. And the same blasted thing happened! The paper will not peel off and leave the stickum on the design. The stickum peels right off with the paper! Obviously I don't want to proceed any further with this without some help -- that Liberty is too precious.

Any ideas on what the problem might be? Anyone else ever have this happen? What did you do to remedy it? I JUST bought it a couple of weeks ago at the grand opening of the new Joann's near us. I wonder if they moved old stale stuff to the new store?


Here's a picture of a quilt I made eight years ago using blocks from a swap. We used only blue, gray and purple Civil War fabrics. I thought it turned out nicely and really appreciated the variety of baskets that the swappers produced.

I gave it to someone who likes to make actual baskets.


11 comments:

Bobbi said...

Your stuff is stale. Try some new stuff. I have some; I can drop off a piece Friday. Test it on some junk (ok, just not Liberty) fabric.

Carol said...

I've had that same problem when my paper is old-meaning its been in my drawer at least a year. A fresh supply solves the problem. Hope you get it resolved.

shannon said...

i agree, your stuff is old and has lost it's stick-um power :)

Susan Heydt said...

Bobbi, Carol and Shannon all confirmed my past experience with H A B as well. Toss it.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Yep, it's old stock. You need some fresh product; throw away what's left. I have had this situation happen before and I now buy smaller batches at a time, I don't stockpile the stuff, even when it's on sale; it's not worth it.

Carol said...

I was told to store it in zip loc bags with a couple of silica gel packs. Can't affirm that but might be worth a try.

Janet O. said...

Well, I didn't have an answer for you, but I have learned something from reading the other comments. I have experienced this, too and am glad to know the problem.

Anonymous said...

I have no expert advice to offer, but I learned from this so thanks. I'd also march into Joann's and complain. Might not help but would make me feel better and they should be aware.
Sue

Barbara Anne said...

I was wondering if you had steam in your iron as some of those products call for a dry iron.

Love the basket quilt and the variety of blocks makes the quilt much more interesting. I imagine this special quilt is cherished by your basket-making friend!

Hugs!

Quiltdivajulie said...

I would be most tempted to take it back to Joann's and show them all these comments about "old" product -- I agree, I've had the same'stale' experience.

Hopefully they will give you a refund!

PS (PSanafter-thought) said...

I also like to use Heat & Bond. The last that I bought was a new version and it is coming off the paper and off of the cloth, ie the cloth isn't bonding well at all. I'm not close enough to it to look up the name right now. I do know that the new stuff has different heat requirements than the old stuff, and different from the Heat and Bond Ultra, which I also use when I don't want to sew and don't mind a stiff result (like fabric postcards. Warning: you CANNOT SEW the Ultra. Says so on the package. Believe it!!!)