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    Prairie Pointer

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    Default LITE STEAM A SEAM 2 DOUBLE STICK

    This is the first time I've used this double stick version. It was wonderful for placement as you can lift and restick appliqué pieces to background before making placement permanent with heat. The problem I'm having is it is gumming up my needle. I have to remove the gluey ball that accumulates on my needle after satin stitching approximately every inch. I'm making two table runners and have all appliqué pieces backed with this stuff so hoping there's a solution. I've been putting thread heaven on needle and still not having success. Any recommendations?

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    Default Re: LITE STEAM A SEAM 2 DOUBLE STICK

    I always use steam a seam 2 lite. Its a double stick and is repositionable until heat set. I have never had any issue with it gumming up my needle and I do a lot of applique.
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    Default Re: LITE STEAM A SEAM 2 DOUBLE STICK

    I only had that problem once using another product, but I found that changing the needle to a larger size helped. You can also try setting your satin stitch a tiny bit longer. For most quilting weight fabrics, you can use a 90/14 Microtex Sharp, a Jeans or embroidery needle. The needle eye is a bit larger on those needles. A lighter bobbin thread is also helpful. Of course, check your machine manual for recommended needles.

    The newer Steam a Seam II Lite is what I use now but since you already have your applique pieces pressed, try another needle and experiment on some scraps.

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    Default Re: LITE STEAM A SEAM 2 DOUBLE STICK

    I tried a larger needle as suggested and it is working better. It's still gumming up but I can sew longer without having to remove goo from needle. I started noticing the gum up increases on large, straight stretches where I tend to go faster. Wondering if the heat from the friction activates the glue more??

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    Prairie Pointer

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    Default Re: LITE STEAM A SEAM 2 DOUBLE STICK

    That's the same product I'm using. I'm glad you haven't had issues with it! I've read great reviews about the product as well. I'm making a Patrick Lose table runner and he suggests this product, too.

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    Default Re: LITE STEAM A SEAM 2 DOUBLE STICK

    It might be just that package wasn't processed right. I had a whole bolt of Pellon fusiable web & adhesives interfacing paper backed that for love or money I could not get the paper off. Thought I was doing it wrong so asked at my Ben Franklin store and she said they had a lot that was bad. I contacted Pellon and they replaced the whole bolt. I was quit surprised because I had bought it sometime ago. Never hurts to ask.

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    Default Re: LITE STEAM A SEAM 2 DOUBLE STICK

    That's the reason I stopped using it. It was forever gumming up my needle. Sorry, I don't have any tips for you. I switched to MistyFuse and no more gumming....

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    Default Re: LITE STEAM A SEAM 2 DOUBLE STICK

    There was a time couple of years ago when Lite SAS2 lost their manufacturer. Then had many problems with new glues, etc. Hoping that now that has been corrected but haven't thought to ask at my LQS. Misty fuse was a suggested sub but as I remember it may have been higher priced. My shop refused to buy the Lite SAS2 until all the bugs were worked out. Guess I need to see about that.

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    Default Re: LITE STEAM A SEAM 2 DOUBLE STICK

    Just was at the Shipshewana Quilt Festival last week and at a couple of the schoolhouse sessions -- one on FMQ and the other on applique -- they both recommended using Sullivan's Silicone Spray. The suggestion was to spray some of the material on your fingers and then rub it on the needle to keep the needle from getting gummed up. Slowing the machine down when doing applique will also help with heat build up on the needle and keep from melting the glue in the fusible. Several folks agreed with those recommendations. I purchased some of the spray but have not had the opportunity to try it yet.

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    Default Re: LITE STEAM A SEAM 2 DOUBLE STICK

    I use the Steam a Seam or Heat N Bond and have had issues with the needle gumming. I purchased a bottle of Sewer's Aid at JoAnn's and rub a little on the needle periodically and it takes care of that problem. It's probably similar to the Sullivan's Silicon Spray, and it's easily found here locally.
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