What a fantastic invention!
Some of my customers were asking me why their needles get all 'gunked up' when they try to stitch around their stuck down, applique shapes. I wasn't sure of the answer so I wrote to the lady who knows all about it... here's the reply and it all makes very much sense... give it a go won't you...
Hi Angie – Regarding the Lite Steam-A-Seam 2, the ladies are not fusing long enough. We are using a much stronger pressure sensitive adhesive to keep the paper lining attached to the web until it is time to remove it. The new adhesive also allows for a better temporary hold to the fabric. It is thicker and requires 20+ seconds when working with cotton on cotton and using steam. If you are using a dry iron or have turned your iron down from the cotton setting, you would then need to increase the fusing time. They shouldn’t be afraid of really giving it the heat, overlapping all areas. This turns the Steam-A-Seam 2 viscous allowing it to flow into both fabrics. If anyone experiences gumming or needle resistance, the Steam-A-Seam has not been fused long enough. This is truly the best product we have ever made.
Dawn PereiraVP, Sales & Marketing