Hi Guest, Welcome to the quilting forums, register now —or—

Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: Help, help!

  1. #1
    The Guild President

    Join Date
    Oct 2015
    Location
    Somewhere in the south
    Posts
    761
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Help, help!

    The first time in 30 years of quilting that I agree to do a quilt for someone and disaster strikes!
    I am doing a tee shirt memory quilt and the directions for the stabilizer says to use steam. I put water in the iron and start to steam the tee shirt to the stabilizer. When I lift the iron there are what are probably rust spots on the tee shirt. The shirt color is traffic cone orange.
    I quickly mix a little laundry detergent and some Dawn dish detergent and gently scrub with a tooth brush. I rinse and its still there but not as bad. I then put some Shout on, rub it in with my finger and let it sit. I went back a while later and took some water and the toothbrush and gently cleaned the spots.
    It now has the faint look of a spaghetti sauce stain in a water mark pattern. At this point I am hysterically laughing because the shirt is from a mission trip to Greece and the stain is under the word Greece so I'm thinking meatballs.
    Now that I have calmed down I know my best bet is to come to you guys for help. I can't ask for another shirt because this is the last one she had.
    Should I leave it and spray it with stain remover again when I finish it or let it dry and try again to get the stain out before sewing it into the row?
    My iron has never done this before so I've now written on the handle "no steam"!




  2. #2
    The Guild President

    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Posts
    500
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Help, help!

    This video says lemon juice or vinegar. http://www.howcast.com/videos/196211...ed-by-ironing/
    Quilters never die, they just go batts.

  3. Thanks Carolnnc thanked for this post
  4. #3
    Missouri Star

    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Location
    West Viriginia
    Posts
    4,084
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Help, help!

    OMG, sorry! I don't know what I'd do except cry and freak out!

    I hope someone has a suggestion here!

    Women are Angels.
    When someone
    break's our wings
    we will continue to
    fly...usually on a
    broomstick.
    We're flexible like that.
    - embroitique

  5. Thanks Carolnnc thanked for this post
  6. #4
    Missouri Star

    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    rural Missouri
    Posts
    5,026
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Help, help!

    If it truly is rust, the best solution for removal is a rust remover.....I can't find mine to give you the name......but I get it from Walmart. Grandma's secret stain remover also says it will take out rust, along with a long list of other stains. You can find it at Hobby Lobby and some quilt shops. It is suppose to be gentler on fabrics, but I haven't used it yet.

  7. Thanks Carolnnc thanked for this post
  8. #5
    Missouri Star

    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    rural Missouri
    Posts
    5,026
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Help, help!

    It is called Whink....at Walmart. My parents used it for years for rust and blood laundry stains. It is safe on fabrics.

  9. Thanks Carolnnc thanked for this post
  10. #6
    The Guild President

    Join Date
    Oct 2015
    Location
    Somewhere in the south
    Posts
    761
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Help, help!

    Thanks to all of you! When I tried lemon juice the navy letters on the tee started to bleed. I called DH and had him run by Walmart and he found Whink. It took the rust out without discoloring the tee shirt.




  11. #7
    Missouri Star

    Join Date
    Dec 2015
    Posts
    6,254
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Help, help!

    Oh I'm so glad it worked. I was going to suggest you just go forward in makingthequilt and wash it afterwards. BUt, now you won't have to.

  12. Thanks Carolnnc thanked for this post
  13. #8
    Designer Diva

    Join Date
    May 2014
    Location
    Tempe, AZ
    Posts
    487
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Help, help!

    Phew! The forum does it again!
    Bev

  14. Thanks Carolnnc thanked for this post
  15. #9
    Designer Diva

    Join Date
    Jan 2016
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    413
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Help, help!

    Love a happy ending!

  16. Thanks Carolnnc thanked for this post

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •