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  • How do you remove the melted fleece off of your iron?

    Hi Molly,

    Rowenta Soleplate Cleaner works very well for that. You can get their kit from Amazon or through Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store. I’m sure it is also available at other places. Here is the current link for it on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Rowenta-ZD100-Non-Toxic-Soleplate-Cleaner/dp/B0006V875S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1439312384&sr=8-1&keywords=rowenta+sole+plate+cleaner

    You heat your iron to the highest setting. Then squirt the cleaner on the washcloth and rub the iron on it until it comes clean. I melt fusible web onto my iron all too often and it works great on that too.

    In a pinch, take an old washcloth, heat your iron to the highest setting and try rubbing it off on the cloth. But the cleaner works better.

    Take care,

    Elizabeth

  • Hi Elizabeth –

    Since you make stuffed animals, I’m hoping you now the answer this question.

    Can you iron on a team logo patch onto polar fleece? I know I’d have to be very careful not to touch anything outside the appliqué with the iron. I have a Rowena with a nice point to it, so I can be strategic in where I place the iron. I’m wondering if it will even stick well on polar fleece. I had thought about ironing it on, and then sewing around the edges with a few stitches in the middle and various places inside the appliqué. But, maybe I should just sew it on. Not sure. It’s stiff since it has an iron on backing, but sewing only would be doable.

    I’d appreciate any info you can give me.

    Warmest Regards,

    Jill Row

    Hi Jill,

    Here are a couple of blog posts I did about my experiences fusing and ironing on fleece:

    http://elizabethruffing.com/2010/09/fleece-applique-how-to.html

    http://elizabethruffing.com/2011/12/ironing-wrinkles-out-of-fleece-fabric.html

    You will need a press cloth. I used a cotton wash cloth. I needed to use the lowest temperature I had that would still generate steam on my iron, which was the lowest cotton setting for me. That is too hot to put directly onto the fleece, and so I would try this experiment on a piece of scrap first, if that is possible. If it is a jacket, maybe there is a spot on the inside you could just try ironing with the press cloth and steam, in a very small area with the tip of the iron. I usually use a Teflon sole plate protector while doing this. They look like this and usually fit most irons: http://sewtrue.com/Store/Iron-Safe-Home-Iron-Shoe-P593.html

    You may find that the patch is just too thick for the steam to melt the fusible on the back and make it stick, at that temperature. It is more likely that you will only be able to get it to melt enough to tack it in place. I’m guessing either way you decide to go, you will still need to sew the patch down. It will depend on the thickness.

    I hope that helps! Good luck!

    Kindest regards,

    Elizabeth

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