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    Hiding the backside of the stitching

    I was at the dollar store looking for who knows what, when I saw these recycled tote bags. I thought I could embroider a design on them and they'd be cute fast gifts.

    So I stitched some small easy designs onto each bag. I had to rip out the side seams of the bag so I could hoop it and get it under my machine. It was really easy and they came out cute. But the inside of the bag wasn't so cute. I thought I could put a small piece of muslin over the backside of the design would make it much cleaner. Well my idea sucked. or rather my application sucked. I used Wonder Under which works great, but an iron and the tote bag don't work out at all.

    I now have this plastic-y stuff on my iron and one ruined tote bag. Good thing the design wasn't big and the bag was just a dollar.

    #2
    Sometimes that gunk will peel off the iron base after it cools. I'd try a magic eraser . . .

    As for the tote bags - not knowing their design, would it be possible to put a lining in them before you sew the seams back up?
    Sometimes, when there's a raging fire,
    it's best not to try to put it out with gasoline.

    "...pal carajo con la negatividad..."

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      #3
      As soon as I realized what I had done I turned off the iron to cool it. I sure didn't want to cook it anymore. I haven't tried anything yet, I couldn't face it today. Maybe tomorrow.

      The lining is a good idea. I can work up a sample and see how it works out. Thanks!

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        #4
        Maybe you can use a piece of fabric to match the color
        of your tote on the inside which may camaflouge
        your design. Also use the same color thread as your tote
        in your bobbin.

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          #5
          If I think the back side of an embroidery is going to show I use matching thread in the bobbin and wash away or tear away stabilizer.
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