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    How To Apply Ready Made Crystal Designs

    Directions for Heat Transfer Motifs purchased from
    Sew Fancy Inc.
    Please read all directions before starting!

    • Work on a firm surface, not on a soft ironing board.

    • Remove plastic backing from clear film. Place motif on garment or textile with adhesive side down. If it is not in the desired place, you can place it again and again.  Cut it apart, change it, nothing is permanent until you press it on.

    • Place a Teflon sheet over the motif prior to heat setting.

    • For thin fabrics, insert a Teflon sheet between the layers of fabric to prevent the glue from going through to the other layer.

    • Use a DRY iron with temperature appropriate to the fabric, a setting of about wool works well for cotton fabrics --irons vary greatly so temperature may need to be adjusted.

    • Place your iron on top of the pressing cloth on top of the design.  Let it sit there for 45-60 seconds.  Do not move the iron.  This will make you nervous, BUT the length of time and your iron's temperature is what is melting the glue.  Then take the front half of the iron and press down in small sections at a time.  This will help with different size pieces and different heights of pieces in the design.  If your design is larger than your iron, move the iron to press the next section as above.  You must be sure to melt the glue to make it permanent.  When done, the plastic should have a slight rippling or bubbling in it. If the plastic is still flat, then the iron ;is too cool.  If the edges are shrinking the iron is too hot.

    • Let the glue cool for about 5 minutes  Run the iron overt the plastic so it will come off easier. Lift the clear film carefully, watching for loose stones/studs/nailheads. If any are loose, put film back down and reapply the heat as before.

    • When completely cool, rub over the design with your palm, now harder.  Then take your finger nail and scratch at each crystal and metal to be sure that they are secured firmly. If you find any loose ones, re-press using the front of the iron but not just the tip as this might indent the metals.

    • Your transfer should now be permanently sealed to the garment or fabric. It is now machine washable using mild detergent on delicate and machine dryable. Using a laundry bag and turning the garment inside out is advisable to prevent damage to the stones/studs/nailheads.

    • Designs that contain FLAT coloured (e.g. red, etc.) coloured metals, should be hung to dry.

    • Please note that times and temperatures are approximate depending upon the fabric, the iron that you are using and the particular stone/stud that you are applying.

    • Fabrics that may be used:  T-shirts, sweat-shirts, cottons, cotton blends, wool, silk velveteen, velour, denim, lycra, slinky.  Always test fabrics if you're not sure, read the garment hand tag too.  Pre-wash wovens without fabric softener.  More time and pressure are needed for wovens.

    • Do not use on Nylon jackets, velvet, acrylic, leather, vinyl, trigger (fabrics with a finish). Don't forget to read the care labels.

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